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(Calidris maritima)

(Calidris maritima)
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Copyright: Jose Diogo (josediogo1958) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 494 W: 27 N: 1837] (11747)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: canon 1 dx mark 2, Canon 500mm f4 L IS
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-29 4:42
Viewed: 2076
Points: 22
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Pilrito-escuro, Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)

In nuptial plumage.

A rare bird in Portugal..

"The Purple Sandpiper, Calidris, Arquatella or Erolia maritima is a small shorebird.

Adults have short yellow legs and a medium thin dark bill with a yellow base. The body is dark on top with a slight purplish gloss and mainly white underneath. The breast is smeared with grey and the rump is black. They measure 20–22 cm (7.9–8.7 in) in length and 42–46 cm (17–18 in) across the wings, and weight is from 50–105 g (1.8–3.7 oz).[2]

Their breeding habitat is the northern tundra on Arctic islands in Canada and coastal areas in Greenland and northwestern Europe. They nest on the ground either elevated on rocks or in lower damp location. The males makes several scrapes; the female choose one and lays 3 or 4 eggs. The male takes the major responsibility for incubation and tends the chicks. The young feed themselves.

In Britain, these birds occur in winter in good numbers principally along the east and south coasts, where they favour rocky shorelines adjacent to the sea. It is much rarer as a breeding bird, found only in a localised area of the Cairngorms National Park, where 1-3 pairs have bred since the 1970s. Records of breeding by this species in the UK are monitored and archived by the Rare Breeding Birds Panel.

They are late migrants and move to rocky ice-free Atlantic coasts in winter. most go no further south than North Carolina and northern Portugal. They are fairly gregarious, forming small flocks, often with Ruddy Turnstones. This species is tame and approachable.

These birds forage on rocky coasts, picking up food by sight. They mainly eat arthropods and mollusks, also some plant material.

The Purple Sandpiper is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies."(Wiki)

Model: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 1/64
F-Stop: f/10.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 1000/1 mm
Date Taken: 2012-05-04 17:15
Metering Mode: Spot
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 273 kb

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Hello Jose,
fine capture of this bird with good sharpness and a splendid contrast with the dark green surrounding. i also like the natural colours.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-07-29 6:15]

Bom dia Jose,
Excellent photo of this Purple Sandpiper in good sharpness, details and beautiful colours. Nice contrasting against the background. Fine composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-07-29 6:23]

Hi Jose,excellent capture of this sandpiper specie,very good position,point of view,details and colors,i like it!Have a nicd evening and thanks,Luciano

hello Jose
very nice pose of this beauty bird
good details and great sharpness
the colours are very good naturel
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Jose.
Eccellente cattura di questo piovanello fotografato con la consueta eccellenza, stupendi dettagli ed un’ottima nitidezza, belli i colori naturali complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Hi Jose,
interesting bird during lunch. Nice colours. Very good sharpness and details.
Have a nice evening,

Ciao Jose Diogo, lovely bird in nice pose, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Jose,
What a perfect scene with a gorgeous bird. You managed again very well the colors of this very nice colorful bird. First class photo with best light and razor sharp details.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-07-29 11:43]

Hello Jose,
Great to capture this Purple Sandpiper in its natural behavior. Great composition. Very well done and tfs.Best regards Siggi

Hello Jose
Interesting species and beautiful photo with very good composition and wonderful colours.

Hello Jose

Excellent close-up photo of this species
of Sandpiper, great focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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