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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-21 0:39
Viewed: 1617
Points: 20
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The Common Redshank or simply Redshank (Tringa totanus) is an Eurasian wader in the large family Scolopacidae.
Winter plumage, at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (Singapore)[edit] Description and systematics
Bird in flight (Laguna di Venezia, Italy)Common Redshanks in breeding plumage are a marbled brown color, slightly lighter below. In winter plumage they become somewhat lighter-toned and less patterned, being rather plain greyish-brown above and whitish below. They have red legs and a black-tipped red bill, and show white up the back and on the wings in flight.
The Spotted Redshank (T. erythropus), which breeds in the Arctic, has a longer bill and legs; it is almost entirely black in breeding plumage and very pale in winter. It is not a particularly close relative of the Common Redshank, but rather belongs to a high-latitude lineage of largish shanks. T. totanus on the other hand is closely related to the Marsh Sandpiper (T. stagnatilis), and closer still to the small Wood Sandpiper (T. glareola). The ancestors of the latter and the Common Redshank seem to have diverged around the Miocene-Pliocene boundary, about 5-6 million years ago. These three subarctic- to temperate-region species form a group of smallish shanks with have red or yellowish legs, and in breeding plumage are generally a subdued light brown above with some darker mottling, and have somewhat diffuse small brownish spots on the breast and neck.
It is a widespread breeding bird across temperate Eurasia. It is a migratory species, wintering on coasts around the Mediterranean, on the Atlantic coast of Europe from Great Britain southwards, and in South Asia. They are uncommon vagrants outside these areas; on Palau in Micronesia for example, the species was recorded in the mid-1970s and in 2000.
Two Redshanks on a stone pillarThey are wary and noisy birds which will alert everything else with their loud piping call. Like most waders, they feed on small invertebrates. Redshanks will nest in any wetland, from damp meadows to saltmarsh, often at high densities. They lay 3-5 eggs.
The Common Redshank is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
It is widely distributed and quite plentiful in some regions, and thus not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.(Wikipedia)

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excellent clarity. good image of the bird. nice lighting and closeup. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-10-21 1:02]

Hi Siggi,beautiful capture of this redshank,i like the open beak,great plumage details and perfect exposure!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Nice capture of this cute little bird, Siegfried.
Plenty of details on the feathers and plumage.
Well done and TFS.


Hello Siggi,
Excellent capture with beautiful coloration, details & pose. Well done & presented with a great POV. TFS & best wishes!


hello Siegfried,
another great picture, very nice capture with great composition, colour and clarity.
best wishes,

Hello Siggi,
great capture of this bird with good sharpness and nice details. I especially like the natural colours and the matching background.
Best wishes,

Hello Siggi,
Excellent photo of the Tringa totanus!Very nice details and exceptional clarity..Nice presentation,good spiel frame compozition.

Ciao Siggi, lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful lighing BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Siegfried. The best POV for the bird in graet actios. Stunning details and sharp with exciting light. TFS.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-10-22 4:28]

Lieber Siggi,
Ein hübscher Vogel, der auf Deinem Bild irgendwie etwas zu mekern hat...macht das Bild aber interessant. Hier habe ich wieder den Eindruck, dass Du dein Neat-Programm ein wenig zu stark eingesetzt hast, sonst aber sehr gefällig.
Herzlich grüsst

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