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Juvenile Red Knot

Juvenile Red Knot
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-14 10:26
Viewed: 3435
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Red Knot (Calidris canutus) is so-called because during the breeding season nearly the whole of the of the body and the sides of the head have a rusty red-coloured plumage.

In the winter the plumage becomes mostly grey, as is that of juveniles, except that the feathers on the back are distinctly edged with black, as shown in this shot.

Nesting takes place in the tundra areas in the far North of Europe and Asia and they overwinter on the mudflats of western Europe and Africa.

In Sweden we see them as passage migrants in the spring and late summer and autumn.

I took this shot with my camera hand-held at a distance of about 15 meters on a very windy but sunny day when it was not inclined to fly away from me.

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Hi Ivan
Interesting shot and note. Pretty good sharpnes. Good OOF buckground. Littli bit messy foreground :-)
Best wishes

very good ivan!
sharp with nice dof and pov
and well composed!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-14 11:47]

Hi Ivan,

Nice shot of an interesting looking bird. He certainly has a long beak! Your details are excellent. Another one that I have never seen. TFS.


Hello Ivan,
Very good shot in the natural and bright day light. The bird seems to be in a happy state of mind.
Your hand-held shots from a sizable distance always surprise me for their sharpness and clarity. With steady hands like that, who needs a tripod?
Warm regards,

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-01-14 12:29]

Hi Ivan,
The details here are very good, you have the exposure spot on.lovely.
Badruddin Ali

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-01-14 13:10]

Hi Ivan,
this is a great shot, good compo. and excellent details.
Much appreciated, a pleasure to view :)
Cheers :D

Hi Ivan,
EXcellent capture with great low POV, giving great seperation of the bird from foreground and background. Exposure and detail excellent.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-14 19:47]

Hello Ivan

A very good ,well focused shot.You have good eye contact,and the bird is keeping an eye on you.A nice low POV , brings you to the birds level,the DOF is well done with good sharp details and nice OOF BG.TFS


Hi Ivan

Wow... this is an excellent shot. Love the plumage on this bird. Nice design! Good POv and clear and sharp with the catchlight in the eye. Nice one! TFS.

great shot nice DOF and good sharpness with a lovely pose captured nice feather detail good POV very well done rgds Necip.

Hi Ivan,
Very nice red knot at eye level. Composition, sharpness, and exposure are on the spot. Thanks for sharing this outstanding picture.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-01-15 2:19]

Hello Ivan,
Very good POV. Good focus, sharpness and details.TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-15 3:27]

Hi Ivan

Another very beautiful post from you!
This red knot looks really great and you managed to capture it with lots of details and in a superb light.
The low angled POV works terrific here and, tougher with the excellent DOF, they isolate the bird very well from the BG and give out a very nice perspective.
The colors are charming and the composition is simply but very effective.

Bravo and TFS

hi ivan,
nice capture,
well composed,
nice pov, good dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

Good shot Ivan

great sharpness and excellent POV

well composed


Hello Ivan,
I like the light in its eye very much. Those details in the plumage are good and I also like this DOF and composition. It is interesting to see the ground on focus and this nice blurred BG. This is a very good post with interesting notes about this nice bird. Thanks,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-15 16:52]

Hola Ivan. Una foto muy bella, Me agradan los colores en blanco, gris y negro de esta ave. El fondo difuso se ve exelente. Luis52.

Well taken, good detail and nice full frame shot.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-16 4:16]

Hello Ivan,
Very well composed, and the details, sharpness and lighting are excellent.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-01-19 10:42]

Hello Ivan,
I lived on one of the dutch wadden ilands for 8 years. Saw thousand and thousands of red knots passing by each year but never captured one on film. The way you did it, makes me jealous a bit. Extreme low pov makes it very nice composition. The sun does good work here on the light.
Great image!
Best regards, Jacob

Hi Ivan,
Definitely a higher quality image as the sharpness, detail, tones, DOF, POV and so forth are well done.

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