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Red Knot

Red Knot
Photo Information
Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 800, Canon EF 2x Extender II
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-28 3:21
Viewed: 4571
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An adult Red Knot in winter plumage feeding during the migration at Yyteri mud flats in the West coast of Finland.

For those who are often asking where was I, the answer is wading knee deep in the mud. (It is a great thing that the smell is not included;o))

From Birdguides:

Knot (Calidris canutus)

In: Red Knot Ca: Territ gros Da: Islandsk Ryle De: Knutt Es: Correlimos gordo Fi: isosirri Fr: Bécasseau maubèche It: Piovanello maggiore Nl: Kanoetstrandloper No: Polarsnipe Pt: Seixoeira Sv: Kustsnäppa US: Red Knot Ru: Исландский песочник

Except in its impressive red summer plumage, the Knot is a rather non-descript bird, often identified when you realise it's not anything else. They are bigger and dumpier than Dunlins, with a relatively shorter and thicker drooping bill. Large flocks can be identified as they wheel and turn in dense clouds-one minute dark, the next flashing white. Single birds in flight are uniformly grey with a paler white wing bar and mottled grey rump.

Winters on muddy and sandy estuaries.

The birds which winter in Europe breed in Canada and Greenland. Siberian breeders almost all stop off at the Waddensee in spring and autumn, before wintering mainly in west Africa.

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Hi Pekka,
This is a lovely shot! I love the natural environ you've captured with the subject!A sharp, well framed shot!

  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-28 5:30]

Hi Pekka,
a superb shot of this Red Knot.
Really good detail in the plumage.
Excellent composition.

Well done,


Hi Pekka, wonderful capture of this beautiful knot in nice composition with excellent clarity and nice reflections.
TFS and cheers,


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-28 10:31]

Hello Pekka,
Very beautiful photo of this Red Knot. Excellent sharpness, low POV and DOF. Beautiful natural colours and composition.
Best regards Siggi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-28 10:45]

Hi Pekka,

I thought you might have been wading in the mud! I always try to figure out where you were when you took your shot. I'm amazed at how many wading birds you see. This Red Knot is lovely with nice colors and details. I love the reflection.


hello Pekka

excellent photography of this wader bird,
shot with fine POV, DOF and framing,
i love that in the image you included
his reflexion on the water, TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-28 11:46]

Hej Pekka,
A very fine sharp capture of a Red Knot in winter plumage taken from a fine low POV and well composed to include its reflection in the water in nice lighting.
A fine shot from Finland and TFS!

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-28 11:50]

Hello Pekka,

You have made a good photo in the natural light. Bird is well shown from a well chosen POV. Image is sharp so that plumage and body details can be well seen. Colors are looking natural and bird's image reflection in the water makes the photo even more interesting.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Pekka,
Good work. An adult Red Knot in its winter plumage in its habitat.
The low point of view enabled you to achieve a blurred background.
Well done
Thanks for sharing

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-28 12:31]

Hi Pekka . One more to add to your fine picture colection. You have so many water birds. This one to has fine detail and natural colours. with interesting notes too.well done tFS.

Super composition of this Calidris canutus Pekka, excellent sharpness and fine details. Thanks for posting. Greetings. Ferran


Great natural environment capture. Good clear shot. I love the reflection in the water.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-01-29 0:45]

Merhaba Pekka,
Bizim "Büyük kumkuşu" diye adlandırdığımız bu güzel kuşun değerli bir karesi bu. Yaban ortamı içerisinde çok başarılı bir kayıt olmuş. Emeğine sağlık.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-29 2:37]

Pekka, The shot with the shadow on the water is very interesting. Good note and a nice composition. Ganesh

Interesting comp/POV Pekka, and the reflection adds nicely.
Great detail, DOF, and the slight reddish cast works well with the "Red Knot" for some strange reason ;-}}
Well done,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-01-29 7:30]

Hello Pekka,
I see that you posted on TN a lot of photos of marshy birds. Many of them I've never seen in nature. This also like me, very good sharpness ,natural environment.
Regards, Pawel

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-01-29 13:02]

Hi Pekka
This is a lovely image!
well done.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-29 23:20]

Hello Pekka,
The composition of this photo is outstanding. The light is very nice and the colors are beautiful.TFS

Ciao Pekka, beautiful bird with fascinating reflections, wonderful composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Pekka,

Beautiful Red knot captured in the wet area framing the natural setting with its reflection. Nice lighting and sharp in shallow focus. TFS and well done.

Best regards,

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