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Pied Avocet


Pied Avocet
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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: 2007-05-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist DL, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Digital ISO 200, 86mm Kood UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/750 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-21 20:33
Viewed: 2917
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Recurvirostridae
Genus: Recurvirostra
Species: R. avosetta
Binomial name: Recurvirostra avosetta(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) is a large wader in the avocet and stilt family, Recurvirostridae.

Adults have white plumage except for a black cap and black patches in the wings and on the back. They have long, upturned bills and long, bluish legs. Juvenile birds are brown where the adult is black, and the juvenile's white plumage is often blotched with greyer patches.

Their breeding habitat is in shallow lakes with brackish water and bare mud exposed. They nest on open ground, often in small groups, sometimes with other waders. 3-5 eggs are laid in a lined scrape or on a mound of vegetation.

They breed in temperate Europe and western and Central Asia. This species is migratory and most winter in Africa or southern Asia. Some remain to winter in the mildest parts of their range, for example in southern Spain and southern England.

These birds forage in shallow brackish water or on mud flats, often sweeping their bills from side to side in water. They mainly eat crustaceans and insects.

The call of the Avocet is a loud klute-klute-klute.
sounds like this

This species gets its English and scientific names from its black cap, as once worn by European advocates or lawyers.

This species became extinct in Great Britain in the mid-19th century. Its successful recolonisation in the 1940s led to its adoption as the logo of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

The Pied Avocet is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

De kluut (Recurvirostra avosetta) is een vogel uit de familie van kluten (Recurvirostridae).

kenmerken :
43 cm. Overwegend witte verenkleed met scherpe zwarte tekening, de opvallende omhooggebogen snavel en de lange blauwe poten maken de Kluut onmiskenbaar. Juvenielen hebben bruinige tekening op bovenzijde. In vlucht steken poten voorbij de staart uit. Fourageert lopend in modder en ondiep water met heen en weer zwaaiende bewegingen van de kop. Kan goed zwemmen. Broedt in kolonies, meestal op zanderige vlaktes, moerassige weilanden, opspuitterreinen, etc., meestal nabij water (ook brak en zout).

Verspreiding :
In Nederland is de kluut tijdens het broedseizoen aanwezig voornamelijk langs de watergebieden zoals bijvoorbeeld het Lauwersmeer. Het dier overwintert langs de kust van de Middellandse Zee en de Atlantisch kust van Frankrijk en Portugal.

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-05-21 22:47]

a little dark but a nice in flight shot good focus nice pose by the bird

I have seen many images of this bird before,but never in flight.
It must be the only bird in the world with a beak that curls upwards rather than downward.
This is a wonderful capture Thijs,and looks great in the frame.
Steve

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-05-22 1:59]

Hi Thijs,
Hele mooie in vlucht foto van deze vogel. Jammer dat de lucht niet mooi blauw was. Goede timing en goed gezien.
Mooi frame en goede note.
gr. Paula

  • Great 
  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-05-22 16:47]

Ha thijs,

een mooie opname van deze kluut,denk dat dit een vrij lastige was om vast te leggen,je bent er in ieder geval redelijk goed in geslaagd,bedankt,

groetjes,
Paul

Hello Thijs,
This is almost a B&W picture :) I like this pose you captured, this beautiful composition and nice framing. This day seemed to have been a little grey but you managed well with exposure. Thanks,
Claudine

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-06-01 17:56]

Hoi Thijs, leuke post! geluid is erg welkom, heb ze nog nauwelijks gezien deze kluut dus ga is wat beter op letten.
Dank Reina

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-06-04 11:22]

Bonjour Thijs, great timing in this flight et malgré un ciel gris, l'harmonie des teintes est bonne. Congratulations, Didier.

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