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Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs
Photo Information
Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 100, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-29 7:14
Viewed: 5674
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Shot on a small pond near the El Mégano beach in Cayo Ensenachos in Cuba, this Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa Melanoneuca, 35cm) was searching for his dinner.

A common, tall, long-legged shorebird of freshwater ponds and tidal marshes, the Greater Yellowlegs frequently announces its presence by its piercing alarm calls.
Medium-sized to large shorebird.
Long, bright yellow legs.
Rather long neck and bill.
White rump and tail.
Size: 29-33 cm (11-13 in)
Wingspan: 60 cm (24 in)
Weight: 111-235 g (3.92-8.3 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes alike.
Three or four-noted, "dew-dew-dew."
Conservation Status
Populations appear stable.
Other Names
Grand chevalier à pattes jaunes (French)
Patamarilla mayor (Spanish)
Cool Facts
Although the Greater Yellowlegs is common and widespread, its low densities and tendency to breed in inhospitable, mosquito-ridden muskegs make it one of the least-studied shorebirds on the continent.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-29 7:19]

Hello Mario,
A very handsome shorebird,
Perfect pose, beautiful details, good exposure, nice catch light.
Best regards

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-07-29 7:54]

Merhaba Mario,
Bu güzel kuşun çok hoş bir pozunu kaydetmişsiniz. Suyun hafif dalgalı fonunda temiz bir kare. Elinize sağlık.

As always with your aviary collection...a fine contribution which needs no correction. In the case of bird images I find that you are one of the teaching masters..along with your formula one shots.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-29 8:51]

Salut Mario,une perfecte capture dans un environnement tres agreable,une trea beau travail et des excellentes notes aussi,merci de partager,bonne journee',Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-29 9:07]

Hi Mario,

This Greater Yellowlegs looks so elegant in this wonderful pose. The colors and details of his face and plummage add to the elegance. Nice lighting and setting.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-29 10:44]

Hlelo Mario,
Excellent capture of this beautiful wader. I like its pose and the nice light. Great focus and sharp details too. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Ciao Mario,
splendida cattura di Totano zampegialle maggiore, eccellenti POV e composizione con bellissimoi BG dell'acqua, ottima definizione, ottima esposizione nonostante il contrasto di luce con una buona resa dei colori.
Grazie e complimenti,

Hello Mario,
Its fabulous shot of yellowlegs with excellent wavy fore & background. TFS.

salut Mario

belle image de cet oiseau de rivage, excellent POV, DOF
et cadrage, belle netteté et détails avec un superbe contact visuel de l'oiseau avec toi, TFS


you have dug up a wonderful picture of this Yellowlegs from your archive, Mario.
I have seen this bird for the first time and it is a beauty with that black and white plumage and feathers.
The image is well composed with nothing else but water for background.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-29 22:07]

Hello Mario,
Nice one from your archives!
Delightful close capture of a Greater Yellow-legs in an excellent pose, from a great POV with fine sharpness. Superb use of the light.
TFS this beauty, have only seen its lesser relative in Sweden.

Bonjour Mario,

WOw! Ca te fait loin à aller pour photographier un Grand Chevalier ;-)

Belle pose de l'oiseau et jolie composition (excellent PDV).

Le plumage me parait sombre mais c'est probablement du à mon écran pourri du bureau... :-/

Joli cadrage également!

Bye et merci!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-31 11:11]

Hi Mario.
I like so natural elegant shot of a beautiful bird. Despite the backlight you have exposed image and reproduced the bird details excellently. POV and composition are also perfect. My kind regards and TFS.

Very nice.

Hi Mario,
Excellent capture of this Greater Yellowlegs with good pose and composition, sharp details and nice natural colours.

Bonsoir Mario,

Une belle image rapprochée du Grand chevalier à pattes jaunes qui se promène dans l'étang. Les détails et les couleurs de l'oiseau sont clairs et précis. Les couleurs sont rehaussées par la luminosité. Bonne soirée.


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