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Early Morning

Posted by
Lee (Fort Frances Ontario, Canada) on 7 May 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Have you ever heard the sound a snipe makes when it's flying over it's territory and the wind whistles in its wings. There's a woo woo woo woo sound repeated over and over. They fly quite fast when scouting or trying to attract a mate. They are defending or establishing territories. When landed they start calling for a mate. When a mate is found the courtship begins.
This bird had been flying. I had watched it several times before. It landed in the same area all the time. Fortunately when it landed this time I was in position to grab a shot or two. They belend in very well with the dead grasses and leaves on the ground.

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Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful shot

7 May 2009 5:16am

@Didier DE ZAN: Thank you

Lylou & Roland from Besancon, France

Nice morning light.. What lens did you use for this one ?

7 May 2009 5:28am

@Lylou & Roland: Thank you. I used my 650-1300mm. Probably set around 900mm to shoot this.

mats from Texas, United States

Just beautiful Lee! 'love the color tones and clarity. The bird really blend well with it's surroundings.

7 May 2009 6:20am

@mats: Thanks Mats. They are coloured perfectly to match their surroundings.

MMC Photos from THE COLONY, United States

I went on a snipe hunt once, not by choice. This is much prettier than how my adventure ended.

7 May 2009 6:49am

@MMC Photos: Thanks Michelle. The snipe is a game bird. I like bringing my game home in digital format.

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Super shot Lee your patience has paid off extremely well, bravo, nice colours

7 May 2009 6:57am

@P J W Miller: Thank you PJ. Sometimes it all comes together.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

...and the little branche over him ! lovely

7 May 2009 7:42am

@Veronique: Thank you.

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Beautiful light captured here, love the golden tones.

7 May 2009 8:15am

@Zing: Thank you. I love shooting early in the morning or evening. The tones are warm and welcoming. The animals are a little more approachable also.

Baby Sis from Canada

Nice capture, they really blend in well with the grass.

7 May 2009 9:23am

@Baby Sis: Thanks Sis. Yes they do.

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

stunning shot Love the sharpness the golden tones the compostion everything 5 stars from me

7 May 2009 9:51am

@jamesy: Thank you Debbie.

Denise from Perry, United States

HAve you ever thought of publishing a book. This photo is also meant to be painted, I will share with Oma.

7 May 2009 9:59am

@Denise: Thank you Denise. The though of a book has crossed my mind. Something for the coffee table. I'm still pondering the idea. Say hello to Oma.

JanW from Rotterdam, Netherlands

Beautiful picture Lee. It has a golden glow all over.

7 May 2009 10:41am

@JanW: Thank you very much

lydia from Paris, France

I have seen them , heard them , but never had the opportunity to take a picture , bravo Lee , I love the colors too !

7 May 2009 11:02am

@lydia: Thank you Lydia.

Kerri from Blacksburg, United States

Fabulous capture!!

7 May 2009 11:10am

@Kerri: Thank you Kerri. Please drop by and visit again.

Craig@Random Ramblings from Herts, United Kingdom

Lee, you continue to amaze me with your wildlife images. This is gorgeous, the DOF has created such a soft feeling and the golden light is beautiful. Well done!

7 May 2009 11:23am

@Craig@Random Ramblings: Thank you Craig. That makes me feel great. It is no easy task to capture some of these shots. Thank you again.

Marion from Cincinnati, United States

they do blend very well which would make it very difficult to least with AF. Great capture, Lee. I love your explanations. Makes me think I was there too :)
Have a super-dooper day!

7 May 2009 11:37am

@Marion: Thank you Marion. I will enjoy my day. Going out for a drive later this morning.

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Wonderful picture, light and colors!

7 May 2009 11:43am

@Eleftheria: Thank you.

Elora from Genoa, Italy

Fantastic! The light is so soft!

7 May 2009 11:59am

@Elora: Thank you. I just love the golden light created by early morning sunshine.

BoB from Milano, Italy

the colours are so warm, wonderful shot

7 May 2009 12:19pm

@BoB: Thank you for the compliment Bob. Please visit again.

Hidalgo from Herunen, Finland

Very lovely photo. That "golden" color tone is very exquisite.

7 May 2009 12:30pm

@Hidalgo: Thank you very much

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Exquisite detail. Superb light.

7 May 2009 1:59pm

@john4jack: Thank you Jack

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

Light, warm tones, birds - all brilliant !

