<< Previous Next >>

Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper
Photo Information
Copyright: Mircea Radu Achim (achimmircea) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 562 W: 0 N: 1603] (6246)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, HOYA 77.0 mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-04 10:05
Viewed: 2651
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) is a small wader that breeds on the tundra of Arctic Siberia. It is strongly migratory, wintering mainly in Africa, but also in south and southeast Asia and in Australasia. It is a vagrant to North America.
These birds are small waders, only slightly larger than Dunlin at 19.5–21 cm in length, but differ from Dunlin in having a longer down-curved bill, longer neck and legs and a white rump. The breeding adult has patterned dark grey upperparts and brick-red underparts. In winter, this bird is pale grey above and white below, and shows an obvious white supercilium. Juveniles have a grey and brown back, a white belly and a peach-coloured breast.
The male Curlew Sandpiper performs an aerial display during courtship. The clutch of 3–4 eggs are laid in ground scrape in the tundra.
This wader is highly gregarious, and will form flocks with other calidrid waders, particularly Dunlin. Despite its easterly breeding range, this species is regular on passage in western Europe, presumably because of the southwesterly migration route.
It forages in soft mud on marshes and the coast, mainly picking up food by sight. It mostly eats insects and other small invertebrates.
The numbers of this species (and of Little Stint) depend on the population of lemmings. In poor lemming years, predatory species such as skuas and Snowy Owls will take Arctic-breeding waders instead.
This species occasionally hybridizes with the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and the Pectoral Sandpiper, producing the presumed "species" called "Cooper's Sandpiper" ("Calidris" × cooperi) and "Cox's Sandpiper" ("Calidris" × paramelanotos), respectively.
The Curlew Sandpiper is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Belgerdy, cobra112, maaciejka, bungbing, PaulLees, siggi, Adanac, paolo49, Argus, Mamagolo2, Pitoncle, maurydv, Alex99 has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-04 10:08]

Hi Radu,a very perfect pic of this dunlin so nice.The plums details are magnificent,perfect position of the bird too and perfect light balance and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano

Nice one of this juvenile dunlin, i had to look for a while since i never saw one in this plummage


Ciao Mircea. Excellent detail and sharp. Very good light's managment. Very well done.


Hi Mircea,
great point of view. Excellent sharpness. I like your composition and note.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Mircea, superb capture of beautiful bird in nice pose, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

  • Great 
  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-05-04 11:38]

Buna Mircea,
O fotografie splendida, detalii fine, culori si claritate excelenta, dar specia este Calidris ferruginea, si nu alpina!Penajul este trecere de la penajul de iarna, la penajul nuptial sau de vara.Numai bine,

Hello Mircea,
Excellent details sharpness! lovely point of view, natural colours and very well exposure,
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Hi Mircea,
Well what a very nice image of this Dunlin Wader my friend, impressive sharpness, and amazing natural colours,
Lovely entry Mircea and well done,
Best Regards,


  • Great 
  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-05-04 12:19]

Salut Radu
De acord cu Jozsef, este fugaci roscat. Foarte faina!
Numai bine

  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-04 13:13]

Hello Mircea.
Nice POV and very cute pictured model.Great composition and detail. Natural colours and perfect focus. Best regards Siggi

  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2011-05-04 19:06]

Hello Mircea,
What a splendid portrait of this sandpiper, great work Mircea. Thank you.

Excellent photo of the bird. Nice background and good lighting and details. regards yiannis

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-05 6:31]

Hello Mircea,
Excellent and very beautiful photo of this Curlew Sandpiper. Good sharpness and beautiful natural colours. This juvenile stands here in a very good composition.

hello Mircea
super shot of this beautiful bird
with great details and good sharpness
greeting lou

Hello Mircea, nice capture and very good image of this bird, great shot. All the best, paul

Salut, Mircea.
Fotografia ta este excelenta, o compozitie placuta cu detalii bune si culori naturale.
Numai bine, Valerian.

Hello Mircea
Beautiful photo with very good composition and wonderful colours.

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-05 12:03]

Hello Mircea,
A very nice close capture of a Curlew Sandpiper taken from a fine lateral POV with excellent sharpness and natural colours with the water forming a great BG.
Very nice!
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Mircea,
Great image of this Sandpiper. You've got such clear and sharp detail and good pov. Very well done and tfs.

Bonjour Mircea,
Très belle valorisation du sujet sous une lumière maitrisée et une bonne profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hallo Mircea,
a very beautiful capture of the Curlew Sandpiper taken from an excellent point of view with fine details on the plumage, splendid natural colours, a very nice close composition
Best regards

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-05-07 7:12]

Hi Mircea.
What a beautiful bird and top quality of the image. Micro waves on the water, details of the bird, its pose and glance are amazing. Bravo. Well done and my compliments.

very nice capture, I like the calm water background, TFS Ori

Calibration Check