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Tringa totanus

Tringa totanus
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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: 2010-06-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K20D, Pentax fa*4,5 300mm if ed, Digital ISO 400, 67mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-07 4:27
Viewed: 2824
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Subclass: Neornithes
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Genus: Tringa
Species: T. totanus
Binomial name: Tringa totanus

Common Redshanks in breeding plumage are a marbled brown color, slightly lighter below. In winter plumage they become somewhat lighter-toned and less patterned, being rather plain greyish-brown above and whitish below. They have red legs and a black-tipped red bill, and show white up the back and on the wings in flight.

The Spotted Redshank (T. erythropus), which breeds in the Arctic, has a longer bill and legs; it is almost entirely black in breeding plumage and very pale in winter. It is not a particularly close relative of the Common Redshank, but rather belongs to a high-latitude lineage of largish shanks. T. totanus on the other hand is closely related to the Marsh Sandpiper (T. stagnatilis), and closer still to the small Wood Sandpiper (T. glareola). The ancestors of the latter and the Common Redshank seem to have diverged around the Miocene-Pliocene boundary, about 5-6 million years ago. These three subarctic- to temperate-region species form a group of smallish shanks with have red or yellowish legs, and in breeding plumage are generally a subdued light brown above with some darker mottling, and have somewhat diffuse small brownish spots on the breast and neck

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-07 5:26]

Hello Thijs,
A supperb capture of a pair of Redshanks in breeding plumage. The POV and composition with the natural blurred Bg contribute to an attractive image and their features are shown with fine colours and sharpness.
You must have been quite close to them to be able to take such a nice shot. Was this taken from a hide?
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-06-07 5:49]

Hello Thijs
Wonderful composition, colors and details
Thanks for sharing

hallo Thijs
super zo met zijn tweeŽn
mooi licht scherpte en details
super shot Thijs
groetjes lou

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-07 7:18]

Slendid composition, TFS!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-07 7:26]

Hi Thijs
Waw....what a perfcet capture! I like the perfect details and colors.
BG is amazing!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-07 8:51]

Hallo Thijs,
Mooie foto van deze Tureluurs. Ze staan hier niet voor het eerst zo te zien. Prima scherpte, mooie natuurlijke kleuren en een prachtig contrasterende achtergrond. Erg goede compositie.

Ciao Thijs, lovely couple of beautiful birds, wonderful blurry BG, good natural colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-06-07 11:16]

Hallo Peter.

Een prachtige foto van deze vogels.

Gr. Hans

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-06-07 11:38]

Hello Thijs,
A very beautiful and well-timed capture of these colourful waders! Wonderful light, great focus and sharp details of both. An attractive soft background too that makes them really stand out.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hello Thijs,
Fantastic composition with nice warm colours and fine details. Well done! Cheers,

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