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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K20D, Sigma EX APO DG 50-500mm f/4-6.3, ISO 400, 86mm Kood UV
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-08 7:21
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Points: 14
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Genus: Limosa Brisson,1760
Species: L. limosa

The Black-tailed Godwit, Limosa limosa, is a large, long-legged, long-billed shorebird first described by Carolus Linnaeus in 1758. It is a member of the Limosa genus, the godwits. There are three subspecies, all with orange head, neck and chest in breeding plumage and dull grey-brown winter coloration, and distinctive black and white wingbar at all times.

Its breeding range stretches from Iceland through Europe and areas of central Asia. Black-tailed Godwits spend winter in areas as diverse as Australia, western Europe and west Africa. The species breeds in fens, lake edges, damp meadows, moorlands and bogs and uses estuaries, swamps and floods in winter; it is more likely to be found inland and on freshwater than the similar Bar-tailed Godwit. The world population is estimated to be 634,000 to 805,000 birds and is classified as Near Threatened.

The Black-tailed Godwit is a large wader with long bill (7.5 to 12 cm long), neck and legs. During the breeding season, the bill has a yellowish or orange-pink base and dark tip; the base is pink in winter. The legs are dark grey, brown or black. The sexes are similar, but in breeding plumage, they can be separated by the male's brighter, more extensive orange breast, neck and head. In winter, adult Black-tailed Godwits have a uniform brown-grey breast and upperparts (in contrast to the Bar-tailed Godwit's streaked back). Juveniles have a pale orange wash to the neck and breast.

In flight, its bold black and white wingbar and white rump can be seen readily. When on the ground it can be difficult to separate from the similar Bar-tailed Godwit, but the Black-tailed Godwit's longer, straighter bill and longer legs are diagnostic. Black-tailed Godwits are similar in body size and shape to Bar-tailed, but stand taller.

It measures 42 cm from bill to tail with a wingspan of of 70-82 cm. Males weigh around 280 g and females 340 g. The female is around 5 % larger than the male, with a bill 12-15% longer. The most common call is a strident weeka weeka weeka. A study of Black-tailed Godwits in the Netherlands found a mortality rate of 37.6 % in the first year of life, 32 % in the second year, and 36.9 % thereafter.

More info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-tailed_Godwit

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Hello Thijs
Black-tailed Godwit is one of my favourite wader birds. they are very beutiful with long bill and colored plumage. You captured nicely two of them. focus, POV, composition and colors very nice. You show them from two different aspect. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2009-03-08 8:41]

Hallo Thijs,
Schitterende plaat van deze grutto's.
Heel mooi om ze samen in de vlucht te zien. En dan die strakblauwe lucht.


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2009-03-08 9:02]

Hola Thijs: Una excelente toma de esta especie que no conocía.El grado de dificulta es alto ya que me parece que son aves de vuelo muy rápido, excelente composición,color y enfoque...y muy buena información...saludos.

Hello Thijs,
this is good in-flight shot, both birds are in good focus,
You managed well with the exposure, the birds are well seen against the blue sky. I like the compo too.
Well done.

nice composition, a back frame would have been better, TFS Ori

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-08 12:51]

Hi Thijs.
Nice presentation of the impressive shot of this cute pair. You have frozen them perfectly. Sharpness, details colourations of the birds are very good and composition of the image is excellent. My kind wishes and compliments.

Hallo Thijs,

Toen ik de thumbnail zag dacht ik, Hmmmmm. Eerst maar eens even kijken hoe de grote foto eruit ziet. Ik vond n.l. de grote blauwe rand erom heen niet zo schokkend. Maar............zo zie je maar niet te vlug oordelen. Hoe meer ik de grote foto van deze voorjaarsbrengers des te meer ga ik het 3D frame waarderen. Prachtig. Haarscherp zodat het net lijkt of die twee naar elkaar kijken. Of verbeeld ik het me maar???

Een heel fijne compositie, waarbij de twee Grutto's zeer goed uit de verf komen.

Groeten en TFS BOB

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