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Grey Plover

Grey 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: 2009-01-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Sigma EX 500mm f4.5 APO HSM, RAW ISO 800, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-19 5:34
Viewed: 3628
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Grey Plovers at RSPB Elmley Marshes nature reserve. This was just before sunset and the light was get rapidly low. Lens fully open, shutter speed at risk level; I changed to ISO 1600 after this picture but the positions of the plovers were not as good.

From Birdguides:

Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)

In: Grey Plover Ca: Pigre gris Da: Strandhjejle De: Kiebitzregenpfeifer Es: Chorlito gris Fi: tundrakurmitsa Fr: Pluvier argenté It: Pivieressa Nl: Zilverplevier No: Tundralo Pt: Tarambola-cinzenta Sv: Kustpipare US: Black-bellied Plover Ru: Тулес

Grey Plovers are bigger than Golden Plovers and have much greyer, almost silvery, upperparts. Their stouter head and especially the bigger almost bulging eyes, standing out in a paler face, are further helpful features. In spring, both plovers develop black underparts but in the Grey Plover the black is more solid and much more extensive. Grey Plovers look quite different in flight due to their obvious pale wing bars, pale barred upper-tail, white rump and, diagnostically, obvious black underarm patches.

Winters on muddy estuaries and sandy beaches.

Birds wintering in Europe, move down from the high Arctic tundra from areas as far East as the Taymyr peninsula. In the UK there is a pronounced passage of adults mainly in May and during July-September, with juveniles moving through between September-November. Some immature birds remain through the summer.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-19 5:43]

Hello Pekka,
A very good capture of these Grey Plovers, especially considering the low shutter speed.
Nice low POV, sharpness and the evening light has given the image a pleasing mellow tone.
Best wishes,

Hello Pekka,
This is a beautiful capture with two cute Grey Plovers.
Nice low POV and good DOF. Very well done.

Hello Pekka,
Good picrure of these Grey Plovers, excellent compositon and natural pose. Nice POV and sharpness. TFS and Best regards. Ferran.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-19 9:47]

Hello Pekka,
This is lovely two for the "price" of one and both nicely detailed. The plummage markings and colours are well defined and the shot has good composition.
Best regards Siggi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-19 9:57]

Hi Pekka,

An adorable shot of these Gray Plovers in very similar poses. They are beautiful with wonderful colors and excellent details. I love the setting and the composition. I always wonder where you are and in what position when you take your pictures. Were you wading in the water???


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-19 10:53]

Hello Pekka,
You got a wonderful collection of waterbirds now. These Grey Plovers are also very beautiful. Great natural colours and good sharpness. Excellent low POV and composition.

hello Pekka

a very beautiful photography of the Grey Plovers
shot with fine POV, DOF and framing, i love the blurred
but detailed background to show their habitat,
beautiful warm luminosity and colour tones,
excellent sharpness and details, and both have
catch-lights that render the photo more beautiful, TFS


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-19 11:34]
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Hi Pekka. Even if the light was going you have taken a fine picture of the pair of Plovers. They look 3D on my computer. Great detail in the feathers and grasses with natural looking colours. Well done TFS.

How is the 50D going .

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-19 12:07]

Hej Pekka,
Excellent capture from a nice and low POV. The two Plovers look really cute together and they're both nicely in focus. Great sharpness and natural colours in this fine composition.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hello Pekka,

Excellent capture.
Fantastic colours with great details.
Good composition.

Hi Pekka,
A lovely capture of these pretty beauties from a nice POV. Great details, colours and composition.
TFS this fine image and cheers,


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