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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): ManYee's Favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-25 8:09
Viewed: 3266
Points: 38
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American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana

Avocette d'Amérique (French)
Avoceta Americana, Piqocurvo (Spanish)

With its elegant profile and striking coloration, the American Avocet is unique among North American birds. In summer it can be found in temporary and unpredictable wetlands across western North America where it swings its long upturned bill through the shallow water to catch small invertebrates.

Cool Facts:

In response to predators, the American Avocet sometimes issues a series of call notes that gradually changes pitch, simulating the Doppler effect and thus making its approach seem faster than it actually is.
Nesting American Avocets aggressively attack predators, sometimes physically striking Northern Harriers or Common Ravens.

A female American Avocet may lay one to four eggs in the nest of another female, who then incubates the eggs. American Avocets may parasitize other species' nests too; single American Avocet eggs have been found in the nests of Mew Gulls. Other species may also parasitize avocet nests. Avocets have incubated mixed clutches of their own eggs and those of Common Terns or Black-necked Stilts. The avocets reared the stilt hatchlings as if they were their own.

American Avocet chicks leave the nest within 24 hours after hatching. Day-old avocets can walk, swim, and even dive to escape predators.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-25 8:16]

Hello Manyee,
This is a great sharp-detailed photo in very beautiful light and colours. The timing is perfect. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

Absolutely perfect shot of this Avocet Manyee.
Great exposure,colour and detail.
Very nice capture.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-25 8:27]

hi manyee,
very good composition and avocet is beautifuly captured with nice details and colors. the pose of the bird just great. tfs.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-10-25 9:02]

merhaba Manyee
wonderful capture and beautiful species
i like dynamic composition, POV, light, colours and sharpness

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-25 9:40]

Hello Manyee,
Wonderful capture of this beautiful American Avocet! Excellent timing and the light and colours are lovely. Excellent sharpness too and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Manyee,

Excellent shot
Perfect compo with Superb sharpness and colors
i love the catchlight in its eye

TFS Thijs

What a beautiful capture Manyee. This is really an interesting bird that I would love to photograph as I love the tri-colored plumage of this bird and the upturned bill is such an oddity. Thanks for sharing.
Paul :)

You managed wonderful sharpness and perfect exposure on this avocet. The action adds a lot of impact to the shot. I love the details on this beautiful/elegant bird.

Evelynn : )

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-25 10:20]

Hi Manyee. A very fine close up of the Avocet. You have used the light ing to give bright colours. good detail and a low POV. well done TFS. Interesting notes too.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-25 10:45]

Hello Manyee, fantastic moment caught! Great sharpness, beautiful subject and a very good result, thanks!


Hello Manyee

A lovely capture of this avocet.
The details are sharp and well focused.
Excellent natural colours.
The pose ,wading in the water is terrific,and the water splashing from it's beak is a nice touch.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-10-25 18:46]

Hello Manyee,
A beautiful bird captured with wonderful sharpness and color. This species seems so unusual since their beaks are bent at such an odd angle. The composition is great and the exposure is right on the money!!

Hallo Manyee
Splendid image. It is indeed a feast to the eye and cannot go unnoticed. This waterbird's beak is really a great attraction, and one cannot miss the marble black eye. The plumage has a soft feel to it. I can only but appreciate this stunning photograph. Indeed a jewel you have captured. An unique display of colour and beauty.
Focus, sharpness and presentation a well deserved A+.
Best regards

Hi Manyee

Great shot from the S3
Wonderful composition, great sharpness and colours


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-26 13:21]

Hi Manyee
Very nice image,gorgeous light and colours.
Excellent detail and perfectly sharp photo.
Regards Jiri.

Very nice stop action with great sharpness and details of this Avocet. Very nice natural warm lighting and exposure is perfect. Nice shot Manyee!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-10-28 18:41]

Hi ManYee

A lovely capture of this wading Avocet. These are beautiful little birds and to me they always look so fragile. Good timing capturing the water droplets still flying through the air as the bird's beak left the water. The colours are very natural, the composition is fine and the little (pinprick) catchlight in the eye is just great.

Well done MF and TFS.
Best regards

PS. I'm a bit pushed for time so please pardon me for this short critique. I'll be off the site for a week or so as I must go to hospital (Wednesday) to have an "incisional hernia" repaired on my abdominal wall. See you around later my friend.

Hello Manyee,
This is a so clear and nice composition capture.Model,colors and DOF are very good.
Well done

Hi Manyee,
this is classic American Avocet doing what it does best,foraging swallow water and picking out bugs and small animal life.The capture is clean and well focused and most definitely colour true.Thanks for this view,I rather like this stilty looking bird. Bob

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