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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: 2008-08-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EX 500mm f4.5 APO HSM, RAW ISO 800, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-26 0:54
Viewed: 3805
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An adult male Ruff in winter plumage at Oare Marshes nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)

In: Ruff Ca: Batallaire Da: Brushane De: Kampfläufer Es: Combatiente Fi: suokukko Fr: Combattant varié It: Combattente Nl: Kemphaan No: Brushane Pt: Combatente Sv: Brushane US: Ruff Ru: Турухтан

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).

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Hi Pekka
A very good capture of this Ruff. It looks like the day you took this was dull, but the detail and colours are still very nice. The bird is in a good pose and the DOF makes it stand out.
Kind Regards

Hi Pekka,

Nice stance showing the bird doing it's thing and good detail on the feathers. The bird stands out well from the background. And the image is very well handled considering the lighting conditions


Hi Pekka,
A lovely capture of this beautiful ruff bird. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-26 3:11]

Hello Pekka,
A superb photo of this Kemphaan! The light and colours are fantastic. Beautiful natural conditions. Evenso fantastic are the sharp details in the feathers. Great DOF, composition and POV. Very beautiful!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-26 3:25]

Hello Pekka,
A fine capture of a male Ruff in winter plumage and feeding on its way south. The POV and technical qualities are great and the composition with the water movement gives the image a feeling of action.
Kind regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-26 4:11]

Hej Pekka,
Superb view of this Ruff as its looking for food in the water. Excellent focus and sharpness and fine colours of the plumage!Very nice!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-26 5:56]

Hello Pekka,
Excellent presentation.Good POV and sharp imege .Great details and nice pose from this Ruff.

Best regards Siggi

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-26 9:00]

Hello Pekka,

You have shown the bird in a very nice image. The excelent sharpness allows to see perfectly plumage pattern. Colors are very well rendered and the plumage of the bird matches nicely the color of mudy waters.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-26 10:02]

Hi Pekka,

I love the pose - the Ruff seems to be enjoying his drink. Colors, shadings and details of the face and feathers are wonderful. I like the placement in the water - fine composition.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-26 12:26]

Hi Pekka. This must have taken at a fair distance but still you have a fine picture. Good detail anatural colours on what looked to be a dull day or it might have just been the water, All with interesting notes well done TFS.

Hi Pekka,
Great capture of this beautiful Philomachus pugnax, excellent composition sharp and fine details. Well done. TFS and best regards. Ferran.

hello Pekka

excellent photography of the Ruff, shot with fine POV, DOF
an framing, excellent sharpness and details of the plumage, TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-01-26 18:39]

Hola Pekka.
Great and fine photo. very sharp and well focus. your big lens ans kenko 1.4 works great here.
Also Your note is very interesting.

hello pekka,
good presentation of the male ruff, the focus is spot on and the details of the plumage looks great, well composed shot, lovely natural colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-27 20:59]

Pekka, This is superb and just simply superb. Amazing shot and a good one. Brilliant. I like the sharpness on the feathers. Ganesh

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