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Bar-tailed Godwit

Bar-tailed Godwit
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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: 2009-03-01
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/8, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-03 7:02
Viewed: 4265
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An adult Bar-tailed Godwit in winter plumage at Titchwell nature reserve sea shore. Rainy day and the light was quite low.

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From Birdguides:

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)

In: Bar-tailed Godwit Ca: Tètol cuabarrat Da: Lille Kobbersneppe De: Pfuhlschnepfe Es: Aguja colipinta Fi: punakuiri Fr: Barge rousse It: Pittima minore Nl: Rosse Grutto No: Lappspove Pt: Fuselo Sv: Myrspov US: Bar-tailed Godwit Ru: Малый веретенник

In summer, male Bar-tailed Godwits go completely brick-red underneath from bill to tail. They also differ from Black-tailed Godwits in their shorter legs and the lack of a wing pattern. In flight they resemble small Curlews with generally brown upper-parts, except for the triangular white rump and pale barred upper-tail. However, they have slightly up-turned rather than obviously down-turned bills. Unlike Black-tailed Godwits, their upperparts are heavily patterned even in winter plumage and they are unlikely to look prominently red or orange on the head and neck.

Breeds on open tundra. Winters on muddy estuaries and sandy shores.

Most of the western Palearctic breeding population winters in western Europe. In spring many birds stop-off at the Waddensee, before continuing to their breeding grounds during late May.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-03-03 8:03]

Hi Pekka
Nice presentation.Good POV and nice pose from your subject.Excelelnt text to.
TFS Michel

Hi Pekka
this is very beautiful wader bird. I have seen only L. limosa from this genus. you are lucky to see and capturing with a nice shot. POV, focus, composition and lighting very nice. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-03 9:41]

Hello Pekka,
An excellent capture of a Bar-tailed Godwit taken from a great lateral POV that shows its features, including the slightly upturned bill with fine sharpness and lighting.
When they come to Sweden in may they have already gained their red breeding plumage.
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-03 11:05]

Hi Pekka,
Very nice capture of this Godwit.Well framed and composed.
Thanks for posting.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-03 12:13]

Hello Pekka,
Beautyful image with great POV and good background. Colors and composition are very nice too. Well done!
Best regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-03 12:45]

Hi Pekka. You have taken a good close up of the Godwit which your large lens has taken with fine detai land sharp focusing. You have dane well with the poor light you must of had to work with. wel ldone TFS.

hello Pekka

excellent photography of the Bar-tailed Godwit,
shot with fine POV, DOF and framing,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-03-04 4:22]

Hello Pekka,

Despite the bad lighting condition you have shown well the bird. Plumage pattern and colors can be well seen. Even if the image is slightly soft very good details of the bird can be seen.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-04 7:33]

Pekka, woW what a long beak. Excellent pose and lovely sharp picture.Ganesh


You did a great job of getting this unique bird in not ideal conditions. You have shown the bird very well even thought the picture is not as crisp as I am sure you would have liked. It would have bee great to have better light, but as nature photographers we can't always wait for the perfect light to capture a subject we think is important.

Thanks for sharing your picture with us.


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-03-20 15:26]

Hi Pekka
very nice image
very good sharp
well done.

Hello Pekka,

From this fine shot, it is easy to see how well adapted this bird is to its method of hunting for food.
Although the light was poor, there was enough to create an interesting reflection on the water which gives a very good impression of movement.
Good off-centre composition.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Yet another superb shot, Pekka. The POV you've chosen is superb.

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