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|The Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus), or in Europe just Dotterel, is a small wader in the plover family of birds.|
It breeds in the Arctic tundra of northern Eurasia from Norway to eastern Siberia,
and on suitable mountain plateaus such as the Scottish highlands and the Alps. It nests in a bare ground scrape and lays two to four eggs.
This species is migratory, wintering in a narrow belt across north Africa from Morocco eastwards to Iran.
Migration stopovers are traditional, and small parties (trips) of Dotterels pass through each year at these usually inland arable or grassy sites.
The winter habitat is semi-desert.
This plover is smaller and more compact than Eurasian Golden Plover.
It has a striking whitish super cilium in all plumages, and has plain wings in flight.
Adults in summer are unmistakable, with a chestnut breast bordered above with white, black belly and warm brown back.
The legs are yellow and the short bill black. As with the phalaropes, the female is brighter than the male.
The male dotterel generally is responsible for incubation and looks after the chicks. In most cases the cock dotterel successfully prevents other males getting to his mate and fertilizing her eggs.
He usually rears chicks that he has fathered.
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a nice picture of "fjällpiparen". the picture is well composed with a nice low POV.
Pretty good sharpness with a good DOF, almost the whole bird in focus and it standout well from the BG.
I like the nice natural colours too.
A belated welcome to TN.
very nice pic, great colours and sharpness, I saw this species only once in Israel, they are very rare winterers here. greetings Ori
great sharpness picture
good light and colours
- [2009-03-06 7:08]
Welcome to TN!
A fine capture of a juvenile Dotterel taken from a great low side POV with fine sharpness against an OOF natural BG and nicely composed on the lichen-covered ground.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,
- [2009-03-06 11:26]
Beautiful photo of this Dotterel, taken from a perfect low POV. Good sharpness and details. Lovely colours, but the BG can be a bit more blurred. Excellent composition.
Have a great weekend,
- [2009-03-06 11:54]
Hi Sigmund. Firstly elcome to TN . This is a fine close up of the Young Dotterel. Which you have taken with a good low POV and Blurred BG. You have sharp detail in the well marked featehrs. all with natural colours. . Interesting notes too.
Well done TFS.
have a good weekend.