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Dance of the Juncos

Dance of the Juncos
Información de la foto
Copyright: daniel hector (dantor) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 56 N: 224] (993)
Género: Animals
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2005-10-11
Categorías: Birds
Cámara: Sony DSC-F717
Exposición: f/5.0, 1/1000 segundos
Versión de la foto: Versión original
Tema(s): Interacting birds [view contributor(s)]
Fecha enviada: 2005-10-30 9:29
Vista: 3728
Puntos: 20
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Juncos are one of the most common winter visitors to bird feeders and fun to watch because of their interesting social behavior.

The flock has a social hierarchy with a pecking order in which males dominate females and adults dominate younger birds. Dominant birds will face another bird and raise and fan their tails revealing the white outer tail feathers. They may also rush at and peck or chase subordinate birds. Sometimes two dominant birds may face one another, extend their necks, and repeatedly raise and lower their bills as if in a little “dance.” Rarely will this end in a fight.
Excerpt from Don and Lillian Stockes’site

Although this shot was taken at ISO 100, S 1/1000, F/5 I am shocked by the amount of noise that showed up in the wings. I tried to remove some of it with Neat Image but was not happy with the results. Because I thought that this picture managed to convey the behaviour of the juncos at the feeder, I decided to post it anyway. What do you think? Time to invest in a DSLR?

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Hello Daniel!

Very interesting and well captured moment.

I very much like the details in the splayed feathers, and wonderful eye contact that you have managed between these two.

Sharpness, POV, lighting and pose are exceptional.

What noise?????

Well done on this fine posting, thank you.

As for DSLR .... just imagine :-)

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-10-30 10:29]

Hi Daniel
Well captured scene which really shows them communicating. Good lighting and framing. I don't see that much noise.
Well done.

You captured the moment beautifully. The noise is only in the shadows so its not much visible. Hmmm did you use a flash? I can see the wing shadow on the wall. Another argument in favor of getting a DSLR - shooting this sequence in motor drive :) Thanks for sharing!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-30 13:01]

Daniel, congratulations on a wonderful composition. You caught these two in the midst of a heated conversation. Wonderful position of the wings and eye contact. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-10-30 16:42]

Hello Daniel!
Very nice action capture!Details of the wings are great.
Thanks for posting...

Hi Daniel

Wonderful capture. Nicely composed. Light was good and compliments the shot. Sharpness and detail are spot on. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2005-10-31 5:43]

Really good artistic post - action, clarity, composition, lighting. Wonderful chiaroscuro background. I like the movement in the wings.
Excellent work

Hello Daniel! So much movement and expression, and yet such good clarity! Wonderful portrait of this behaviour, and very good notes too! Well done! Linda

Excellent photo Daniel. This interaction between the two is great. Very good sharpness, detail, color & light. Well done!
Thank You.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2005-12-30 11:37]

Beautiful 'family' scene of those Juncos Daniel. Very nice view of their plumage. Well done.


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