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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-12-17 2:13
Viewed: 4028
Points: 64
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Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
Swedish name: Smċspov

This is the first time I have posted an image of this species though it has been shown on TN several times.

I saw it flying across the road in front of the car while we were driving and noticed it had settled in the scrub by the roadside. I managed to back the car and saw it skulking along the hollow by the road. While the car warning lights were on we managed to take a few shots, most of which showed it well camouflaged against the dry vegetation. This is the best one to show it up against the pinkish volcanic grit.

I noticed the shorter bill, somewhat smaller size and dark brown stripe over the eye that differentiates it from the Eurasian Curlew.

This species of curlew is not very common but it is one of the most widespread species of waders in the world occurring as several sub-species that includes the Hudsonian Curlew of N. America . It breeds on heath and tundra in the arctic and sub-arctic areas of the northern hemisphere and overwinters mostly in the coastal areas of the tropics and sub-tropics.

This was taken at a distance of about 15 meters (50 ft) with the camera resting on the car door. After fairly heavy cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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Hallo Ivan
What a funny but rather unusual looking bird? I have heard of it before but this is the first time ( I think) that I have seen it. It looks as if its neck is twisted. Now that I look at it more closely it is actually a very pretty bird. The detail and shape of the plumage is really lovely, especially the feathers in the tailpiece. It is almost as if its eyeball is popping out. It reminds me of the black nickerball sweets we used to eat as children. The long bill is striking and I am sure it is any worm or insects nightmare.
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-17 3:33]

Hello Ivan,
great pose captured that beautiflly presents the species
nice colors and details, great composition
Best regards Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-17 5:25]

Hi Ivan,
Lovely capture.I liked POV,details,harmonious colors and pose of bird a lot.
Thanks for posting.

merhaba Ivan
In last summer, I saw several times Numenius arquata. But I have not seen this species, yet. You are lucky to see it and captured with a great shot. Great focus, POV and composition. Lighting and colors also great. teşekkürler dostum.

Hi Ivan, elegant bird in nice pose with fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, greeatings fron sunshine Italy, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-17 7:12]

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful camouflaged colours has this Whimbrel. Excellent sharp details and a great pose, DOF and POV. Fantastic composition.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-12-17 7:35]

Hi Ivan,
Fine image of this bird in its natural habitat which is looking great here. I like the overall colors here and the birds poise, elegant. tfs.

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-17 8:14]

Hello Ivan,
Oustanding shot and timing.
Thank you for the note
have a wonderful day

Ciao Ivan,
bellissima immagine di Chiurlo piccolo catturato con straordinaria definizione, come se non si trattasse di un crop e fosse stato ripreso da pochi metri, bellissimo dinamismo nella postura, magnifici i colori.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-12-17 9:31]

Hi Ivan
Great capture.I never seen one before.Good POV and nice pose from your subject.I also like th catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2008-12-17 10:14]

Hi Ivan
Nice capture, perfect focus and good details. Good job.
Razvan Zinica

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-17 11:38]

Hi Ivan,

This Whimbrel is a very interesting looking bird. He reminds me of our Roadrunner but with shorter tail feathers and a long curved beak. The patterns of the plummage are quite lovely. He certainly is well camouflaged but stands out well with nice natural colors and sharp details.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-17 12:28]

Hi Ivan. You were lucky to have seen this one from the car. The blend in to the BG so well. You picture shows us all of the markings with fine detail and its natural colours.well done TFS.

Hi Ivan,
Una foto muy especial por la especie, creo que no la he vist antes, realmente muy mimetica, unos reultados muy buenos.
Saludos cordiales.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-12-17 13:09]

Merhaba Dostum Ivan,
Bayram tatilimiz nedeniyle siteye uzunc bir zaman girmedim. Oldukça güzel karelerle karşılaştım. Sizin yollamış olduğunuz bu "Sürmeli Kervan Çulluğu" kuşunu gerçekten daha önce fotoğrafını bile görmemiştim. Gerçekten çok değerli ve eğitici bir kare olmuş. Emeğinize sağlık.


A fine looking bird with excellent camouflage characteristics Ivan, I'm sure it won't be this visible against the bushes at the top-left of your frame. Good capture displaying the bird in high definition from a lateral aspect. I think the all around colouring is a little on the "warm" side, tried to shift the colour scheme slightly towards the cooler side of the spectrum in my WS, hope you will approve...
Best regards,

Hi Ivan,
From your pictures I find thats where (Canary islands, Africa?) all waders have dissappeared form the UK. Excellent capture; great pose and composition, suitably shallow DOF, fine sharp details, natural habitat/BG.

hola Ivan!
a beautiful chiurlo she has captured during the time of vacations Canarias
perfect details and great sharpness

cheers sERGIO

hello Ivan

excellent shot of the Whimbrel, birds that i am learning here in TN,
fine POV, DOF and framing, you shotted the image
at the best moment, the bird's pose it is giving
dynamism to the image, TFS


A very good capture of this Curlew Ivan.
Excellent exposure showing great plumage detail in harsh light conditions.
Nicely composed too.
Good work!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-17 17:28]

Hello Ivan,
You took advantage of an opportunity that was presented to you and your rsults are fantastic. This Whimbril is well camouflaged but you have caught it in the open and mid stride. The image is sharp and naturally colored and displays that wonderful bill superbly. Thanks for the great posting Ivan.

'Whimbrel' sounds quite a mouthful for this curious wader you shot in Spain, Ivan.
For me, it is a new bird and hence focal point of my observation.
In this clear shot of the bird, I see an interesting and longish bill (you say it is shorter in comparison with that of some other Eurasian species) and a beautiful brown plumage.
It is a wonderful capture in the very authentic looking habitat.
Thanks for sharing it and all the best.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-18 13:59]

Hi Ivan,
a superb shot of this Whimbrel.
Very good sharpness.
Excellent composition.
Spot-on exposure.

Well done,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-18 21:38]

Hello Ivan, This is very funny and what a long beak it has. Nice sharpness and good POV. You have composed it very nicely. Ganesh

and and unusual capture of this bird, TFS Ori

Hello Ivan
Nice bird and great photo

Hi again Dostum Ivan,
An another excellent capture. Lovely bird and you captured it in a fine composition with great details and colours in its natural environment. i love its long beak:) Cute...
TFS and cheers,

Hi Ivan
So strange to see this species in such arid conditions - I am so used to seeing it in the UK in cold, wet marshy areas! The wonderful light and your excellent camera work have really brought out the details of this bird.
Kind Regards

Hi Ivan,
this bird is beautiful and looks very elegant and special with the long beak.
Wonderful post, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

This is new for me... Ivan.
Extraordinary fellow due to his strange bill, I suppose.
Very good capture as you photographed this...Whimbrel while its moving. I also like its habitat. I don't know whether it is its habitat actually. Could be on vacation;-)..Anyway the camouflage is perfect..
Well done

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-12-29 23:22]

Hello Ivan,

Beautiful presentation of this bird. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Excellent exposure. I like particularly the background with the rocks and the dry bushes. Very good natural colours.

Hello Ivan. Excellent sharp details and a great pose, great focus, POV and composition. Lighting and colors also great. Best wishes, Florin

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