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Pluvialis fulva

Pluvialis fulva
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-17
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-22 5:08
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Pluvialis fulva (Gmelin 1789). Moulding into winter plumage (September)
Pacific Golden Plover

Pluvialis fulva is a medium-sized plover of the family Charadriidae
The breeding adult is spotted gold and black on the crown, back and wings. Its face and neck are black with a white border and it has a black breast and a dark rump. The legs are black. In winter, the black is lost and the plover then has a yellowish face and breast, and white underparts.
It is smaller, slimmer and relatively longer-legged than Eurasian Golden Plover, Pluvialis apricaria. It is more similar to American Golden Plover, Pluvialis dominica, with which it was once considered conspecific. The Pacific Golden Plover is slimmer than the American species, has a shorter primary projection, and longer legs, and is usually yellower on the back.
Pluvialis fulva breeds in Arctic tundra from northernmost Asia into western Alaska. It nests on the ground in a dry open area.
It is migratory and winters in south Asia and Australasia. A few winter in California and Hawaii, USA. This species is a very rare vagrant to western Europe.
In Cyprus Pluvialis fulva is a very rare vagrant with only 7 records.
The 5 records refer to the same bird which was visiting the Paphos headland from 2005 to 2009 (arriving in August and living in December).
I took a lot of photos of this bird in 2008 and 2009. Unfortunately we have not seen it in 2010.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-22 5:20]

Hello Christodoulos,
Another fantastic photo in high quality. Taken from a perfect low POV. Very cute eye contact. Amazing beautiful colours.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-01-22 5:27]

Hello Christodoulos
Another photo with first class image quality.
Excellent work!
Thanks for sharing

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-22 5:30]

Hi Christodoulos.
I am very glad to be next to you and your amazing bird picture. Image of a beautiful bird is simply brilliant. All details are ultimate. Cloudy blue sky is the perfect canvas for this beauty. I like impressive framing. Piece of rock (its sharp and blurred parts) also decorate the scene superbly. Bravo. Excellent job.

Ciao Christodoulus, lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful lighthing BG, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Impressive photo. Just perfect! regards Yiannis

Ciao Christodoulos.
Complimenti per la foto ottima nitidezza si può ammirare tutto il piumaggio del soggetto ottini colori come la composizione.
Molto bella,ciao Marco.

Hallo Christodoulos,
another fantastic picture of birds, amazing details on the plumage, marvellous colours and light, POV, DOF and BG are excellent, a very elegant composition.
Have a good weekend

Hello Christodoulos,
Very nice capture with exceptional clarity and good focus as usual.
It is a lovely composition with impressive details and sharpness.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-22 8:24]

Hello Christodoulos,
A superb capture of the Golden Plover in winter plumage. The technical standard, natural colours, pose and POV against a diffuse BG in superb lighting and composition contribur to a fine portait of this species.
It breeds in Sweden and I have posted a couple of shots of it in breeding plumage some time ago.
Thanks and enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Ciao Christodoulos. Foto da copertina! Perfetta.


hello Christo
SUPER SHARPNESS with great details and beautiful colours
super shot again from you
i like your picture,s very much
greeting lou

Hello Christodoulos,
Sharp with beautiful colours. Excellent quality.

Wonderful, wonderful stuff Christodoulos! A stuff of dreams I think! Amazing natural color, brilliant clarity and breathtaking depth of field! This image is truly amongst the best, no doubt! WOW!
George Veltchev

Hi Christodoulos,
beautiful portrait. Amazing pose You captured - so calm. Beautiful colours and as usually great sharpness. And this I think calm seas background.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-22 11:15]

Hello Christodoulos,
A really superb shot of this Golden Plover, I love the focus on the bird with excellent details and colours and the background is perfect. Well done!Best rergards Siggi

hello Christodoulos

very very beautiful photo of this Plover
with a very fine low POV at the bird's level,
i also love that great free space you leaved in front,
superb focus sharpness details, beautiful light,
the catch-light as always render the photo more beautiful,



Love the simplicity of this one. Just look at all the color and detail. Beautiful.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2011-01-22 12:49]

hi christodoulos
lovely compo, great bg and nice colors

Hello Christodoulos,
I am impressed with your great work. Perfect colours, details, sharpness and POV for this image. Well done!

Hi Christodoulos,
Very nice colours and excellent detail, good POV and composition

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-23 3:17]

Hello Christodoulos ,
very beautiful indeed. The details are so well defined and the splendid sharpness really give this view a stunning effect.
the blue background is so exciting and the pose by the bird is very lively.
well presented shot in excellent skills.
Well done indeed.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-23 4:59]

Hello Christodoulos,
How elegant this fine Golden Plover! Perfect low point of view and decentred composition. And colors and patterns of the plumage are so special..the blue of the water makes a perfect contrast too. Very plaisant bird-shot!
Have a nice Sunday. Kind regards

Veo que los dos tenemos el mismo equipo: la canon 50... pero algunos la saben utilizar
y la fotografía que nos uestras es un ejemplo :-)))

Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.

Hello Christodoulos, beautiful photo with good sharpness, details and composition. Very nice natural colours.

Hi Christodoulos
I missed this great capture of important rare record. congratulations really. nice to see such a new and rare species.
photographically, this is awesome work. everything great, from sharp focus and POV/DOF to eye contact and blue plain BG. thanks for sharing. best wishes

Hello Christodoulos,

Excellent details in the plumage, and the bird gives a great pose!
I like the low point of view that results in the sky as a non disturbing background...
A fine specimen, great eye contact..!

Pablo -

Geia sou Christodoule,
This is a masterpiece!!! congratulations. Best wishes, Pambos

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