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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/7.1, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-21 8:03
Viewed: 3610
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dunlins at RSPB Elmley Marshes nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

In: Dunlin Ca: Terit variant Da: Almindelig Ryle De: Alpenstrandläufer Es: Correlimos común Fi: suosirri Fr: Bécasseau variable It: Piovanello pancianera Nl: Bonte Strandloper No: Myrsnipe Pt: Pilrito-comum Sv: Kärrsnäppa US: Dunlin Ru: Чернозобик

The Dunlin is our commonest small wader but its fat shape and slightly down-curved bill are worth studying so you'll find it easier to pick out something rarer. Most Dunlin in spring and autumn show signs of either the black belly which is gained in summer or black spots on the flanks which are typical of juvenile plumage. Only in winter plumage do they have completely clean flanks and bellies and then you have to rely on shapes and sizes to identify them. In flight, the Dunlin is one of a dozen small waders which show a pale wing bar and white sides to the tail.

Breeds on grassy moorland and peat bogs. Winters on estuaries, saltmarshes and sandy shores.

The male performs his trilling song from the ground, often from a raised rock or tussock.

The race C.a.artica winters mainly in Africa, C.a.schinzii winters primarily in southern Europe and Africa, passing mostly through Ireland, and C.a.alpina winters mostly in western Europe, especially on the Waddensee. Some birds of this race winter in the Mediterranean and return to their breeding areas via the Black Sea.

uleko, Argus, Morigann, nglen, siggi, CeltickRanger, ferranjlloret, jaycee, maurydv, gannu, Adanac has marked this note useful
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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-21 8:10]

Hej Pekka,
These Dunlins seem to be parading just for you!! An excellent capture of these beautiful waders. The light doesn't look too good so you've done very well in capturing them all very sharply! A lovely composition!
Many thanks 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)
  • [2009-01-21 8:27]

Hej Pekka,
A fine well composed capture of a row of Dunlins along the waters edge. Nice to see them in total winter plumage with such clarity, something we don't see so much even n S. sweden as they tend to move further south before they have moulted completely.

Hello Pekka,
this is a nice capture with fine details and beautiful Dunlins.
Lovely composition.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-21 9:59]

Hello Pekka,
beautiful photo of these Dunlins in a great composition. Very nice natural colours and good sharpness.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-21 10:08]

Hi Pekka. All lined up and no where to go. You are a busy man out and about with your camera. This is a good pov on the Dunlin. I like the way they are all in the line as if wating for some thing to happen. Good detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-21 11:37]

Hello Pekka,
Excellent composition. Very good POV, DOF and sharpness. Detail is great. Beautiful natural colours.
Best regards Siggi

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2009-01-21 11:57]

hi Pekka,
great capture with the little guys in a line! they're all pretty well in focus too.. great work! tfs

hello Pekka

a very beautiful photo of the Dunlins, shot with fine POV and DOF,
excellent sharpness and details, i love the way, diagonally
they are framed on the image, TFS


Hej Pekka,
A Very good composition of this Dunlin whith a perfect BG. Interesting document and note. Well done! TFS and Best regards. Ferran.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-21 16:03]

Hi Pekka,

These six Dunlins look so adorable lined up for you. Each is in perfect focus with excellent details of their faces, wings, and plumage. Lovely natural colors. I love their poses at the water edge.


Hello Pekka,
a very nice capture of the Dunlins in a pleasant composition; an excellent POV and a superb sharpness; i like very much the pose of the birds, all in the line; very beautiful and natural colours.
TFS. Best regards.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-25 7:30]

Hello Pekka, WoW they are all lined up. Is it sort of board meeting of what? Good composition and lovely presentation. Ganesh

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-25 19:58]

Hello Pekka,
How the heck did you get them to line up for this quality group image. This is just grand Pekka, thank you for sharing.

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