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Stone Curlew

Stone Curlew
Photo Information
Copyright: Angelo Nardo (nardophoto) (9824)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 400 f/5,6L USM + TC 2x, Digital ISO 400
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-14 10:16
Viewed: 3230
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Stone Curlew or Eurasian Stone-curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) is a northern species of the Burhinidae (stone-curlew) bird family.
t is a medium-sized wader with a strong yellow and black beak, large yellow eyes (which give it a "reptilian", or "goggle-eyed" appearance), and cryptic plumage. The scientific name refers to the prominent joints in the long yellow or greenish legs. The bird is striking in flight, with black and white wing markings.

Despite being classed as a wader, this species has a preference for dry open habitats with some bare ground. It is largely nocturnal, particularly when singing its loud wailing songs, which are reminiscent of that of curlews (possibly the cause of the name). Food consists of insects and other small invertebrates. It will also take lizards. It lays 2-3 eggs in a narrow scrape in the ground.

The stone curlew occurs throughout Europe, north Africa and southwestern Asia. It is a summer migrant in the more temperate European and Asian parts of its range, wintering in Africa.
(From: Wikipedia)

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Extraordinary image, Nardo.
Beautiful and technical well done

nice hiding, TFS Ori

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2008-07-14 11:07]

Congratulations, very nice foto,from this adult bird!

This is a great shot. Great dof and pov. Very nice backround and superb contrast between the eye and the rest colours!

Hi Angelo
A wonderful shot - you have kept a good balance with the light as there is a lot of contrast with the bright sun and shadow. Superb focus, excellent POV and the background is nicely blurred to make the subject really stand out.
Kind Regards

This is a good shot of an interesting bird. Sharpness and detail are really nice. I like the soft background.

Evelynn : )

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-07-15 4:44]

Hello Nardo,
stunning eyes and light are so dramatic in this vigilant Stone-curlew capture. Exposure and composition are too good. Challenging POV and blurred BG are outstanding.
Thanks for sharing

Ciao Angelo, bellissima foto. Ma cosa stava facendo? Covava, si nascondeva?

Ciao, complimenti e grazie


Una foto da invidia pura!!!


mamma mia che foto....notevolissima

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