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A Study in Buffs and Browns

A Study in Buffs and Browns
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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: 2008-07-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/3000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-09 22:05
Viewed: 3561
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Temminck’s Stint (Calidris temminckii).
Swedish name: Mosnäppa

This little wader is about the size of a house sparrow.

My son and I visited a disused mining area along the highest metalled road in Sweden at 800 meters (2600 ft) ASL. Until the 1980’s the area was mined for copper, zinc and silver and the dumped spill created a small lake. Recently some restoration work has been carried out to level out the dumped rocky waste but the lake remains. This is well above the tree line. The road is closed because of snow until the middle of June.

The waders that nest in this area include Golden plover, Redshank and this little species. At first it was difficult to spot but we saw a small flock feeding by the lake and when we approached them they flew off a short distance to ‘disappear’ among the rocks.
You can see how the brownish tones of the summer plumage blend in with the habitat. In the winter the plumage becomes pale grey.

Temminck’s Stints nest in the tundra and alpine areas of Scandinavia, Scotland and Siberia. They overwinter in the tropics, especially Africa

My son spotted this one about 12 meters (40 ft) away. It was about 9 pm in the evening and the sun was still shining brightly but low.

After heavy cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

I shall not be posting any more images for a week or two but will continue to give critiques.
During that time I hope to take some to present on TN.

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A great shot in the typical light in your country during summer season, Ivan.
I have always found your pictures taken in that light very interesting. Their mellowness appeals to the eyes.
This bird with a difficult name looks beautiful standing there on a rock.
Hope to see you posting again soon.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-09 22:40]

Hello Ivan

Lovely capture of this little bird.

Great isolaton and eye contact.


Ciao Ivan,
bellissima cattura di Gambecchio nano, splendida composizione per la bella postura sopra la pietra e il contatto visivo diretto, magnifici i colori con le bellissime tonalità e sfumature monocromatiche, eccellente messa a fuoco selettiva con un'ottima definizione dei dettagli dell'uccello che contrasta molto bene su BG.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-10 0:09]

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful harmonious colours in this photo. It stands out very well against the blurred BG. Good sharpness, low POV, eye-contact and composition.

Hi My dear firend Ivan,
A splendid shot of this Temminck’s Stint in a fine pose. I do not know why you take such decision but I wish to see your shots regularly as always you do my friend.
TFS and Cheers,


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-11-10 1:29]

He is a little fellow Ivan - and so slender too. His colours would be good for camouflage in that dry season.
Nicely captured, he does look standing up on the rock there.
Well done

Hello Ivan,
Nice capture in pastel colours
Considering the 300 mm lense and the converter this is a pretty sharp image of this little guy
Well done
PS :Except Malberget, they are not to many mine left in the north of Sweden?

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-10 4:09]

Hello Ivan, Great shot and a superb one. Excellent clarity.Ganesh

mooie foto Ivan.
uitstekend pov, goed oogcontact, mooie scherpte. Kan ik gelijk even op U laatste vlinder reageren. de compositie vond ik daar niet echt je van het.... blijkbaar ben ik de enigste die er zo over denkt verder wel een goed scherpte, maar perfectie is iets wat ik bij dergelijke foto's belangrijk vind.
goed fotowerk hier en prettige dag verder.
groet Jaap

Hi Ivan,
Very good capture of this Temmick's Stint with good low POV and great composition, sharp details and very good lighting. Your bird is in better light than mine to display all crusial features for id. The plumage is what they describe in a handbook as worn breeding plumage. That explains the pale chin which earlier has some streaks, it is not white as Little Stint would have. The legs are quite dark green even in direct sunshine. The dark, worn patterns in the back are higher than Little Stint would have. Very good 'specimen' with excellent presentation.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-11-10 7:27]

Hello Ivan, wonderful shot of beutiful bird. Excellent in all aspects.
TFS and kind regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-10 7:38]

Hello Ivan
This is beautiful. Perfect framing and a lovely close up shot. The colour tones are very attractive and the POV is excellent

Regards Siggi

A fine looking individual perfectly camouflaged in its natural surroundings Ivan, the low POV shows the wader rather nice in good detail against the fuzzy BG. Thank you for sharing this fine image with us my friend, will be on the look-out for your next posting...

