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Blue Shanks

Blue Shanks
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Copyright: Art Roberts (Art_R) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm ED, 77mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-22 14:15
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Points: 44
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Hi Folks , today I have another American Avocet , blue shanks is a colloquial name given to this bird because of its long slender gray legs. this one found at a near to town bird sanctuary called Frank Lake.

though there where millions of flying insects the Avocets kept to their business of searching the water for food. they did not even seem to notice the flies , but my photos sure did, this and most of my photos that day required the spot healing brush to remove the blurry black spots caused by the flies. but oh well it was a very nice day out with lots of beautiful birds to see , and a few ground squirrels that where not very shy at all :-)

thanks for stopping in , hope that you like it.


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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2008-05-22 14:19]

Bardzo udane ujęcie. Odbicie kadr wszystko super.



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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-05-22 14:49]

Hola Art, muy bonita composición, una toma nitida, con buen color y luz. El reflejo le da mucho mas atractivo a la fotografia. Un saludo

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-05-22 15:52]

Muito bom ótima composição usando a agua como espelho ficou interessante a imagem bela nitides e qualidades,parabéns.

Hi Art,

Beautiful shot with a nice reflection
Perfect POV, DOF and sharpness
excellent colors and composition

TFS Thijs

What a nice picture, very sophisticated and well composed. I never had the chance to see this specie "in real", they are elegant and gracious birds. Well done and well seen!


What an excellent capture this is! The focus is spot on the bird, lighting and colors are great and the reflection is just right. This is a very enjoyable shot. Excellent work. TFS.

Best Regards,


Hi Art,

Superb shot of this Blue Shank, the detail is excellent, love the curved beak, exposure is perfect, with an amazing reflection in the water, and the background just completes this perfect image, really nice work,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-22 21:25]

Hello Art

A wonderful capture of this Avocet.
The colours are excellent and the mirror like reflection is superb.
Well composed.
The image is sharp and well focused.
Great job.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-22 21:41]

Yes Art, i guessed as much while looking at this stunning image as to where the "blue" tag in its anem came from..those slender grey legs are reall amazing and quiet eye catching.I like the movement captured in the legs.You have made the best use of the natural light and the details are very well picked up.The reflection too works very well here.
TFS & Cheers

Hi Art, very nice capture of this Avocet. It's the composition, in this great crop, with that awesome reflection that really makes this shot, though your great sharp detail and colour are excellent as well. Very nice.

Thanks, John

amazing pic, TFS Ori

Hello Art,

Excellent sharp picture of this avocet. Excellent composition. Superb reflection in the water. Great light and natural colours.

Hi Art

Great shot of this beutiful wading bird
The reflection obviously makes the shot
Very well composed, despite the flies
Good sharpness and background


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-23 10:08]

Hello Art,
Ecellent photo of this Avocet. Great natural colours and a beautiful reflection. Sharpness and details are very, very good. Perfect POV.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-23 12:55]

Hi Art. This looks like a water painting . excellent . fine detail and natural colours in the long lege bird. you have a very good reflection in the water. well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

Los reflejos sobre el agua siempre proporcionan un gran atractivo para muchas tomas. La nitidez de la imagen es buena. Resulta una composición muy agradable.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-05-25 13:13]

hi Art,
superbe image nature, je suis admiratif de cet effet miroir. Magnifique netteté et couleurs extra.


Fabulous shot. Great reflection, wonderful color, brilliant pose - caught in that step. Well done!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-05-31 19:44]

Hello Art,
fuuuh. What a great shot. Real cool with great clarity and calm muted background. The reflection is brilliant. Excellent piece of shot. Great job.


Hi Art,
Nicely executed shot, beautiful angle,no destructive elements in the background and well composed frame. however I wold like to see little bet more space on the top and bottom of the Frame. Well done !!!
George Veltchev


great shot, excellent picture

very well done!!

regards stef

Hello Art!

I saw this shot today and I'm bewitched. Great simplicity made this capture very attractive. Magnificent reflections made interesting symmetry. Captured specie is very rare. Well done!


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