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Wood Sandpiper @Tringa glareola,

Wood Sandpiper @Tringa glareola,
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-19 16:43
Viewed: 2734
Points: 42
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Thanks to Razvan who give me the benefit of identifying the bird. I think he is right. Initially I identified it s Common Redshank.

Correct me if Im wrong as Im not very good in identifying the bird as my knowledge about it is so little.In identifying, the possibilities of having it as sandpiper can also happen. I noticed only the neck has a difference!
My experience photographing it is quite interesting. first of all it will disappear the moment you approach it. It just simply sneaked into the green dense padi plants.
So my trick trick is from the car. I drove slowly along a one lane dirt road. Upon noticing it I dove at a distance where the bird could not suspect human face.
I stopped for a minute without doing anything. Then I unwind the side door slowly and waited for a few seconds. Then I shot it with the camera inside the car.
Even with that a minute or so it will realise something fishy, and disappeared into the padi fields.
Maybe laughing at me.

The Wood Sandpiper, Tringa glareola, is a small wader. This Eurasian species is the smallest of the shanks, which are mid-sized long-legged waders of the family Scolopacidae.

It resembles a longer-legged and more delicate Green (T. ochropus) or Solitary Sandpiper (T. solitaria) with a short fine bill, brown back and longer yellowish legs. It differs from the first of those species in a smaller and less contrasting white rump patch, while the Solitary Sandpiper nas no white rump patch at all.
However, it is not very closely related to these two species. Rather, its closest relative is the Common Redshank (T. totanus), and these two share a sister relationship with the Marsh Sandpiper (T. stagnatilis). These three species are a group of smallish shanks with red or yellowish legs, a breeding plumage that is generally subdued light brown above with some darker mottling and with a pattern of somewhat diffuse small brownish spots on the breast and neck.

The Wood Sandpiper breeds in subarctic wetlands from the Scottish Highlands across Europe and Asia. They migrate to Africa and southern Asia, particularly India. Vargant birds have been seen as far into the Pacific as the Hawaiian Islands. In Micronesia it is a regular visitor to the Marianas Islands (where flocks of up to 32 birds are reported) and Palau; it is recorded on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands about once per decade. This species is encountered in the western Pacific region between mid-October and mid-May

This bird is usually found on fresh water during migration and wintering. They forage by probing in shallow water or on wet mud, and mainly eat insects and similar small prey. T. glareola nests on the ground or uses an abandoned old tree nest of another bird, such as the Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-04-19 22:23]

Hello Foozi
Nice capture of this wader. For me looks like a Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola). I don't know if this specie is present in that area, but I'm sure it is not Redshank.
May be is somebody who can help us.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-20 2:38]

Hi Foozi,it's a very nice and difficult pic,not easy a perfect focus on the bird like that between the grass...and the contrast of colors is wonderfull....have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Foozi

Nice shot of this Wood Sandpiper in teh padi. You got good sharpness with your SX10. Good pose and colours too.


Ciao Foozi. Good colours saturation and liht. Interesting capture trought the wild environment.


hello Foozi

excellent photo of the Wood Sandpiper with fine POV
fine focus excellent sharpness and details, i love the
way it is framed with the water plants, just one thing Foozi
(and it is more easy to write it now than to thinked at that moment)
maybe i would zoom less, the bird would be from far a little bit
but doing that i could have all the reflection on the water,



Hello Foozi,

Very nice habitat picture of the sand piper. tfs

Very well timed shot, Foozi!
I love the water framing the bird so beautifully!

Ciao Foozi, lovely bird in a beautiful natural ambientation, splendid colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-04-20 11:39]

This bird looks very alert.
Great contrast and composition showing the area near the bird.
Greetings and TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-04-20 12:48]

Hello Foozi,
Composition, focus, sharpness and clarity is very good. I liked the low POV, soft light and the soft colors. Well done and TFS
Best regards Siggi

Hi MF Foozi,

An expertly taken capture of this sandpiper. Very effective use of the light and shadows. The sandpiper looks well placed too. Great spotting, but more importantly, great shooting.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


salam akhi Foozi
I agree with Razvan and this is very nice shot of Tringa glareola. The species also present here, but I dont know its range arrives to Malaysia. it gave to you a nice pose. you captured it with very nice focus, beautiful reflection and composition. thanks for sharing, best wishes my friend

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-04-20 16:34]

Hi Foozi,

A lovely Sandpiper peeking through the reeds. His face, eye, beak and plumage are so clear and sharp. Nice colors and details of the entire bird. I love the reflections in the water, the marvelous setting and the fine composition.


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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-04-21 0:37]

Hi Foozi

it is a beautiful bird , and a nice photo , I like the natural environment , nice light , and a fair detail , the composition is ok , but in my opinion the reflection is not working here , perhaps a crop to exclude more of it? , or capturing all of it , but half is a bit of distraction , reason I notice that is because I recently did the same :-( got a nice photo but chopped the birds reflection , and was kind of sad that I had not thought of it when I took the picture...

TFS & regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-21 4:41]

Hello Foozi,
A lovely and elegant bird shown in a very natural environment. These fine curved grasses are of great beauty, the fine Wood Sandpiper is standing just at the right place in between the aquatic vegetation. Very well seen and done
kind regards

Hi Foozi,

The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The point of view is allowing me to see the details and colors of the Wood Sandpiper. The vegetation is framing well the bird. The luminosity has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Foozi,
Very good POV and a really good light balance. I think that 1/200s is difficult to handle, and the result is good. A separate round of applause for the colors are really attractive! TFS, Jesús

Hello Foozi,
a very beautiful potrait of the Wood Sandipiper taken from an excellent POV in a splendid environment, very good sharpness and bright colours, very well done.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-23 12:33]

Hello foozi,
Almost missed this beautiful photo of, indeed, the Wood Sandpiper. It's present in the almost the whole of the Old World. Great sharp focus. Beautiful natural colours, also in the environment of the bird. Good POV and eye-contact.
Have a good weekend,

hello Foozi
superb capture of this Wood Sandpiper, i like his naturel environment of water and grass, beautiful lighting and colors, fine composed shot, TFS
Have a great WE

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-04-24 7:49]

Hello Foozi,
This is a lovely composition showing the Wood Sandpiper sharply in focus. A beautiful natural environment and wonderful light and colours too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-04-27 15:59]

Hi Foozi,

Very nice capture of that sandpiper! You caught him in a terrific location! It's hard to get a more natural looking environment than that. Great colours and details. I love the bright green grass all around the bird. I read your informative notes. You said that Razvan had identified the bird as a Wood Sandpiper. He's probably correct. As you've pointed out, the species looks similar to the Solitary Sandpiper, found in North and South America and the Caribbean. I enjoyed reading about your photo technique too. TFS.


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