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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EX 500mm f4.5 APO HSM, RAW ISO 400, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-18 1:09
Viewed: 2828
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A flock of Whimbrels had stopped to eat at RSPB Dungeness nature reserve on their way to the breeding areas in the North.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus), is a wader in the large family Scolopacidae. It is the one of the most widespread of the curlews, breeding across much of subarctic North America, Europe and Asia as far south as Scotland.

This is a migratory species wintering on coasts in Africa, South America, south Asia into Australasia and southern North America. It is also a coastal bird during migration. It is fairly gregarious outside the breeding season.

This is a large wader at 37-45 cm length. It is mainly greyish brown, with a white back and rump (subspecies N. p. phaeopus and N. p. alboaxillaris only), and a long curved bill (longest in the adult female) with a kink rather than a smooth curve. It is generally wary. The usual call is a rippling whistle, prolonged into a trill for the song.

The only similar common species over most of this bird's range are larger curlews. The Whimbrel is smaller, has a shorter, decurved bill and has a central crown stripe and strong supercilia.

There are four subspecies:
Numenius phaeopus phaeopus - northern Europe, northwestern Asia
Numenius phaeopus variegatus - northeastern Asia
Numenius phaeopus alboaxillaris - central Asia (rare, endangered)
Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus (Hudsonian Curlew) - northern North America

This species feeds by probing soft mud for small invertebrates and by picking small crabs and similar prey off the surface. Prior to migration, berries become an important part of their diet.
The nest is a bare scrape on tundra or Arctic moorland. Three to five eggs are laid. Adults are very defensive of nesting area and will even attack humans who come too close.

Near the end of the 19th century, hunting on their migration routes took a heavy toll on this bird's numbers; the population has since recovered.
In the British Isles it breeds in Scotland, particularly around Shetland, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides as well as the mainland at Sutherland and Caithness.

The Whimbrel is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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A lovely shot with excellent light and warm colours, Pekka.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-18 10:25]

Hi Pekka,

This is a bird I have not seen before. Nice details of his face and plummage. Looks wonderful in the natural setting.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-18 18:07]

Hello Pekka,
Great image, good notes a wonderful posting Pekka. The colors and details are spot on here. Seems strange not to see them on a shore of some body of water. Thanks for sharing.

Hello Pekka,

Nicely shot from these Wulp so called it in the Netherlands.
Beautiful colors and lots of detail.
Razor sharp and good dof and pov.

regards Gert

Hi pekka
very good shot great sharpness and great colours
very coold bird I like it

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