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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-25 2:45
Viewed: 3671
Points: 26
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This is the photo from my last trip ti Iceland two days ago. I found this guy on way to the harbor of Reykjavik.

Captured with 5D @ 400mm.

The Oystercatchers are a group of waders; they form the family Haematopodidae, which has a single genus, Haematopus. They are large obvious and noisy plover-like birds, with strong bills used for smashing or prising open molluscs.

In some species, the bill shape varies according to the diet. Those birds with blade-like bill tips prise open or smash mollusc shells, and those with pointed bill tips tend to probe for annelid worms.

They are found on coasts worldwide apart from the polar regions. They are all-black, black and white or brown and white in appearance.

Their eggs are laid in a shallow scrape on shingle. Oystercatcher eggs are grey and speckled, providing camouflage against the grey rock background. They are pointed at one end. Contrary to popular belief, the purpose of this is not to provide space for the chick's long beaks (their long beaks develop after hatching). The pointed shape is thought to prevent the eggs from rolling down a steep slope.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-09-25 3:12]
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Hi Ralf,

An excellent capture,well presented with Low POV,I like the natural surrounding,excellent camerawork,and did you have a chance to see some whales?


Wonderful bird. Nice composition and detail.
Best wishes,

Hi Ralf.
Very nice and interesting capture, the POV is very good too the composition.
Great work

Hi Ralf!
What a nice capture ofO ystercatcher, so sharp and colourful. Very good DOF and POV together with interesting and informative note and the beauty contrast makes this picture nice for looking at :)
TFS and have a nice day!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-25 4:47]

Hej Ralf,
This bird is always fun to watch, it's one of my favourites! Excellent capture of the bird in profile, great focus, fine sharp details and beautiful colours of the plumage.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2007-09-25 7:50]

Hi Ralf
Amazing details and colours.

Superb image, Ralf.
Technically well done and it is a beauty as well...

Hi Ralf,
Oystercatcher, probably Haematopus ostrelagus, is one of the best which I like. But I cant see it for many years.
This is perfect capture with great details and sharpness. Composition and POV/DOF perfect. Green grasses give richness to image. Shortly this is ten point and congratulations.
best wishes

hej ralf!
good shot on this fine bird!
sharp with good composition
and a nice pov!
well done!

Hej Ralf,
a very nice shot with a good low POV.
Fine details and good sharpness.
I see it's a taken with your 100-400 mm, was the 400mm 2,8
too heavy for Karin to carry ;-)
Well done, my friend.

hello Ralf

excellent image, i like the foot movement,
excellent focus, details and sharpness
on the bird as well the contrast
between the highligth and shadow colors
of his plumage, TFS


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-26 15:56]

Hi Ralf
Nice composition.Good POV and nice colors whit sharp details.The details in light and dark colors is very nice.
TFS Michel

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-03 7:16]

Hej Ralf,
Fine capture of an Oystercatcher on Island: technically superb but I noticed that you didn't use the big lens. Nice composition and lighting.
Hälsningar, Ivan

Ja tack, är mera uppe på benen nu men det tar sin tid!

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