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Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover
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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: 2009-02-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Sigma EX 500mm f4.5 APO HSM, RAW ISO 800, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-27 14:18
Viewed: 4266
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have been taking a break from TN but now I am back. Here is a Ringed Plover at RSPB Elmley Marshes nature reserve. A rainy day with very low light. I hope we start getting more light very soon.

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From Birdguides:

Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)

In: Common Ringed Plover Ca: Corriol gros Da: Stor Præstekrave De: Sandregenpfeifer Es: Chorlitejo grande Fi: tylli Fr: Grand Gravelot It: Corriere grosso Nl: Bontbekplevier No: Sandlo Pt: Borrelho-grande-de-coleira Sv: Större strandpipare US: Common Ringed Plover Ru: Галстучник

Ringed Plovers can be told from Little Ringed Plovers by their larger size, pot-bellied appearance, bolder mannerisms and the lack of a yellow eye ring. Additionally, the adults have a thick black and yellow bill and brighter orange legs. Juveniles have a less uniform head pattern than a young Little Ringed Plover, including a broad pale mark behind the eye and a more obvious pale forehead. Ringed Plovers show an obvious pale wing bar in flight, unlike Little Ringed Plovers.

Breeds on shingle or sand by the coast and occasionally on inland sites such as gravel pits. In Lapland it often nests on gravel roadsides. Winters on estuary mudflats and muddy beaches.

Performs an impressive 'distraction display' in which one of the adults pretends to be injured and seems to be staggering along with a damaged wing. This distracts the attention of a predator which is then led away from the nest or the chicks. Then when the predator tries to pounce, the adult flies away to safety.

Birds from north-east Canada migrate across the Atlantic to winter in west Africa, passing through Iceland, Greenland and western Europe between August-September, before returning to their breeding grounds in May. Those which breed in northern Europe also winter mainly in Africa, leaving between August-September and returning April-May. British birds are mostly sedentary. Birds from central Europe migrate south and west in Autumn to join the sedentary birds in countries such as Britain.

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welcome again, my friend.
I am pleasure to see old friend again.
Well, this is great shot for Charadrius hiaticula. Nicely focused and composed. eye contact and POV also great. I have seen this species in several times, but I have not such nice shot. Thanks for sharing, have a nice weekend.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-27 14:29]

Hi Pekka,

I'm so glad to see you back again! Even with the low light this is a fine shot of the Ringed Plover. The face, eye, beak, wings and black and white plumage are wonderful. I never realized they were this large. I like the natural setting and composition.


Hello Pekka,
a very beautiful capture of Ringed Plover taken from an excellent POV with good sharpness, splendid colours and well composed.
Best regards.
Have a good weekend

Ciao Pekka, beautiful composition with lovely bird, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio


Glad to see you are back posting.

I like the environmental shot of the Plover in the marsh. It can be very frustrating when you have a good shot but no light. It looks like you have done the best you could have done.

I am glad you posted the picture.

Take care - bob

Hi Pekka, excellent capture of this beautiful ringed plover with fine details and sharpness.
TFS and have a nice WE!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-27 22:07]

Hej Pekka,
A nice capture of a Ringed Plover that reminds me that soon they are with us here in Sweden. You made good use of the low light to get this from a great POV with good sharpness and colours. Interesting to see that it is already in breeding plumage.
TFS and have a good weekend,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-28 1:42]

Hello Pekka,
Very good photo especially in terms of DOF, sharpness, good details in the highlights.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-28 5:03]

Hello Pekka,
Beautiful photo of this Ringed Plover. Great natural colours and good sharpness. Excellent low POV and composition.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-28 7:34]

Pekka, Lovely note and a nice shot. thoughtful mood of the bird it seems. TFS ganesh

Hi Pekka,
This is not a typical Pekka shot but a very beautiful species. Very good composition but I think the focus could have been better. Better luck next time. 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)
  • [2009-02-28 13:16]

Hi Pekka,
Beautiful capture of this ringed Pulover.I liked eye level POV,pose of bird,eye contact and pose of bird a lot.
Thanks for posting.

hello Pekka

excellent photography of the Ringed Plover
shot with very fine POV, DOF and framing,
excellent sharpness and details of the bird, TFS


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-03-24 20:50]

Hello Pekka! Well done on this very nice bird! Very good details and sharpness, great exposure with a beautiful background! Thanks! Good to see your work again!


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