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-10 9:07]

Hello Ivan,

Nice to be your neighbour today as you have shown a fine photo of this small bird. You have chosen a fine POV getting a good eye contact and, in the main time, showing well the pattern of the plumage. It is interesting that you have taken the photo at 9 pm and had such a fine light. I like the way bird's colors are blending with fore and background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-10 9:20]

Hi Ivan.
Once more superb shot of a nice bird. I like "stone" surrounding a lot. Sharp FG and well blurred and nicely coloured BG are great scenery for this beauty. Reproduction of its details is great. Well done and my compliments.

Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of this beautiful Stint bird. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-10 10:26]

Hi Ivan,
Very nice capture of this stint.I liked POV,eye contact,colors,pose of bird and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-10 12:24]

Hi Ivan. One thing i have learnt is to read the notes because i was wondering on this little birds size. For a distance of 40 Ft away this has come out well. good detail and natural colours. As you say hard to see amoug the rocks. Well done TFS.
I shall look out for your new postings soon.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-11-10 12:27]

Hello Ivan,

Excellent composition. Excellent low POV. Great focus. I like very much the light and the colours here.

Ciao Ivan, beautiful capture of lovely bird with splendid sharpnessand great details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-10 16:34]

Hi Ivan,

I didn't know there were waders this small! Your son (like mine) is a great spotter. I love the way this little Stint is looking at you. Perfect focus, pose, details, colors and a lovely sparkle in the eye. The buffs and browns are very pleasing and add to the wonderful composition. Looking forward to your new posts in a week or two.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-10 16:36]

Hi Ivan,whitot this perfect focus could be a perfect camouflage situation..ehehe..great marriage of colors between the bird and the background,excellents details and sharpness and perfect point of view,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

hello Ivan

excellent image of this little wader with fine POV and framing,
excellent sharpness and details of the plumage,
i love the warm luminosity and colour tones of the image,

good tell that this little wader is about the size of a house sparrow,
i always thaught (thinked) that waders even the smaller ones
are not as small as little birds like sparrows, it is not giving
that impression, i went to view an house sparrow image,
went back ti this shot and it is the long feets of this wader
that it is doing he looks bigger than a house sparrow, TFS


We used to have some sort of provincial saying about your titles....and I am sure it wasn't related to photos but for nature...I do remember mum talking about it....These birds deserve to be title that way.....well this bird at least..and coming from th big heart and good eye of a nature lover of your stature..I am always impressed! Much to you and yours...Keep on Trekking...one day at a time..

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-10 21:23]

Hi Ivan,
Wonderful shot of this little wader and it really is a fine study of buffs and browns. Very impressive sharpness and a fine pose captured in the ambient lighting. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

Hi Ivan,

nice picture from these bird.
all colours are almost the same, as bird and bg.
Nicely framed.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-11 5:38]

Hi Ivan

I think this is a great survivor tale you have here!
I love hearing about species that have adapted or kept on living in places heavily affected by human activities. It would be very interesting to know also what other interesting animals you have there in this little "oasis" among the mines.
The close-up here of this Temminck’s Stint is excellent and shows the little bird from a great low POV that isolates it perfectly from the BG.
You are right, it's camouflage is terrific and it would be interesting to see it in winter, too...too bad the road is closed :(
Anyway, splendid job in taking and presenting this shot.

Bravo and TFS

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-11-11 6:36]

Hi Ivan
Onther great capture.Good POV amd lovely pose,it seem that your subject is looking at you.The image as usual is very sharp.I like the nice catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

Hello Ivan,

Your title fits this shot well!
Were it not for your good dof, this bird would be easily camourflaged by the b/g.

Very good details and a lovely pose.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-13 2:43]

The size of a sparrow?!?! That's absolutely tiny! :-)
I always thought they were pigeon size at least :-))
Very fine capture of this mini little wader.
The clarity is great.
Superb DOF and blurry BG.
Good composition.

Well done Ivan,

Hi Ivan!

I like the pastel colours and the unity of the colour tones very much. In this sense, your picture is similar to Ulla's dove. I also like the focussing with the naturally blurred background. The simplicity of the picture and the artless beauty of the bird are very pleasant.

Kind regards


Hello Ivan,

Fantastic capture.
Excellent focus and details.
Lighting and definition are splendid.

Hola Ivan, de nuevo por aquí aunque llevo una temporada relajándome un poco después de publicar casi diariamente en Treknature !
Nos presentas un interesante conjunto, donde yo destacaría principalmente la naturalidad en los colores y la buena pose del ave.
El primer plano en la base supongo que tendrá sus detyractores, pero no deja de dar má motivo si cabe al motivo principal.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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