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Curlew in the Meadow

Curlew in the Meadow
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Superb Native Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-16 1:51
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We took our annual trip by car to a nature reserve about 65 km (40 miles) SW of us. It consists mainly of wet meadows that are partly drained by ditches and it is managed by grazing cattle.
This is a nesting place for several species of wader, including Curlews

Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata)
Swedish name: Storspov

The delightful call and bubbling sounds that the Curlew makes is wonderful to hear and is one of the characteristics of the type of environment that we visited. This is where several pairs nest, the male doing most of the brooding after the female has laid her four large pair-shaped eggs. She is often the first to fly south to N. Africa and SW Europe to spend the winter along the coasts. Though some pairs stay together to look after the young until they can fly.

Like so many species dependent on this marshy habitat they have become rarer but are still relatively common in marshy areas along the N. Baltic coast.

This was taken in morning sunshine from the car window at a distance of about 20 meters (65 ft).

Meadow saxifrage (Saxifraga granulata)
Swedish name: Mandelblomma

This is a fairly common meadow flower pastures with limey soils that are unaffected by modern agriculture.

After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened

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Hi Ivan
Beautiful image. Great natural surrounding and nice spring time atmosphere. I like flowers and nice low POV. Also great light and nice mood of the picture.

Hi neighbour!
I had a gut feeling we would be neighbours today :).
This oven fresh picture of a Curlew is remarkable in one respect -- the subject is well integrated with the flowery plants on the meadow, which makes it the most authentic and natural setting.
And what a stupendous curving beak this bird has!
Superb clarity and perfect details.
Thanks and regards,

Hello Ivan!

I know this species but I've never seen this bird in nature. Great shot! excellent low POV great foreground and very well blured backgroud.

Well done!


Hi Ivan dostum,
A marvelous capture of this beautiful curlew from nice POV with excellent details and and fine composition.
Greetings from London!

Una imagen realmente bella Ivan, no solamente por el documento técnico de la especie, sino porque además las has captado con gracia. Un buen trabajo.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5086 W: 166 N: 13015] (48464)
  • [2009-05-16 3:34]

Hello Ivan,
The natural colours and setting in this photo are so beautiful. As flowers as well as the Curlew are splendid. Great sharpness and details. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

Ciao Ivan, lovely little bird in the flowers, splendid colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

what an excellent composition - the pretty flowers really hit the spot here! :-)
the way the low pov catches the pretty bird with its amazing long beak amidst the nice meadow is
terrific - and the "technical rest" is perfect as usual. wonderful job & best wishes, thor.

I believe that this is not easy to see this species among grasses. You have done very good work photographing this Eurasian Curlew in its natural habitat. I hope to see some of them during my trip to Scandinavia :>
All the best for you and Ulla!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3043 W: 3 N: 8701] (40526)
  • [2009-05-16 4:32]

hello Ivan,
The kind of pictures I love. Not only a bird, but it's environment and here it is so fine and natural. The light was beautiful too and you caught it so well. Fine colors too.
Très beau, vraiment!
Bonne fin de semaine

hello Ivan
well-matched monochrome,the absolute camouflage
perfect scene and photo

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-16 5:00]

Hi Ivan.
Wonderful trophy from trip. Low POW is amazing and allow to see beautifulness of the pictured place. Grass and flower carpet is simply amazing and image of the cute bird surrounding with them is looked perfectly. Remote and nicely blurred BG underlines the beautifulness of the main scene amazingly too. Well done and thanks for so nice natural picture. Have a nice weekend.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 991 W: 27 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-16 7:10]

Hello Ivan
Great capture, I like colors and details. Well done.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 807 W: 0 N: 2370] (10420)
  • [2009-05-16 9:40]

Hi Ivan,
Curlew, a good camouflage bird ...
Excellent clarity and perfect details.
Have a nice weekwnd,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-16 9:45]

Hi Ivan. This is a beautiful bird set in the spring flowers. You have taken it from a low POV which has helped to show the bird of to its best. with good detail in the markings and such natural colours. well worth the car drive. well done TFS.

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  • trake (30)
  • [2009-05-16 10:12]

Hello Ivan,
storspoven is a very beautiful bird,
The picture is really nice with spring feelings.
Good sharpness and details.


hello Ivan

excellent photo of the Eurasian Curlew hided in the vegetations,
fine POV and framing, fine focus on it with excellent
sharpness and details, TFS


Excellent picture ...I like the pose in the fields....Very good colors and great details...TFS.

Hello Ivan
Exccellent work here!
The light is just perfect to show off the details on this Curlew in a really natural way.
Your composition is wonderful,and sharpness and colour are spot on too.
Very nice work.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-16 16:43]

Hi Ivan,

An exceptionally beautiful picture! The Curlew is in a setting that is perfect for him. I love how all the colors blend and still the bird stands out so well. Razor sharp details of his face, eye, and fascinating plumage. Is there a bird with a longer beak than this?


Since the largest small village in my wilderness is named Curlew after this bird...and since it is such a delightful image...I ask if I could use this image for my friends who live in post it to my website for a day or two. A Curlew is a hard thing to capture and believe Curlew only 2 people have claimed to see them and I'm not sure if they are dependable types...

A superb shot, Ivan...The OOF FG really sets off the sharply focused Curlew and the beautiful flowers!
Very well done, my friend!
(Sorry was away for a week, had gone to check on my sisters' health)

Hello Ivan,

A beautiful shot, excellent sharpness in the bird, and its surroundings really complement it. Lovely image!


Hello Ivan,

Beautiful capture of this interesting bird.
Light,focus and sharpness are splendid.
Good notes.

Hello Ivan,
a fantastic portrait of Eurasian Curlew taken from an excellent POV among these nice white flowers, superb sharpness and splendid light, very beautiful natural colours,very well composed.
Best regards

Hello Ivan
excellent shot of this curlew in this flowery meadow, nice presentation
colors and sharpness are wunderful, great lighting too
very well done and have a good night

Good Morning Ivan,

A delightfully composed shot of horizontal layers of differing colour tones and textures achieved by good dof. The curlew makes a wonderful focal point amongst the pretty spring flowers with its distinctive beak a sharp identifying feature.

I have heard their call on the moors near our village but have never been able to get close enough for a photograph.

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

Hi Ivan,

Superb Snap. Fantastic clarity and you caught it its perfect habitat. Nice work!


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 496 W: 115 N: 1535] (9513)
  • [2009-05-19 10:23]

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful bird and nice look in high grass with white flowers. In my countryside I could to see that species in early spring during flight to North.
Regards, Pawel

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2009-05-19 14:18]

salut Ivan,
très jolie image nature, le point de vue rasant nous laisse imaginé ton affût. Excellente netteté dans cette harmonie florale.


Hej Ivan
what great capture for very beautiful Curlew among meadow's white flowers. you captured it greatly from low level. focus, POV/DOF and composition great. thanks for sharing, best wishes my friend

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