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Spotted Redshank

Spotted Redshank
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-11 6:30
Viewed: 3297
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus is a wader in the large bird family Scolopacidae, the typical waders. It is an Arctic bird, breeding across northern Scandinavia and northern Asia. It is a migratory species, wintering around the Mediterranean, the southern British Isles, France, tropical Africa, and tropical Asia, usually on fresh or brackish water. It is an occasional vagrant in Australia and North America.

It is 29-33 cm long. It is black in breeding plumage, and very pale in winter. It has a red legs and bill, and shows a white oval on the back in flight.

Juveniles are grey-brown finely speckled white above, and have pale, finely barred underparts. It nests on open boggy taiga, laying four eggs in a ground scrape. The call is a creaking whistle teu-it (somewhat similar to the call of a Roseate Tern), the alarm call a kyip-kyip-kyip. Like most waders, it feeds on small invertebrates.

The Spotted Redshank is replaced as a breeding bird further south by the Common Redshank, which has a shorter bill and legs, and is brown and white above with some dark patterning below, becoming somewhat lighter-toned in winter.

Taxonomically, it forms a close-knit group with the Greater Yellowlegs and the Greenshank, which among them show all the basic leg and foot colours of the shanks, demonstrating that this character is paraphyletic (Pereira & Baker, 2005). These three species are the largest shanks apart from the Willet, which is altogether more robustly built.

The Spotted Redshank is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Source: Wikipedia

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One step at a time... :) Nicely seen and captured Peter. Well composed and detailed. TFS.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-11 7:16]

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture of a Spotted Redshank that is acquiring its breeding plumage.
The POV, frozen moment and reflection in the water are all captured with fine sharpness and lighting and set in a pleasing composition.
Well done and thanks,
Best regards,

These water and shore birds can be most delightful to watch..it is if watching our children play in the surf many years ago...and the reflection works for the aviary as opposed our kids who are now well over 6 feet!

Ciao Peter, great capture of beautiful bird with fantasic reflections, good details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-11 8:18]

Hello Peter
Nice capture, I like the mirror and colors.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-11 8:51]

Hi Peter.
Amazing pictured moment (timing is superb) and great framing of the scene. Original image and mirror reflection are almost identical and fine. Great lights, colours and details. Bravo.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-05-11 10:33]

Hi Peter,
Excellent capture of beautiful bird...
Used very good light.
Very nice details and mirror reflection.
Best regards,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-05-11 10:50]

Hi Peter,
Excellent capture.Reflections on water are amazing.
Thanks for posting.

Hello Peter,
Excellent shot with a nice reflection and a funny movement captured. The colours are well balanced. Cheers,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-11 11:12]

Hello Peter,
A very good shot of this beautiful Spotted Redshank with wonderfull sharpness and clarity. Nice POV and composition too.
Many thanks for sharing this fine image.
Best regards Siggi

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-05-11 11:38]

Good capture of beautiful bird.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Peter. Amazing reflection for this coloured bird.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-05-11 15:52]

Hi Peter,you play very well whit the light and the point of view,this water seem a mirror,a fantastic reflection and beautifuls colors,good sharpness too,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-11 16:13]

Hi Peter,

An excellent shot of this Redshank with a marvelous reflection. I love the mid-step position with the leg bent and the toe pointed. Nice colors and details and a fine composition.


hello Peter

excellent photo of this wader bird shot at the best moment
of the bird's walking, fine POV and framing, i also love
to see his reflection on the water, TFS


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-12 4:33]

Hi Peter,
another lovely shot of this excellently patterned bird. Natue has it that it is such a lovely one with nice beak. The reflection you caught really make this phot a very interesting and exciting. I love the way you allow a lot of spce in front...to give a great feeling of freedom.
Well composed shot.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-05-12 9:32]

Hello Peter,
Nice timing and beautiful light in this fine image of the Spotted Redshank. Great sharpness and well composed and a beautiful reflection in the 'blue' water too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Peter,
a very good capture of Spotted Redshank taken from an excellent POV, i like the nice composition with the reflection in the water, good sharpness and splendid colours.
Best regards

Hi Peter!
Maybe DOF could be better in this photo but I like timing a lot - it is really funny to see water reflection of bird which is "walking" :>
What to say more? Another intersting lesson of ornithilogy and thank you for that :)

Hello Peter
Great capture of this spoted redshank with beautiful reflection in the water, nice pose of the bird, superb natural colors and fine details on the feathers
Have a good night

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-13 1:18]

hello Peter,
A funny pose reflected by the water surface. I didn't know this wader with its nice silhouette, spotted plumage and its fine long beak. Interesting composition with the bare space left at right. Sharpness could be a tiny improved.
I wish you a sunny day
Kind regards

I like this image very much. So interesting - the reflection in the water so nice
Best wishes,

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