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Charadrius asiaticus

Charadrius asiaticus
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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: 2009-04-18
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-16 7:58
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Charadrius asiaticus Pallas, 1773. Male in breeding plumage.
Caspian Plover

I think that this is the first photo of this species in TN.

Charadrius asiaticus is a wader in the family Charadriidae. It is a land-dueling species usually found in grasslands and fields away from water.
It is an attractive plover slightly larger than Ringed Plover. It is similar to Greater Sandplover and Lesser Sandplover, but it is slimmer, longer-legged and has a much stronger white supercilium.
Summer males have grey-brown backs and a white face and belly. The breast is chestnut, bordered black below. Other plumages have a grey-brown breast band, although the summer female may show a hint of chestnut. The call is a sharp chip.

It feeds in a similar way to other plovers picking insects and other small prey mainly from grassland or arable.

It breeds on open grassland in central Asia, mainly to the north and east of the Caspian Sea. It is a migratory species which winters in east Africa, usually still on grassland or arable.

Charadrius asiaticus is a very rare vagrant in Europe. It is also a rare vagrant to Australia.

In Cyprus Charadrius asiaticus is also a very rare vagrant with 20 records. All the records are from costal localities where it is usually found in fields.
The bird in the photo is from the last visit of this species in Cyprus. This male was at Mandria area at the west coast for almost two weeks in April of 2009.


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yasu Christodoulos
amazing capture. wonderful focus, POV/DOF and colors. congratulations really on this new species of TN and one of rare records of Charadrius asiaticus in our region.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-16 8:09]

Hello Christodoulos,
A superb capture of this rare species of Plover that has never been seen in my country. I wish we had visited Cyprus when this was a visitor.
Thanks and kind regards,

hello Christo
How do you make such great sharpness picture,s again
so good !!
great details nice 3D effect and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

Hi Christodoulos my neighbour today,
maybe my critiques are similar, but I trully think, that they are perfect in focus. They are perfect in composition.
Colours are amazing. And my English is not enough good to tell more...

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-01-16 9:05]

Hello Christodoulos
First class image quality as usual...Thanks for sharing this very rare specie for my country

great shot. fantastic clarity..tfs

Fantastic razor sharp image with endless colors and impeccable detail Christodoulos! Truly a masterpiece my friend! Bravo!
George Veltchev

A feast for the eyes! regards Yiannis

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-16 9:42]

Hello Christodoulos,
Every photo you post is a little treasure for us and TN. What a perfection! And so beautiful. Fantastic!

Ciao Christodoulos, beautiful composition with lovely bird against a splendid blurry BG, wonderful light and colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Indeed another stunning shot from you Christodoulos.
With the limited numbers of this bird in Cyprus, I am very happy for you in getting such a clear and sharp shot of the Caspian Plover.
We are lucky in South Africa to find good numbers of them in the Northern Provinces.
Well done and TFS

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-01-16 10:19]

Giasou Christodoulos,
An excellent capture of this Charadrius asiaticus.!
Colours,nice sharp detail and a great POV.
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-16 10:28]

Hello Christodoulos.
This is a amazing shot.Detail and colours are great. Sharp focus and the eye looks so nice. Great POV and DOF. Very well done.Best regards Siggi

Hi Christodoulos,
This is fantastic. Very nice and sharp image of this pretty Plover. I really like the depth with the in-focus plants at its feet and the nice blurry background. You have been posting some amazing birds images lately, keep it up.

Hello Christodoulos,
This is an excellent shot of this beautiful bird. As usual, eveything is perfect: details, colours, sharpness, superb composition and lightning. Well done!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-01-16 10:53]

Hi Christoulos!
What a great portrait! The image is perfectly clear and the fine details stand out against the splendid blurred BG very well!
Perfect exposure. There is a lovely play of lights and shadows.
Have a nice week.
Ciao! Vandaq

Charadrius asiaticus looks like a king in this photo!!! You manage to present us perfect photos!!! Thanks for sharing!!! Erodotos

Geia sou Christodoule,
Excellent sharpness, wonderful colours ans perfect BG. Best wishes, Pambos

Ciao Christodoulos. Perfect MF! For sharp and details in fabolouse light. Beautiful colours.


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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-01-16 14:25]

Well taken and well post-processed image. The main subject stands out from the blurred background. Fine colour and sharpness.

Hallo Christodoulos,
a superb capture of this marvellous and rare bird, amazing detail on the plumage, fantastic natural colours, excellent POV and DOV in a very pleasant composition with a fabulous BG.
Best regards

Hello Christodoulos,
Very impressive sharp level!... A perfectly detailde shot with a exposure level masterly managed!... Congratualtions!... Nice bird here!
Regards, TFS

hello Christodoulos

WOW ! very very beautiful photo of the Caspian Plover,
superb low POV at its level, great DOF,
superb focus great sharpness and details,
beautiful luminosity, that little catch-light
at the eye render the photo more beautiful, TFS


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-01-16 23:41]

Hello Christodoulo,

You continue to amaze me with superb capture of birds. It seems you are able to catch them in the perfect light and pose, with impeccable details.

Thank you very much for sharing those beauties with us!


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-16 23:44]

Hi Christodoulos,
Splendid photo of this beautiful Bird,new species for me, TFS!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-01-16 23:57]

Fine portrait of this lovely species, great pose and colors. tfs.

Hallo Christodoulos
Stunning image. Fantastic colours. Excellent details. Spot-on focus. Perfect moment captured. Wonderful point of view. What more can I say? Really a pleasure once again to look at a master photographer's work. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards.

Hello Christodoulos

first of all what an beautiful gallery you have here on TN.
This one also tken with perfect sharpness, low pov and details.
Nicely blurred bg.
Fine clarity colors.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-17 3:28]

Hello Christodoulos,
lovely view in splendid sharpness. The big dark eye is so pretty and the softness of the feathers is so stunning.
An excellent composition that make me love nature more!


Hi Christodoulos,
This a very nice birds a with very nice colors. The picture is clear and sharp, and great details. well done.Best regards

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2011-01-17 13:29]

Hi Christodoulos
just perfect with very nice square compo

Hello Christodoulos,
Fantastic capture with lovely natural colors,razor sharp details and perfect exposure.
Brilliant composition!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-01-22 5:25]

Hello Christodoulos,
A stunning capture of this beautiful Plover in a fine pose. Details are pin-sharp and the light and colours are wonderful. Very nicely framed too!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-06-04 1:48]

Hi Chris,

Very good colors and superb sharpness in this cute bird. Very low pov, that makes it even more impressive.


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