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Have you seen my foot?

Have you seen my foot?
Photo Information
Copyright: Gethin Hill (inked) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 III
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-19 20:07
Viewed: 3521
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi everyone,

today i have a pic of a plover.. i'm not 100% on the species.. maybe Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus), Double Banded (Charadrius bicinctus) or possibly even a juve Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus).

this poor little plover has somehow lost a foot.. i didn't spend much time photographing him as i was on a mission to photograph this osprey, these oystercatchers, and this eastern curlew that were all within 50 feet of each other.

At the time i didn't even notice he was footless.. he seemed to be getting around fine.. wasn't until i got home and saw the photo's larger on the screen.. i even have a shot where it seems to be using his leg to lean on anyway, even without a foot.

The area this little plover was photographed at has plenty of saltwater crocodiles, sharks, and various other predators that could have done something like this, although i would suspect something more like tangled fishing line cut off the circulation or something would be more likely.

poor lil guy.. hope he survives ok in the crazy wilderness out there.

thanks for viewing

rousettus, rcrick, angela926, jusninasirun, boreocypriensis, haraprasan, zulfu, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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Hello Gethin,
what a beautiful Charadrius species young without feet and its great capture. Nicely composed. Sharp details, good lighting. good notes as like POV/DOF. TFS, well done

Hello Gethin,
Great capture of this poor little guy.very good composition and nice point of view,excellent sharpness and good depth of field, nice colors and details.
I wonder what happened to his foot.

Hey Gethin,
Really nice capture of this little Sand Plover, excellent detail, well framed too include the washed up leaf, stunning colours, nice work, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hello Gethin,

This is a poor bird. He looks pitiful indeed. You have captured this plover in excellent sharpness and details. The eye seems to be looking at you. The shadow and the leaf in front provide him enough space to move ahead and the bubbles left by the ocean wave indicates the roughness mentioned in your note.

Thanks for sharing and very well done.


Hello Gethin,
A wonderful Charadrius young without feet with excelent sharp details and lighting. Also nice composition and useful note.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-20 20:28]

Hello Gethin
A very good capture of this poor little chap.
It looks like he has adapted to his handicap,but I hope it manages ok.
Very well focused and composed in the frame.


Hi Gethin,
A lovely capture of this beautiful plover bird. What a pity it has lost one foot. Sorry for that. Very good composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-02-21 2:58]

Hi Gethin,

A nice lovly shot of this feetless bird. Perfect! TFS.

hello Gethin

you have done a superb shot of this poor little baby plover,
excellent POV & framing, i love to see the waves in the top
of the image, excellent luminosity of the image
with excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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