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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, 100-400L is
Exposure: f/7.1
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-06 0:29
Viewed: 3079
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Crab-plover or Crab Plover (Dromas ardeola) is a bird related to the waders, but sufficiently distinctive to merit its own family Dromadidae. Its relationship within the Charadriiformes is unclear, some have considered it to be closely related to the thick-knees, or the pratincoles, while others have considered it closer to the auks and gulls. It is the only member of the genus Dromas and is unique among waders in making use of ground warmth to aid incubation of the eggs.
It is resident on the coasts and islands of the Indian Ocean, where it feeds on crabs and other small animals. They are gregarious and will feed in large groups, at night and during dawn and dusk as well as during the day; this crepuscular and nocturnal behaviour is more common during the breeding season. They breed around the Arabian Sea of Pakistan, Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, Red Sea and Somalia in the months of April to July then disperse across the Indian Ocean in August as far as the Andaman Islands and Sri Lanka in the east and Tanzania and Madagascar.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-02-06 0:35]

Hello Tom
very nice capture of this pretty plover. The colors are amazing and this long legged guy is so well detailed even though the background is so difficult.
Very nice one.


照的很清楚 構圖美麗

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-06 2:24]

Hello Tom,
Great photo of this Crab Plover taken from an excellent low POV. Superb sharpness, details, DOF and beautiful colours and white balance. Pleasing pose with eye contact.

nice, almost snowy, where is the polar bear :) TFS Ori

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-02-06 6:13]

Wonderful species and beautifully captured with good composition. tfs.

Hi Tom,
I always wanted to see this great bird and show it in a wonderfull way - thanks

Hello Tom

Very beautiful bird this wader bird and very
beautiful photo, with fine POV, great DOF,
excellent framing, you shot the photo at the best pose, TFS


Hi Tom
I hope your Seychelles honeymoon trip went very well. I estimate from Crab-plover that field was very nice. In last week, I also saw flocks of around two hundreds of these beautiful birds in coastal zone of Indian Ocean.
Yours gave a nice pose to you. Great shot. Congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beauty. All the best

Hi Tom,
another interesting photo of walking bird. Nice composition and presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Tom,
An outstanding capture with great clarity and sharpness,excellent exposure and you got the details of white plumage.
TFS and my regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-06 9:18]

Hi Tom,very very nice capture of this plover,i never seen before,i like the point of view and the perfect exposure,very interesting!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Tom,
Although you had a light BG, you captured this Crab-plover in all it's splendor!! Perfect sharp plumage detail and that sought after blink in the eye. Outstanding light management (light balance)and low POV my friend.
Best regards,

Hello Tom

Fantastic shot with an seemingly infinite background for this plover in motion. Superb exposure too.

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