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Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 15x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 125
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-01 7:07
Viewed: 3617
Points: 60
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Wood Sandpiper / Tringa glareola

Today I share number 58 in the series of birds of the Kruger National Park, the Wood Sandpiper. I very much like this bird's stylish and neat appearance, and it reminds me so much of a soldier walking up and down, to and throw, all rigid and with a sense of superiority.

This species is a full migrant, travelling overland on a broad front across Europe and the Middle East. The adults start to move away from the breeding grounds in late June, with juveniles following in late August, arriving in tropical Africa from late July through August to October. On this southern migration many birds frequent stop-over sites to the north of the Mediterranean (especially in France and Italy), after which they fly over the Sahara.

Spring departure from the wintering grounds begins in late March to early April, with breeding areas starting to be reoccupied from late April (early June in northern Russia) and with breeding occurring between May and mid July Some non-breeding birds may also remain in the south throughout the summer. The species nests in well-dispersed solitary pairs but in winter it may occur in small scattered groups or larger flocks (20-50 individuals), and concentrations can exceed 1,000 individuals on migration.

During the breeding season this species inhabits open, swampy areas in boreal forest, scrubland between tundra and coniferous forest with willow, dwarf birch or spruce, wet heath lands, and extensive mossy, sedge or grassy marshes.

Outside the breeding season this species is less associated with woodlands, being more commonly found in open areas such as the margins of inland freshwater lakes and reservoirs, muddy marshlands, grassy stream banks, sewage farms, wet paddy fields, small temporary pools, permanent swamps, flooded grassland and irrigation channels. It rarely occurs in coastal habitats, but may be found along the creeks of salt marshes and mangrove swamps.

Whilst on the breeding grounds this species is chiefly carnivorous, taking small insects, especially beetles, Hemiptera and the larvae of Diptera such as midges. During the non-breeding season the species has a more varied diet consisting of aquatic and terrestrial insects and their larvae, worms, spiders, crustaceans, gastropod molluscs, small fish and frogs, as well as plant matter such as seeds.

The nest is a scrape on the ground amongst dense vegetation, or raised on a tussock or slight ridge, and can sometimes be surrounded by water. The species may also nest in trees in the abandoned nests of other species such as thrushes.

The species is threatened in some European countries (such as Finland) from exploitation, and peat land drainage and destruction for forestry and agriculture. The populations in southern Sweden, Germany and Poland have also declined, possibly due to the threats of climatic change. The species is susceptible to both avian botulism and avian malaria, so may be threatened by future outbreaks of these diseases. Source

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Excellent photo performance in this very good approach!
Best regards Anna

Hello Anna
Wonderful to see a pic from You.Great POV and composition,wonderful natural colours and excellent sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good week!
Best regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-04-01 7:32]

Beautiful species with good pose and composition. tfs.

Hello Anna

Excellent close-up photo of the Wood Sandpiper,
fine POV at its level, beautiful soft light,
excellent focus, sharpnes, and details, TFS


Hallo Anna
this is very good ,i like the sharpness and the very good details
colours and light are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hallo Anna,
A very nice close-up shot of the Wood Sandpiper. Your low POV was perfect! The sharp outline of the bird is enhanced by the cool blue water. The ripples behind the bird is almost intriguing. Beautiful colouration and placing my friend. Have a great short week and greetings to Loot.
Best regards,

Hi Anna,

A nice photo of the Sandpiper from a great POV, natural color & excellent sharpness..


Hello Anna,
Nice capture with excellent sharp details and lovely composition.
Best regards,

Ciao Anna, great capture of lovely bird in nice standing pose, fantastic reflections, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-04-01 9:00]

Hello Anna,
a beautiful tringa species and great capture,regards..

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-04-01 9:07]

Shalom Anna,

This is indeed a lovely species, You captured to very well: lovely pose of the bird, great colors and details.

We see them during the spring and fall migrations. Only seldom they winter here.



Hello Mam ... ...
What a Great pic ..
with brilliant sharpness and good details ...Natural light suplendid beautifully and blurred . Nice POV ...the focus on the subject is really great ....Thanks for sharing this amazing pic with us ...

Hello Anna
A superb photo! Wonderful composition, excellent detail and light, good background, nice eye contact.
regards yiannis

Hello Anna,
Excellent picture of this 'Wood Sandpiper'.You have captured it very well with nice focus and beautiful natural colour.Details are very prominent on body too.Brilliant sharpness and a little wave in water(next to the subject)added a beautiful dimension in this photograph to make it a natural picture.It is a jem which you have brought out from the lap of mother nature.So credit goes to you.Well done.
Thanks for sharing such outstanding picture,
Kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-01 13:19]

Hello Anna,
Great to see your new posting. Excellent photo of this Wood Sandpiper in superb sharpness, lovely details and beautiful natural colours. Taken from the best POV.

Hello Anna,
Excellent photograph of Wood Sandpiper, excellent sharpness and details, excellent composition, excellent background and lighting.

鳥很可愛 身上的班紋 歷歷可見

Hello Anna
Beautiful photo with good composition, wonderful lighting and very good sharpness.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-04-02 1:32]

Hi Anna,
Perfect shot,wonderful natural colours good composition and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-04-02 2:42]

Hello Anna,
A very nice capture from your archives!
I like all aspects of this photo of the wood Sandpiper, especially the lighting and contrast with the calm water BG against which it is seen with almost three dimensional clarity from a perfect POV.
Thank you and best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-02 4:50]

Hi Anna,perfect capture of this sandpiper,one of the most friendly and easy birds to take for us....ehehe..top quality of plumage details,correct exposure and perfect colors,beautiful reflections too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Excellent image with natural colors and good clarity.


Hi Anna,
a wonderful portrait of this nice little wader!
best regards

Bonjour Anna,
Très belle publication valorisant bien le sujet dans une belle attitude par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao Anna. Razor details against the exciting blue BG of water. Intrigant reflections.


Hi Anna, Excellent image here my good friend, superb sharpness with good detail, lovely lighting, great stuff and very well done,

Best Regards,


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-04-03 15:33]

Hello Anna,
A very pretty shorebird and captured so nicely by your lens. I can definitely see what you are talking about as far as reminding you of a soldier walking. It appears to have a rigid and stately posture with head held high.
It has a very beautiful plumage which is quite camouflaged at the same time. I suppose it would be very difficult for predators to see when standing still among the reeds and boulders.
White balance looks perfect with beautiful natural colors. Well done!!

Hello Anna,

You're capturing well this bird by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the sandpiper with slim body, beautiful color, the body of the spotty pattern of brown and white, and a long beak/leg. The whole is balanced beautifully by a good arrangement and fike color combinations. The reflection projected to the water draws out an additional good effect in this image. And then, useful note. Have a nice weekend!

Kind regards,

Hello Anna.
Beautiful bird shot in nice pose. The rendered tone is natural and plumage details are vivid and pleasing. Beautiful Lens-work in keeping the whole bird in excellent focus.
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

Hello Anna,
Lovely capture.
Perfect sharpness, colour and composition.
Have a good week end.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-08-09 1:55]

Hello Anna,
Great to capture this Wood Sandpiper in its natural behavior. The image is sharp and well illuminated. Great composition. Very well done and tfs.Regards Siggi

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