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Philomachus pugnax

Philomachus pugnax
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Copyright: Mustafa Sozen (spalaxtr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 667 W: 8 N: 1352] (5868)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-16
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-02 15:14
Viewed: 2981
Points: 18
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Philomachus pugnax (TUR: Döğüşkenkuş, ENG: Ruff):

Ruffs are taller and leggier than Dunlins, the males being about the size of a Redshank, the females, known as Reeves, being Wood Sandpiper-sized. In all plumages they look rather fat-bodied but small-headed and short-billed, and their upperparts are usually well-patterned with brown and buff. The juveniles show an immaculate scaly pattern above. Ruff leg colours vary, so don't be surprised to find one with legs as red as a Redshank. And look out for birds showing signs of summer plumage, especially white-headed, white-chested males looking quite unlike anything in most bird books. In flight they look relatively long-winged with a narrow pale wing bar but striking white oval patches in the sides of the tail.

Breeds in grassy fields. Winters on estuaries and marshes.

In spring, Ruffs throw spectacular parties, usually at dawn. All the males turn up at the chosen place in outrageous fancy-dress costumes of red, black, orange and even white. Then they pose, posture and bow, jump in the air in excited dances and sometimes even fight each other. Females arrive and watch carefully before deciding which one they will mate with.

The species is migratory, with the majority of birds wintering in sub-Saharan Africa. Smaller numbers also winter in south and western Europe. In both spring and autumn, males migrate earlier than females. Peaks of spring passage occur in late March (mostly males) and late April (mostly females).

From: www.birdguides.com

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güzel bir seçim Dr, eline sağlık. netlik, ışık hepsi yerli yerinde.

Hi Mustafa

Great shot of the ruff, well composed with good sharpness.


Hi Mustafa,

Good POV, I really like the contrast in colors. The water in the background, especially.



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-03 8:54]

Hello Mustafa,
Beautiful sharp photo with great natural colours. Good composition and BG.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-10-03 13:56]

Hello Mustafa,
what a perfectly sharp image of the ruff. Displayed in a very fine way.
Is the dot underneath the bird some noise on your sensor or was it something else?
Regards, JAcob

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-10-03 21:41]

Beautiful shot, Mustafa.
The POV is great on this bird. The sharpness is impressive.
I love the light, and the colors in the water.
TFS. : )

elinize sağlık hocam.hoş bir tür , teknik açıdan başarılı bir çekim sağlamışsınız

çok güzel çekim
renkler ve netlik enfes

slm mustafa bey
resminiz çok güzel ellerine sağlık başarılarınızın devamını dilerim.

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