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Common Greenshank

Common Greenshank
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Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-02-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7100, Nikon 300mm VR 2.8 D + TC 2X
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-03-12 12:26
Viewed: 2498
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) is a wader in the large family Scolopacidae, the typical waders. Its closest relative is the Greater Yellowlegs, which together with the Spotted Redshank form a close-knit group. Among them, these three species show all the basic leg and foot colours found in the shanks, demonstrating that this character is paraphyletic (Pereira & Baker, 2005). They are also the largest shanks apart from the Willet, which is altogether more robustly built. The Greater Yellowlegs and the Common Greenshank share a coarse, dark, and fairly crisp breast pattern as well as much black on the shoulders and back in breeding plumage.

This is a subarctic bird, breeding from northern Scotland eastwards across northern Europe and Asia. It is a migratory species, wintering in Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, and Australasia, usually on fresh water. It breeds on dry ground near marshy areas, laying about four eggs in a ground scrape.

Common Greenshanks are brown in breeding plumage, and grey-brown in winter. When in water, they can appear very similar to Marsh Sandpipers but are distinguished by the shape of the lower bill which gives it an upturned appearance to the bill. They have long greenish legs and a long bill with a grey base. They show a white wedge on the back in flight. They are somewhat larger than the related Common Redshank. The usual call is a rapid series of three short fluty notes syllabilized as teu-teu-teu.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-03-12 13:42]

Hallo Zeno,
Ook de opname van deze Groenpootruiter is erg mooi. Weer van een goed laag standpunt genomen. Prima scherpte en natuurlijke kleuren. Ik zie ze bijna elk jaar ook op Lesbos maar heb er nog niet een echt mooie foto van kunnen maken, zoals deze.

Bonsoir Zeno,
Agréable valorisation du sujet sous une relativement bonne profondeur de champ et dans une lumière bien maitrisée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-03-12 14:05]

Hi Zeno,excellent capture of this common bird of the Senegal beaches,perfect exposure and good details in its classic position.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-03-12 19:51]

Zeno, thanks for other marine bird portrayed so subtle and delicate.
Thank you very much, man.

Hernán Bortondello

Ciao Zeno, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful natural colors, excellent sharpness and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Zeno,
Lovely capture,nice details and clarity.Very well composed.

Good portrait of this greenshank with descent colours and a good pose.

Hello Zeno,

Hope you are doing fine friend. Thanks for your comments and support.This is an exquisite photo of this Common Greenshank which is also found in our part of the world. In its natural habitat the bird looks splendid.The focus is great and the details of plumage a great help for the proper identification of the species. The note is very information. Thanks a lot for sharing a part of your world, take care,

warm regards/Abid

Nice portrait of this greenshank.

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