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Brown Noddy

Brown Noddy
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South America, Birds of Ecuador [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-06 3:01
Viewed: 4151
Points: 50
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Brown Noddy
Anous stolidus galapagensis
Endemic subspecies (found only in Galapagos, but other closely related members of the species found elsewhere)

Image captured from a rocking boat.

Also known as Common Noddy. Dark brown, at times almost black, tern, neck and head greyer becoming almost white on forehead and top of head. The tail is wedge-shaped with small V-shaped notch in the end.

It feeds on small fish plucked from the surface of the sea, often in small flocks together with Blue-footed Boobies and pelicans.

It can frequently be sitting on the heads of fishing pelicans, waiting for small fry to leak out of the bill pouch.

The brown noddy breeds throughout the year on rock ledges and small caves in cliffs, generally in small colonies, often quite close to the water.

Courtship includes a lot of nodding and bowing, hence the common name. A single off-white blotched egg is laid on the bare rock. They breed less than once a year.

Source: Wildlife of the Galapagos
Julian Fitter,Daniel Fitter,David Hosking
Princeton Pocketguides, ISBN 0-691-10295-3

Exposure Time: 1/160
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 285 mm
Date Taken: 2007-04-27 16:30

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Muy buenas Selen
Gracias por presentarnos a esta ave rara y desconocida para mí, pero bien capturada. Que tiene pinta de ser entre gaviota y una paloma.
Un saludo

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-06 3:14]

Hi Selen

A really great shot of the Noddy. There is good colour and detail in the feathers and the POV is good. The BG also helps to show the bird to advantage.


Hello Selen,
Original bird. First time I see :)
Very good sharpness and POV. Nice colours.

Hello Selen
Excellent shot of this Rare Bird from Galapagos,
Perfect details,BG and composition,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-06 3:18]

Hello Selen,
This is a beautiful bird you've captured very nicely here. In spite of the movement details are pretty sharp and colours clear. The Brown Noddies were common on the Coral islands of the Barrier Reef in Australia but this must be a subspecies.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hola Selen,
Si Jorge dice que es rara, pues tiene que serlo, la captura me parece excelente por los detalles tan nítidos que aporta, Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Selen
Would love to go to the Galapagos isles myself and shoot this bird and other beautiful wildlife overthere.
You must have had a great time overthere.
Lovely bird image this is.
Very good composition and wonderful feather details and catchlight in the eye.
I also like the way the bird does stand out against the BG very much.
Have a nice weekend.
Kindest regards, Harry

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-06 3:57]

Hello Selen,
I didn't know that there was a sub-species of the Brown Noddy in the Galapagos Islands. It certainly looks paler and greyer than the noddies I have seen in Australia: In fact the difference looks so great it would surprise me if it gets the separate species status.
This is pretty sharp and well composed against the contrasting rock BG.
TFS and regards, Ivan

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-06 4:13]

Hi Selen,
an interesting bird.
Sharp and detailed.
Great POV.
Well done,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-06 4:24]

Hi Selen
Perfect details, colours, lighting and pose. A perfect capture!
TFS, José M.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-06 4:30]

Merhaba Selen,
Bu da daha önce hiç görmediğim bir tür.Bakışı çok yakalamışsın.Ellerine sağlık!

Degişik bir kuş
netlik ,kompozisyon güzel olmuş ellerine saglık selen

Hi Selen,
Nice profile shot of the brown noddy. Very well displayed and composed.

Great capture - truly a rarity! Works well with the background! Kudos!

Hi Selen,
What a lovely shot very sharp, informative notes
great colors, well composed, TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-07-06 11:27]

Hello Selen,
Nice capture especially from a boat, good sharpness and nice composition, thanks for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-07-06 12:14]

Hello Selen,
There isn't much brown on the Brown Noddy. Fantastic photo, sharp, good composition, colours and POV.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-06 12:50]

Interesting post and very good detail on this challenging subject. Exposure is perfect. Very nice glint of light in eye.

Merhaba Selen,
Very nice colour of the Noddy in real!
good pov with sharpness, neat and details
thanks for sharing

Interesting how this bird is captured sitting on that raised part of the background.One more bird I have never seen. Thanks for sharing.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-07 14:32]

Hello Selen

This week has been hectic,so I am just marking this photo for now and will visit it again soon.


Excellent work from a "rocking" boat Selen..Was it hard rock or classic? ;}}
Great detail, color, DOF, and exposure.

Merhaba Selen,
Harika bir kare.Güvecin ve martı martı karışımı bir kuş.Hiç görmemiştim.Kalite bir çekim.Eline sağlık.


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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-07-14 9:49]

Hi Selen,
It's most impressive that you got the head so sharply in focus despite the moving boat. Interesting birdie too, esp. the feet. Selamlar,

Merhaba Selen, bizim kumrulara benziyor biraz :) güzel yakalamışsın. tebrikler

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