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Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover
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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 800, Canon EF 1.4x Extender II
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-15 1:03
Viewed: 3842
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An adult Little Ringed Plover at Scaling Reservoir in Noth Yorkshire. It was raining heavily and the light was very low. I have only slightly sharpened the picture. The soaking wet feathers might look oversharpened but that is not the case.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) is a small plover.
Adults have a grey-brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with one black neckband. They have a brown cap, a white forehead, a black mask around the eyes with white above and a short dark bill. The legs are flesh-coloured and the toes are all webbed.
This species differs from the larger Ringed Plover in leg colour, the head pattern, and the presence of a clear yellow eye-ring.
Their breeding habitat is open gravel areas near freshwater, including gravel pits, islands and river edges in Europe and western Asia. They nest on the ground on stones with little or no plant growth. Both male and female take turn to incubate the eggs.
They are migratory and winter in Africa. These birds forage for food on muddy areas, usually by sight. They eat insects and worms.
The Little Ringed Plover is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-15 1:36]

Hello Peka,

Great shot of this beautiful Ringed Plover.
Great colour and detail.
Have a wonderful day

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2008-12-15 1:41]

Hi Pekka
Nice capture, perfect focus and good details. Good job.
Razvan Zinica

Hi Pekka

Poor wet plover, he dowsn't look happy.
Great composition, good sharpness and exposure


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-15 4:46]

Hej Pekka,
In spite of the rain you got a very nice capture of this wet-looking Little Ringed Plover! Great details and natural colours in this fine composition.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-15 5:43]

Hello Pekka,
A fine sharp shot of a Little ringed Plover in a wet and muddy environment. The reflection on the mud provides a fine contrasting BG.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-15 10:44]

Hi Pekka,

In spite of the bad conditions this is an excellent shot of the Little Ringed Plover. That is some puddle he is standing in! I love the face and the very wet feathers which you show in fine details. Colors are beautiful - the yellow eye ring is terrific. A wonderful wet composition.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-15 11:09]

Hello Pekka,
An excellent image showing this wet and cold looking plover. Your camera wotk throughout is splendid. Thanks for sharing this fine image with us Pekka.

Ciao Pekka, lovely bird in great pose, good details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Pekka

comparing this image of the Ringed Plover with
your previous one, i love much more this one,
i love the very fine POV, DOF and framing,
the beautiful warm luminosity, the excellent
sharpness and details of the bird's plumage,
i love his pose, and it is a very beautiful bird,



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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-15 23:24]

Hi Pekka

A great shot - excellent pov combined with very good detail and eye contact.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-17 14:30]

Hi again,
another great shot of a Plover but this time the Little Ringed one :-)
Very good detail in the feathers.
Great contrast.
Superb DOF.

Well done Pekka!


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