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Philomachus pugnax

Philomachus pugnax
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Copyright: marios philippou (marios) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 20] (186)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-12
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-11-10 22:48
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Points: 12
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I found this Ruff at Akrotiri Limassol Cyprus. The ruff (Philomachus pugnax) is a medium-sized wading bird that breeds in marshes and wet meadows across northern Eurasia. This highly gregarious sandpiper is migratory and sometimes forms huge flocks in its winter grounds, which include southern and western Europe, Africa, southern Asia and Australia. It is usually considered to be the only member of its genus, and the broad-billed and sharp-tailed sandpipers are its closest relatives.
The ruff is a long-necked, pot-bellied bird. This species shows marked sexual dimorphism; the male is much larger than the female (the reeve), and has a breeding plumage that includes brightly coloured head tufts, bare orange facial skin, extensive black on the breast, and the large collar of ornamental feathers that inspired this bird's English name. The female and the non-breeding male have grey-brown upperparts and mainly white underparts. Three differently plumaged types of male, including a rare form that mimics the female, use a variety of strategies to obtain mating opportunities at a lek, and the colourful head and neck feathers are erected as part of the elaborate main courting display. The female has one brood per year and lays four eggs in a well-hidden ground nest, incubating the eggs and rearing the chicks, which are mobile soon after hatching, on her own. Predators of wader chicks and eggs include mammals such as foxes, feral cats and stoats, and birds such as large gulls, corvids and skuas.
The ruff forages in wet grassland and soft mud, probing or searching by sight for edible items. It primarily feeds on insects, especially in the breeding season, but it will consume plant material, including rice and maize, on migration and in winter. Classified as "least concern" on the IUCN Red List criteria, the global conservation concerns are relatively low because of the large numbers that breed in Scandinavia and the Arctic. However, the range in much of Europe is contracting because of land drainage, increased fertiliser use, the loss of mown or grazed breeding sites, and over-hunting. This decline has seen it listed in the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA). Wikipedia

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A well captured shot.Good POV,focus and colours.

beautiful birdie.nice shot.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-11-11 0:07]

Hello Marios,
Excellent photo of this Ruff. Taken from a very good low POV in fine sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-11-11 4:52]

Hi Marios,beautiful capture of this ruff,a specie not often seen on TN,a very elegant pose and great detail and colors,nice composition too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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Παρα πολύ καλή λήψη με εξαιρετική καθαρότητα, εξαιρετικές λεπτομέρειες, πολύ όμορφη σύνθεση. Εδωσες πολλές λεπτομέρειες στη βιολογία του πολύ ενδιαφέρουσες.

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Ciao Marios, lovely composition with nice bird, excellent clarity, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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