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Marbled godwit

Marbled godwit
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon EF 500mm f4 MKII + Canon X2 Conv.
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-07-11 18:19
Viewed: 1792
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From my trip to Manitoba.
Was almost dark and raining when we found this bird calling from the middle of a country road S-W of Winnipeg. A new species for me.

The marbled godwit (Limosa fedoa) is a large shorebird. On average, it is the largest of the 4 species of godwit. The total length is 4050 cm (1620 in), including a large bill of 813 cm (3.15.1 in), and wingspan is 7088 cm (2835 in). Body mass can vary from 240 to 510 g (8.5 to 18.0 oz)

Adults have long blue-grey hairy legs and a very long pink bill with a slight upward curve and dark at the tip. The long neck, breast and belly are pale brown with dark bars on the breast and flanks. The back is mottled and dark. They show cinnamon wing linings in flight.

Their breeding habitat is the northern prairies of western Canada-(Canadian Prairies), and the north central Great Plains, United States near marshes or ponds. They nest on the ground, usually in short grass.

In autumn, they migrate in flocks to the coasts of California, the Gulf of Mexico, Mexico and South America.

These birds forage by probing on mudflats, in marshes, or at the beach (see picture below). In short grass, they may pick up insects by sight. They mainly eat insects and crustaceans, but also eat parts of aquatic plants.

Their numbers were reduced by hunting at the end of the 19th century. Although they had recovered somewhat since that time, their population has declined in recent times as suitable habitat is used for farming.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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Hello Mario-Precise and useful NOTE.Nice to see this beautiful species with good details.Like its pose too.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice WE-Srikumar

Hello Mario
照的很漂亮 很美丽的鳥 也很清晰
构图也很美丽 真是好看

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-07-12 16:50]

Hi Mario,magnificent capture of this interesting specie,very impressive detail,natural colors and great exposure,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-07-15 0:54]

Hi Mario
this is a splendid shot. excellent view of the subject in wonderful sharpness. The details are well seen. The soft blurry background really an attraction here.
Excellent presentation.


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