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Black-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit
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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
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-27 2:00
Viewed: 3949
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An adult Black-tailed Godwit with moulting plumage at Oare Marshes nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

In: Black-tailed Godwit Ca: Tètol cuanegre Da: Stor Kobbersneppe De: Uferschnepfe Es: Aguja colinegra Fi: mustapyrstökuiri Fr: Barge à queue noire It: Pittima reale Nl: Grutto No: Svarthalespove Pt: Maçarico-de-bico-direito Sv: Rödspov US: Black-tailed Godwit Ru: Большой веретенник

The Black-tailed Godwit is a spectacular wader, especially in summer when it has a red head and breast, as well as the distinctive black and white wing and tail pattern. At rest when the wing and tail markings are hidden, both Godwits resemble Curlews but have straighter beaks and in summer, reddish plumage. If plumage details aren't clear, the length of leg visible above the knee joint (which is really the ankle) is always longer on a Black-tail. Black-tails therefore look 'leggier'. In flight Black-tails have long trailing legs and long neck and bill as well as the striking black and white patterns on the wing and tail.

Breeds in water-meadows, marshes and rough pasture. Winters on muddy estuaries.

The Icelandic race winters mainly in Britain, Ireland and western France, with birds from western Europe mainly migrating south, first to Morocco and then on to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. Birds from eastern Europe migrate through Tunisia and Algeria to sub-Saharan Mali and Chad.

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I like your POV and the birds cross-legged pose Pekka,
Good color, exposure, detail, and DOF isolating the bird in the frame.
Great shot!

Excellent image of a long-legged Godwit, Pekka.
The bird stands there in an elegant posture.
Great focus and details.
Well done and TFS.

Hi Pekka,
A nice capture of this beautiful Black Tailed Godwit. Excellent composed shot with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-27 7:01]

Hej Pekka,
A beautiful capture of this lovely Godwit in a fine pose coming towards you. Excellent focus and sharp details. Beautiful natural colours too and a fine composition.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-27 10:38]

Hi Pekka,

This Godwit blends so well with his surroundings and still stand out so well. Lovely colors, good details, and a cute position of the legs as he heads for the water. A wonderful setting and composition.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-27 11:00]

Hello Pekka,
Excellent POV for this wonderful capture.
The beak detail shows well.
Lovely plumage detail,the markings and colours are very good.
Nicely composed in a natural setting.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Pekka,
I do like some elements such as the point of view which is quite low. The depth of field. The Black-tailed Godwit as it's a beautiful wader and often posted in TN.
You used a tripod!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-27 11:59]

Hi Pekka. This such a elegent looking bird . With its long legs and bill. Once again you havee taken this with fine detail nd natural colours. well done TFS With interesting notes

Hi Pekka,
Excellent image of this mimetic Black-tailed Godwit in your natural habitat, well composed, good sharp. Tkankyou for sharing and best regards. Ferran.

hello Pekka

an excellent photography of this wader bird,
shot with very fine POV, DOF and framing,
i love the bird's walking pose,
sharpness and details are excellent, TFS


Hi Pekka,
a splendid capture of Limosa limosa taken from an excellent POV, the sharpness is very good, i like the lovely posture of this marvellous bird against the neutral BG, very nice composition and very beautiful natural colours.
TFS. Best regards.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-28 3:45]

Hello Pekka, Interesting shot with perfect sharpness. Superb composition and lovely picture Ganesh

Ciao Peka, lovely walking bird with wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Wonderful capture with an attractive composition.

This is an amazing shot. The POV gives me the feeling it is a 3D picture. Every thing that needs to be in focus is.

Nice job.


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