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Chillin' (For Arfer)

Chillin'  (For Arfer)
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Copyright: Kathy Meader (writerscrawlz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 2 N: 924] (2961)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS digital rebel XT, 28-300mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/180 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !!! FARE thee well... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-28 9:12
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This female Northern Flicker surprised me by allowing me to get closer to her than I imagined, especially since she has a nest of youngsters just below the branch she's perched on.

The youngsters are too young to be seen (they can't crawl out of the hollow where she and her mate built their home), but they were certainly driving this new mama crazy. While she is taking a break from feeding her new brood, Papa is scouting for food and then bringing it back. It's nice to see that she's not a single mom. Here she is taking a much needed rest; perhaps she's too tired to care that I am there.

I took several shots from different angles because the light kept changing on me (dark clouds, sun) and this one turned out to be my favorite.

This one is dedicated to Arfer because his bird photos drove me cuckoo and made a bird-brain out of me - his superb photos got me interested in these wonderful feathered creatures. (Along with others, but those will come later)

One thing I noted for certain: I think I'm happy being an aunt for now with only a kitten and a dog. These youngsters are demanding, hungry most of the time, and leaves these new parents exhausted. From what I noticed when my niece was a baby, it is often the same, but for much longer! I really do admire the true dedication, love, and endurance of parents who strive to create a loving atmosphere for the little ones - my hat is off to each one of you!

Tobias__Ortmann, CatherineD, nglen, pekkavalo1, Dave, eqshannon, Luis52, tuslaw, CeltickRanger, maurydv, Shoot_Score has marked this note useful
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Hi kathy beatifull bird shot
Great contrast colours and pov
But I think the bird is a bit out of focus
but well done

Hello Kathy,
This is a lovely bird and your photo is very well composed, with nice colours and good sharpness. This species is unknown for me. Thanks for sharing,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-28 11:14]

Hi Nathy. Now this i must say is a good close up of this unusual looking bird. One i have not seen so thanks for posting. You have captured fine detail and natural colours. I like all of its marking and the heart shape on its breast. well done TFS.

Hi Kathy,

Excellent capture of this Northern Flicker with good pose and composition, sharp details, good BG and colours.



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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2008-05-28 16:14]

Hi Kathy,
This is one of my favorite birds, and you have done a beautiful job capturing this pretty female.
I think you could have cropped some of the excess leaves off the top to make it a little better, but even so it is an excellent shot.
Very nice!


Thanks for you kind comments Kathy and your story about the tragedy is online now as I type...Thanks so much for sharing parts of you which all should know..you have a unique life!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-05-28 18:45]

Hola Kathy.
Lovly photo. Very nice pose, and excellent sharpness. I like the note too.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-05-28 19:31]

Great shot Kathy,
You really did get up close to this one. Very sharp and colorful image, nice eye catch. Love all the contrasting colours that you've managed to incorporate into this photo. TFS!!

Splendido primo piano, ottimi POV e taglio compositivo, molto buone la nitidezza e la definzione dei dettagli del piumaggio, bellissimi i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-29 3:42]

Hello Kathy,
What a fine view of this beautiful Flicker! I like your POV from below showing the pattern and beautiful colours very sharply. A nice leafy background too. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-05-29 9:22]

Hi Kathy
very nice comnposition
very good sharp
well done.

hello Kathy

you did a excellent image of the Northern Flicker,
with very fine POV, DOF and framing, wonderful luminosity
of the image, great sharpness and details of the
Northern Flicker and the branche, TFS


Beautiful details in the plumage. Great point of view. Well composed and perfect lighting!

Kathy, this is a lovely capture - it clear and well composed - again well done!!! saddly i'm out of smileys so :) :) :) :) mark

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-10 18:46]

Hello Kathy

A beautiful capture of this Northern Flicker.
I am very honoured to have this dedication.
The clarity is wonderful.
Excellent focus with lovely sharpness.
The pov and dof are terrific.
Thanks a bunch.


Kathy I found this one because I was looking for my fellow Canuck Arfer... There is a huge sinkhole suddenly where all those great shots used to hang out! Glad to see Rob was an inspiration to U as well! When it comes to Flickers, U may wanna check out Bobair's shots too!

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