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Pied Avocet

Pied Avocet
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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: 2013-05-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-05-28 7:52
Viewed: 2272
Points: 44
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Last weekend I was in the province Zeeland. There I made photos of some birds which live on the coast. The Pied Avocet is new in my personal photo collection.

And.....at last.....it is Spring. In the workshop a photo of a Pied Avocet family with two chicks.

The Pied Avocet, Recurvirostra avosetta, is a large black and white wader in the avocet and stilt family, Recurvirostridae. They breed in temperate Europe and western and Central Asia. It is a migratory species and most winter in Africa or southern Asia. Some remain to winter in the mildest parts of their range, for example in southern Spain and southern England.

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

The Pied Avocet is a striking white wader with bold black markings. Adults have white plumage except for a black cap and black patches in the wings and on the back. They have long, upturned bills and long, bluish legs. It is approximately 42–45.1 cm in length of which the bill is approximately 7.5–8.5 cm and the legs are approximately 7.6–10 cm. Its wing-span is approximately 76–80 cm. Males and females look alike. The juvenile resembles the adult but with more greyish and sepia tones.

The call of the Avocet is a far-carrying, liquid, melodious kluit kluit.

These birds forage in shallow brackish water or on mud flats, often scything their bills from side to side in water (a feeding technique that is unique to the avocets). They mainly eat crustaceans and insects.
Their breeding habitat is shallow lakes with brackish water and exposed bare mud. They nest on open ground, often in small groups, sometimes with other waders. 3-5 eggs are laid in a lined scrape or on a mound of vegetation.

Sorce: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter, my neighbour today.
Wonderful inflight picture of Pied Avocet.
great side view revile the beauty of this beautiful bird.
perfect sharpness and colour.
best wishes,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-05-28 8:02]

Hi Peter,
It is very nice, good shot of a bird in flight.
Perfect details and colours.
Regards Jiri.

Hallo Peter
Super scherpe opname met veel details te zien van de vogel
Goed licht er op en mooie kleuren
Groet lou

Hello Mr.Peter,
Beautiful picture of this Bird.Excellent flying mode.Nice details on wings with beautiful light.
WS picture is also very nice-a family picture.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2013-05-28 10:10]

Hi Peter,

Excellent action shot, great sharpness and wonderful détails.
The frame is perfect for the composition, very nice détails of the wings.
My best regards.

Hello Peter
Superb photo, perfectly still, excellent detail, nice moment to capture and good light
regards yiannis

Ciao Peter. Good light perfect details in the flying capture. Well done.


Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely avocet in fantastic fly, perfect focus, fine details, wonderful natural colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter

Excellent take-off flight of the Pied Avocet,
fine POV lateral POV to show the scenery,
excellent focus, sharpness, details,
I also love the environmental photo of
the family on the WS, TFS


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-05-28 21:48]

Hi Peter.
Exceptional freezing of a wonderful bird. Timing and pictured moment are fine as well as exposure of the image. Composition of the shot is slaso spot on. TFS and best regards.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-05-28 22:52]

Supersonic...beautiful flight image of this lovely species..perfect pose and background. tfs.

Beautiful photo Peter! Nice flying pose, very good composition, wonderful s colours and good sharpness. Nice photo in the WS too.

Hi Peter, This is a fantastic in-flight picture. You did great in showing the action. Pleasing composition. TFS, JC

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-05-29 0:44]

Hello Peter,
You caught a super dynamic pose of this "plane-like" Avocet. Simple and fine picture against the blue sky. Well done!
Best regards

Boa tarde Peter
Great capture of this P. Avocet in flight.Great timing,wonderful natural colours and great details.Thank You.
Have a great day!
Best regards

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-05-29 5:01]

Hello Peter,
Great POV and beautiful light ! Excellent action picture ! TFS Tina

Bonjour Peter,
Excellente coordination de la vitesse et de la profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier le sujet dans une très belle attitude.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-29 12:34]

Hi Peter,magnificent capture of this avocet in flight,great timing and very professional canera settings,perfect exposure for the best white and fantastic details too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Peter.
Excellent action shot, great sharpness and wonderful details.
Fine details, wonderful natural colors.
Thanks. Robert

perfect flight capture, greetings Ori

Hello Peter,
nice in-flight capture of this bird with good sharpness and a fine flying pose. I also like the natural colours and the splendid light.
Best wishes,

Hi Peter,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details and colours of the Pied Avocet in flight. It is clear and sharp. The light has a good effect on the colours. Have a nice day.


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