7 May 2009 2:22pm

@Mariana: Thank you very much

The Big Guy from Regina, Canada

That 400mm lens is a fine piece of glass for this time of work. Well Done Lee.. Great DOF.

7 May 2009 2:26pm

@The Big Guy: Thank you.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I thought "snipe hunting" was a childhood joke, likes someone would take kids to the woods to make woo woo sounds and to snipe hunt, and leave them there for awhile. It's interesting to know they are real and see a nice photo of one.

7 May 2009 2:27pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you Barbara

Linda from Riga/Sigulda, Latvia

a wonderful bird photo. snipes are beautiful birds

7 May 2009 2:43pm

@Linda: Thank you.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

A bird's view of golden delights, I like how you took this :)

7 May 2009 3:48pm

@Lorraine: Thank you Lorraine.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Great capture Lee......perfect composition and color, and not so easy to do, when you never know when the bird is deciding to fly away!!!

7 May 2009 4:36pm

@Susan: Thank y ou Susan. That is the biggest problem I have. I always want to get one step closer. Then the bird aor animal takes off. I have thrown out way more shots than I keep.

Heather from Napanee ON, Canada

Another amazing pic!

7 May 2009 5:11pm

@Heather: Thank you.

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

Oh this is such a beauty!

7 May 2009 5:27pm

@dkc: Thank you. Please drop by often.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

A wonderful shot Nature View!

7 May 2009 6:52pm

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Lovely golden tones all around the bird. Great capture Lee.

7 May 2009 7:30pm

@Evelyne Dubos: Thank you very much.

LauraS from Chico, United States

OOOH, nicely shot. Such coloring, camoflauges, really.

7 May 2009 7:42pm

@LauraS: Thank you ever so much.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Lee, I know exactly what you mean...I frequently see Great Blue Herons, Ibis and other beautiful water birds behind my condo...and 9 times out of 10, by the time I get downstairs....they are gone.....

7 May 2009 8:02pm

@Susan: The life of a wildlife photographer. Thankfully digital caprtures are cheap. I have an awful lot of bird and animal butt shots.

kisskool from fontainebleau, France

great shoot, beautiful bird!

7 May 2009 8:39pm

@kisskool: Thank you.

eva from Rouen, France

It's very difficult to photograph birds, it needs patience, and good lens, and tripod, but above all : patience !
It's marvelous to see the power of mimetism of the birds, and we can see it in your pictures... Very fascinating !

7 May 2009 8:43pm

@eva: Thank you very much eva. Your words are to kind. Photography wildlife & nature are three of my passions. I'm glad you enjoy viewing what I show.

Nomad Flavor from Somewhere, United States

Extremely well done. The blending of the colors are magnificent!! Love where you placed the game bird.

7 May 2009 9:02pm

@Nomad Flavor: Thank you very much.

Vinman from Essex, United Kingdom

Lovely soft lighting and those out of focus grasses in the background are cool too.

7 May 2009 10:42pm

@Vinman: Thank you.

CMLDigitalDetails from NA, United States

Nice pic, I like the overall color tone for this image.

7 May 2009 11:18pm

@CMLDigitalDetails: Thank you for dropping by and leaving a compliment. Please visit often.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

This is wonderful. It reminds me of an old magazine I used to love as a kid - Sports Afield. It always featured artist's renditions of birds and animals in natural settings like this.

8 May 2009 3:26am

@Viewfinder: Thank you. I am pleased to know that some memories have been awoke. I hope my shot is as good as those you remember.

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Tres jolie photo!

8 May 2009 5:46am

@Sandrine: Thank you very much.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

The tones are magnificent!!! Beautiful capture... beautiful composition! Bravo

8 May 2009 5:49am

@Magda: Thank you ever so much.

Barbara from Florida, United States

Right from (or into) the pages of "Bird Magazine"
An amazing capture. The bird, light, dry grasses, composition is deserving to go further than a blog entry.
I will still give you 5 stars but you need a publisher for this one.

10 May 2009 1:56pm

@Barbara: Thank you ever so much Barbara. It is my goal to have my photos published. You cannot imagine how good your words make me feel. Have a great day.

Véro from Peisey-Nancroix, France

wonderful tones and framing , probably the one I prefer in your work !

10 May 2009 3:43pm

@Véro: Thank you very much for your comment and compliment. Please visit again.

Alun from Cheshire, United Kingdom

fantastic, such good detail

11 May 2009 9:24pm

@Alun: Thank you very much Alun

shallowregret from Kongsberg, Norway

your bird photography is very pleasing, love it

12 May 2009 8:44pm