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Spider sandwich

Spider sandwich
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Copyright: Dave Holland (daveman) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 2 N: 44] (172)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-11 16:51
Viewed: 4997
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
With the disappearance of native grassland across the prairies, the mountain bluebird population is in decline. Many birdwatching organizations have tried to stem this fall by setting up nests along fencelines. This male was bringing a spider back to a nestbox to feed it's young.

I was about 25 feet away.

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Hi Dave, wonderful bird with great pose, splendid colors, very beautiful sharp composition and excellent details, lovely blurry BG, welcome to TN, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-03-11 16:59]

Hi Dave,It will be a sad if this Spider Sandwich goes any more into decline. Its such a pretty little thing. Your picture is well in focus and very sharp. I dont always like frames around pictures but yours sets it of well. Well done


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-03-11 17:16]

Essa valeu a captura, uma exelente imagem muito bem tirada e composta meus parabéns.

Fantástico disparo. Los colores están bien saturados.
Una vista muy agradable con muy buenos detalles.
Un saludo Dave. Juan Luis.

Hi Dave,
Great capture with super colours,composition and detail,perfect bg.
tfs and welcome to TN!

Hi Dave,
Magnificent capture of this bluebird!
I like so much the vivid and intense colors got on the bird's plumage.
It's very good the moment catched here, in the luch time of the bird.
Great point of view (POV) to show us this pose.
Congratulations for the picture and thanks for share it with us.
A warm welcome to TN and hope you enjoy here as much as us do.
Best reagrds,

Wow beautiful shot here Dave! Very sharp and great BG complimenting this lovely bird.

Hi Dave
What an excellent capture of our beautiful Mountain Bluebird. The colours turned out so rich and vivid. Nice sharp details and good lighting. I know these birds are very skittish and fly away so easily.
TFS Janice

Impresionante el enfoque y la gran profundidad de campo, aparte de la belleza de esta fotografía ...

Welcome to TN!
What a wonderful picture to choose as first post!
Sharpness, color and poised is just fantastic. I love the action shot here! Looking forward to more from you!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-03-11 21:14]

Hola Dave.- Una hermosa foto, bellos colores y gran nitidez de este Pajaro Azul. La comida en su pico le da gran valor.

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-03-11 23:10]

Hola Dave:
Bienvenido a TN. Has elegido una excelente captura para tu debut. Me agrada el color de este pàjaro azul, sus detalles, la luz, el enfoque y el momento especial que has logrado captar con tu càmara. Felicitaciones, y gracias por compartir.
Un cordial saludo.

Hi Dave

Welcome to TN.

This is an impressive way to start. What fantastic coloured plumage. Nice pose with clear, sharp details. Well done! :-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-12 1:59]

A warm welcome to TN, Dave!
What a beauty!
You nailed this one with sharp details and excellent exposure.
The spider in the beak adds an extra touch.
Great pose and fantastic eye contact.
TFS. : )

hello David,
An excellent photograph of blue bird with food in its bill. colours, pose,details,pov, dof are all great. You have chosen a wonderful photo for your first posting. Welcome to TN. looking forward to more pics from you, Smitha.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-12 3:37]

Hi Dave,

A great shot to start with on TN,colorfull and very sharp and a nice BG,the note is as well usefull,well done and hope to see more of your work,


Attractive bird well captured
Great sharpness and POV
Great OOF background and comosition
well done

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-03-12 13:12]

hello Dave
Excellent shot.
Lovely detail and colours,
welcome to TN

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-03-15 13:21]

Bienvenido a TN Dave... una primera presentación muy bella con gran agudeza y buen enfoque para captar a esta bella ave sobre un perfecto trasfondo difuso.
El DOF correcto, la buena iluminación y la armoniosa composición permiten apreciar nítidamente los detalles del plumaje y principalmente del almuerzo recién colectado.
Recuerda incluir los valores de la imagen siempre interesantes para analizar las mismas.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Welcome to TN Dave... a first very beautiful presentation with great sharpness and good focus to capture this nice bird on a perfect diffuse background.
Correct DOF, good lighting and the harmonious composition allow to appreciate the details of the plumage sharply and mainly of the recently collected lunch.
Remember to include the values of the image always interesting to analyze the same ones.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-03-17 9:47]

Dave, this is a lovely and beautiful image.

I like the shades of blue upon the feathres.

Besides, great lighing and sharpness, as well as a clear bg.

Well done.

Hello Dave congrat. this is a Top-Photo , TFS.

This is a real beauty.
For 25 feet, you did well.
It is a pity that we, humans, are killing off not only
our birds but almost anything in sight.
It is good that you have registered your point of view;
I share and agree with you on this matter.
Greetings from your neighbour in Calgary,

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-21 12:32]

Hi Dave, Wonderful photo of the very pretty Bluebird! The POV is great, the hues and tones of blue are fabulous and the feathers very sharp. All this and dinner in his beak! Its super composition.

very sharp focus of this blue bird, you could catch any detail from the spider in the beak, it's eyes, to feet, even the barbwire also so clearly visible. The poor spider make this picture tell the story about chain of life, excellent presentation

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-31 21:10]

Hi Dave,
This is one of the best Mountain Bluebird posting that I have senn here, great camera work.

Gorgeous colors, great capture on both your parts! Lots of great details and pov is amazing. TFS

Hi Dave,
this is a well detailed shot of the blue robin er- bird.Have you noticed how much a like these birds are to robins,except the colour?Good subject matter and that bonus spider in its mouth make this an excellent presentation,well done Dave. Tfs. Bob

Hi Dave,
Excellent capture of this briliantlly bluebird and all with nice even lighting showing the viewer sharp details in th eplumage. :)

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  • kessi Gold Star Critiquer [C: 80 W: 5 N: 74] (221)
  • [2007-09-29 15:19]

Hi Dave,
exquisite capture of this fellow. That very blurred background really enhances the bird and prey..... that blue of his plumage is amazing.

wonderful work.


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