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Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper
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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: 2005-04-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 75-300 IS USM, ISO 100 JPG, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-11-18 5:12
Viewed: 3093
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Curlew Sandpiper at Bradwell-on-Sea nature reserve. The picture is few years old and taken with quite low tech gear compared to my current one. It took a long time and much patience to get to the shooting distance.

From Birdguides:

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)

In: Curlew Sandpiper Ca: Territ becllarg Da: Krumnæbbet Ryle De: Sichelstrandläufer Es: Correlimos zarapatín Fi: kuovisirri Fr: Bécasseau cocorli It: Piovanello Nl: Krombekstrandloper No: Tundrasnipe Pt: Pilrito-de-bico-comprido Sv: Spovsnäppa US: Curlew Sandpiper Ru: Краснозобик

In summer plumage the Curlew Sandpiper is strikingly red, like a small long-billed Knot, and many of the birds seen in Britain in spring or autumn show traces of this. However, the majority of Curlew Sandpipers seen here are juveniles in autumn which are most similar to Dunlin but are taller, longer-legged, longer-tailed and longer-billed. Plumage-wise, notice the long white eye stripe, the delicately scaly upperparts and the peachy flush on the breast, all good field marks. In winter plumage though, birds have to be identified by their shape and more elegant jizz. In flight, identification is easy because this is the only European Dunlin-like wader with a broad white rump enclosed by a neat solid-black tail.

Occurs on passage at coastal lagoons, mudflats and sandy beaches.

Birds mostly winter in tropical Africa and more rarely in Israel and Egypt, passing through Europe from their Siberian breeding grounds. Occasional birds winter in western Europe.

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A reasonably good capture of this little wading bird.
The colours of the plumage are well suited to its environment and you've managed quite a sharp and detailed image even at some distance.
There seems to be a bit of odd blurring around the leg.Did you remove something,or perhaps selectively blur an area to try and give the legs more impact?
A good supporting note with this too.
Well done.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-18 5:41]

Hello Pekka,

The bird looks sad but the photo is excelent. I like the way you have used DOF with unsharp fore and background. Bird is shown with very good sharpness so that plumage pattern can be well observed.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Pekka,

Beautiful photo of this bird.
Nice colours with good definition.
Lighting and focus are splendid.

Hi Pekka
Very nice shot .
The colours of the plumage are well suited to its environment and you've managed quite a sharp and detailed image even at some distance.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-18 10:01]

Hi Pekka,

This little Sandpiper looks so lonely standing at the water's edge. Nice natural colors, good details, and a lovely setting.


hello Pekka

excellent shot of the Curlew Sandpiper with fine POV and framing,
excellent sharpness and details, i am starting to love
more and more this kind of photos where the bird is small
and from far and where with the bird we can see his environment,



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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-18 10:39]

Hello Pekka
Great shot of this nice bird. I very like low POV and nicely blured background.

Excellent sharpness.
Well done!
Regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-18 12:39]

Hi Pekka. This was taken a few years ago then i see you only used a 70 300 lens today you have much bigger lenes . A good shot of the sad looking bird. Is see Cristian said the same but i think many bird do.All the said you have captured the feather markings so well. They bled in well with the stones. TFS.

hello pekka,
good shot of Curlew Sandpiper, the focus is spoton and the dof is precise, the small stones at the beach look beautiful, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-11-18 21:13]

Hi Pekka
Nice composition of this Curlew sandpiper in his natural environment.
Color contrast and detail are superb.
tfs jon

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-11-18 23:12]

I like your catch here Pekka. The little bird does stand so still and is hoping you can't see him.
Very good focus, and even the shells show up well near the bird
Well done

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-19 13:42]

Wow! That's amazing quality seeing what you took it with!
Superb composition.
Great lighting.
Excellent sharpness.

Well done and TFS!


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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-11-19 17:00]

Hi Pekka,
Very Nice shot. Sharp focus and natural colours.

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