Drying my wings
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|Found in most areas where there are still or sluggish bodies of water fringed with vegetation. |
The alternate name of "Snakebird" comes from the swimming method employed by Darters. They swim very low in the water, often with just their head and neck protruding abobe the surface. They spear their prey (mainly fish but also other aquatic animals eg snakes, frogs, crustaceans etc) underwater as they swim along. They nest communally alonside cormorants, ibises, herons and egrets. The species performs frequent local migrations in response to rainfall patterns
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A very unusual looking bird -- no body feathers, just down, like a chick. Very nice pose. Focus on the head looks a bit soft, and highlights are a bit over exposed on the beak and log, but all in all this is a very nice image.
Hi: beautiful "pose" of your bird and perfectly aligned in the frame. Also nice blurred and unobtrusive background. Problem is the overexposed light areas. If the whole pic is darkened eg with PShop levels, then the darks will be too dark. I think you have to darken slightly with levels, then dodge and particularly burn the areas that need specific attention, mainly darkening up a bit.
- [2006-02-18 3:09]
vu les conditions pour faire la photo ... bravo
Damn the critics, this is a fine picture. I think we call these these things "Anhingas" or some such back in the States... very nice pose... give him a couple points as well!
- [2006-03-01 22:57]
What a beautifull image Liezel, i like the composition, colours & sharp detail, Blurred background is very nice. TFS
- [2006-03-09 6:19]
great and very sharp image :)