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Pluvialis fulva 2

Pluvialis fulva 2
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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, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-21 4:57
Viewed: 3877
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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 I have not seen it in 2010 and 2011.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-21 5:13]
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Hello Christodoulos,
Lovely shot of this very elegant bird. Love the fine sparkles of color on its plumage. Well composed decentred presentation and interesting blue-white (clouds?) background. Like also the tight horizontal framing a lot.
Meilleures salutations

Hi Chris, Very nice capture of this Pacific Golden Plover my friend, fabulous colourful markings, splendid pose and catch-lighted eye, superb detailed sharpness, great effort here Chris and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hello Christodoulos,
Another excellent image. Lovely natural colors and perfect focus.
The clarity, light, exposure and sharpness are superb.
It is a wonderful capture from close range with impressive details.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Christodoulos, lovely bird in great pose on a fantastic sky, wonderful clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-21 7:05]

Hello Christodoulos.
What an adorable bird! Details of the face and plummage are superb. Nice natural colors and natural setting. As always a wonderful composition.Best regards Siggi

great, u get all the rarities, greetings Ori

Hello Christodoulos,
Perfect detail/sharpness with a wonderful display of superb colours enhanced with a stunning DOF. Well done!!

Hello Chris!
Lovely little bird in an excellent composition.Great sharpness and focus, fine details...a gorgeous shot, indeed! Well done!Thanks for sharing!
Nice w-end!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-10-21 8:29]

Hi Chris!
Great portrait. The bird is captured with splendid light, which makes wonderful the colours of the plumage. Very nice the blue sky as BG.
Sharpness is superb, as usual.
Ciao! Vanda

Hi Christodoulos.
Beautiful portrait. Nice colours and composition. Perfect sharpness and details.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-21 9:35]

A magnificent point of view to create this fantastic contrast whit the blue background,very impressive light balance and the perfect focus for the best details..another pearl in your beautiful birds gallery.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

hello Christodoulos
Super good picture with great details and super
thanks greeting lou

A beautifully decorated bird photographed from a good point of view with excellent detail. Perfect against the blue colour. regards yiannis

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-21 11:24]

Hi Chris,
Lovely shot with a very good composition and sharpness details.
Nice colours and background are nice too.
Regards Jiri.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-10-21 14:20]

Hello Christodoulos,
A very good capture of this lovely bird in nice pose,great sharpness and taken from a wonderful point of view.Nice colors and exllent details...
Have a nice weekend!...

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-21 22:32]

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Magnifique pluvier bien orienté pour la photo.
Les couleurs sont belles et la netteté très bonne.

excellent picture, lovely light and perspective, congratulations Chris !

have a nice day,

ciao, tino

Hello Christodoulos,
Another super bird photo! What I like at this image are the colours, lighting, details, sharpness, POV and clear BG. Congratulations!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-10-22 0:50]

Fine pose by the beautiful species on the rocks with sea as background, well captured. tfs.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-22 9:30]

Wonderful image of this bird, Christodoulos !
Fantastic sharpness, detail and light. Great composition, splendid colours and very nice background. Very well done!!

Una toma diferente a lo común, básicamente por los colores plasmados
y sobre todo por el acertado y espectacular ángulo de disparo. Gran trabajo.
Saludos Cristodoulos: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Christodoulos,
beautiful composition of this bird with good light and wonderful colours. Good sharpness and a nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-22 18:21]

Hello Christodoulos,
Gorgeous coloring displayed in a plumage that looks to be well camouflaged. Super fine detail and composed perfectly. Love the attractive BG. Congratulations on capturing this rare visitor. Great job!!

Hallo Christodoulos,
a fantastic capture of the Pacific Golden Plover, superb sharpness and fantastic colours, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

Hello Christodoulos

Excellent close-up photo of the Pacific Golden Plover,
very fine POV at its level and framing,
with beautiful eye-contact, TFS


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