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Stone Curlew

Stone Curlew
Photo Information
Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony DSC-H1
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-22 2:24
Viewed: 2809
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a strange bird and it's hard to find it in the field because it hides strengths well.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It 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.

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Hi Razvan,
Excellent shot of this fine looking bird with lovely colours and details on its plummages..
Very neat and sharp image.


Ciao Razvan, great capture of lovely bird, I never see before, thanks, splendid details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Razvan,
what a wonderful picture of Stone Curlew, a great view of this strange bird with the large yellow eyes, superb sharpness and fine details of this splendid cryptic plumage, marvellous colours, fantastic composition in a natural environment.
Best regards

hello Razvan
super sharpness composition
great colours and good details of the bird
greeting lou

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-03-22 10:33]

This is a very good shot, but I think you could improve it by darkening the highlights a little. Feather detail is excellent. Gary

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-03-22 14:25]

Buna Razvan,

Ai realizat o fotografie buna aratand pasarea dintr-o perspectiva inspirata. Ai folosit foarte bine lumina puternica redand clar si in culori naturale penjul pasarii.

TFS si toate cele bune,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-22 14:29]

Hi Razvan. This is a very unusual looking bird that you have posted today . You have taken it with fine detail and natural colours. This is a birs i have not seen before. TFS.

Hi Razvan, great capture of this lovely bird with curious glances:) cute indeed. You managed this shot perfectly MF!
TFS and have a nice new week.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-23 9:21]

Hello Razvan, Well shot and good color tones. Thanks for sharing. Ganesh

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