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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-16 1:21
Viewed: 2028
Points: 48
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The Common Redshank or simply Redshank (Tringa totanus) is an Eurasian wader in the large family Scolopacidae.
Winter plumage, at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (Singapore)[edit] Description and systematics
Bird in flight (Laguna di Venezia, Italy)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.
It is a widespread breeding bird across temperate Eurasia. It is a migratory species, wintering on coasts around the Mediterranean, on the Atlantic coast of Europe from Great Britain southwards, and in South Asia. They are uncommon vagrants outside these areas; on Palau in Micronesia for example, the species was recorded in the mid-1970s and in 2000.
Two Redshanks on a stone pillarThey are wary and noisy birds which will alert everything else with their loud piping call. Like most waders, they feed on small invertebrates. Redshanks will nest in any wetland, from damp meadows to saltmarsh, often at high densities. They lay 3-5 eggs.
The Common Redshank is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
It is widely distributed and quite plentiful in some regions, and thus not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.(Wikipedia)

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Hi Siggi,
Great capture of this Redshank, nice colors and great sharpness details,
good contrast with the background,
Thanks for sharing and have a great week,
Best Regards,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-05-16 2:39]

Hello Siggi,
A very good picture of this beauty in nice pose,great colors and details.perfect view...
TFS and regards,

Hi Siggi,

Well what a superb image of this Common Redshsnk my friend, amazing sharpness with a lovely highlighted eye, fabulous exposure and white balance control, great POV and a good pose,
Congratulations Sggi and have a lovely Day,
Best Regards,


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-05-16 3:15]

Hi Siggi,
Beautiful bird, splendid photo, TFS!

Beautiful bird with excellent composition, natural colours and good sharpness.

Hi Siggi,
I like the pose of this shot. Good clarity and colours against a nice bg.
TFS regards Bill

Ciao Siegfried. Great sharpended shopt here. Very good contrast against the soft blue BG.


Witaj Siggi,
Czerwien dzioba i lap ladnie go wyrozniaja od podobnych bekasowatych. U nas na lakach widzialam kulika wielkiego.

Excellent composition from a good point of view. regards yiannis

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-05-16 4:50]

Hello Siegfried
What a good shot of that «Chevalier gambette» " The exposure is perfect with razor-sahrp details, good natural colors, a lovely eye contact an caracteristic perch and the natural red color of the legs. That's a photo you can be proud of.

Wonderful capture with excellent details and very good focus!!!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-05-16 6:03]

Hello Siggi,
An excellent close-up of a Redshank in a fine pose.
Great sharpness and beautifull natural colours. Well framed too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-05-16 7:19]

Beautiful portrait and fine details/colors. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-16 7:47]

Hi Siggi,very very nice composition,you go very close to the bird this time and i like the perfect details and sharpness.Maybe you could pump-up a little the saturation.Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano.

hello Siegfried
greatpose with good details and lovely naturel colours
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-16 8:25]

Hello Siggi,
In my opinion, one of your best shots. Fantastic close photo of this Redshank in an ideal pose. Excellent sharpness, details and natural colours. Taken from a very good POV in a nice composition.

Czesc Siggi.
Znowu jakis czas nie bylo ciebie. Czyzby wakacje?
Bardzo ladne ujecie, super ostrosc i kolory.
Udanego tygodnia.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-05-16 9:50]

Hi Siggi,

Great pov and excellent sharpness and colours. The pose on the fence is typical for this bird.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-05-16 9:54]

Witaj Siggi,
Tym razem fotka z zagranicy. Ptak bardzo grzecznie pozuje. Na neutralnym BG dobrze widoczne sa upierzenie i cechy tego gatunku.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

Hello Siggi
Impressive photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-05-17 2:53]

Hello Siegfried,
excellent composition of this shank. Superb sharpness and excellent view of the pattern.
how lovely to see it simple pose the add excitement to your composition.
well seen in lively presentation.


Hello Siggi,
Perfect colours, details, sharpness and POV for this image. Well done!

Siggi , il est très beau cet oiseau, et ton gros plan est bien rendu
Merci amitiés

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-05-17 17:08]

Hello Siggi,
This little shorebird could not have posed any better for you. A perfectly presented image showing us the beautiful features and camouflaged plumage of this attractive bird. It's colorful legs and bill really stand out against it's overall appearance. Great work!!

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