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Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper
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Copyright: Mircea Radu Achim (achimmircea) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 562 W: 0 N: 1603] (6246)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, HOYA 77.0 mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-06 10:35
Viewed: 2535
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Wood Sandpiper, Tringa glareola, is a small wader. This Eurasian species is the smallest of the shanks, which are mid-sized long-legged waders of the family Scolopacidae.
It resembles a longer-legged and more delicate Green (T. ochropus) or Solitary Sandpiper (T. solitaria) with a short fine bill, brown back and longer yellowish legs. It differs from the first of those species in a smaller and less contrasting white rump patch, while the Solitary Sandpiper nas no white rump patch at all.
However, it is not very closely related to these two species. Rather, its closest relative is the Common Redshank (T. totanus), and these two share a sister relationship with the Marsh Sandpiper (T. stagnatilis). These three species are a group of smallish shanks with red or yellowish legs, a breeding plumage that is generally subdued light brown above with some darker mottling and with a pattern of somewhat diffuse small brownish spots on the breast and neck.
The Wood Sandpiper breeds in subarctic wetlands from the Scottish Highlands across Europe and Asia. They migrate to Africa and southern Asia, particularly India. Vargant birds have been seen as far into the Pacific as the Hawaiian Islands. In Micronesia it is a regular visitor to the Marianas Islands (where flocks of up to 32 birds are reported) and Palau; it is recorded on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands about once per decade. This species is encountered in the western Pacific region between mid-October and mid-May.
This bird is usually found on freshwater during migration and wintering. They forage by probing in shallow water or on wet mud, and mainly eat insects and similar small prey. T. glareola nests on the ground or uses an abandoned old tree nest of another bird, such as the Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris).
The Wood Sandpiper is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
Widespread, it is considered a Species of Least Concern by the IUCN.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-06 10:45]

Hello Mircea,
Excellent photo of this Wood Sandpiper with its yellow legs. Great sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Very good POV and composition.

Hi Mircea,
very good point of view and sharpness so interesting portrait. Nice natural colours. Interesting note.
Have a nice week,

Hi Mircea,

Well what a lovely image of the Wood Sandpiper, well exposed under harsh lighting conditions, nice and sharp, good strong composition, superb job and well done,
Best Regards Mirea and have a lovely evening,


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-06-06 11:37]

foarte faine imagini in ultima vreme, se vede ca da rezultate staul la panda.
numai bine

Hallo Mircea,
a very beautiful capture of the Wood Sandpiper taken from an excellent point of view with good details and splendid natural colours, nice composition with a classic posture of this species.
Best regards

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-06-06 11:50]

Hi Mircea,

This is how I like to see a sandpiper. Wonderful composition, sharp details and natural colors. Bravo.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-06-06 11:59]

Hello Mircea.
Beautiful Wood Sandpiper with lovely plumage who really disappear against the BG, the´bird has a very good camouflage.Well composed, good low POV and fine sharp details.

Buna Mircea,
Excelenta captura de la o distanta suficienta pentru detalii perfecte si culori naturale.
Lumina si pozitia pasarii care cauta hrana sunt foarte reusite.
Culoarerea ciocului este extraordinar de bine redata.

Hello Mircea,
Excellent captured of this Wood Sandpiper, sharpness and details are very good, lovely natural surrounding and colours, nicely done,
Thanks for sharing and have a good night,
Best Regards,

great ambient capture and nice picture, good details and nice colors too,

congartulations Mircea!

buna seara,

ciao, tino

Ciao Mircea. Good contrats here and very good colours in difficult light's condition. Very well done.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-06-07 0:28]

Buna Mircea,
Splendida fotografie a fluierarului de mlastina, felicitari!

Ciao Mircea, lovely bird in a beautiful natural ambientation, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-07 5:10]

Hi Mircea,this is a very nice pic,i like a lot the scenary,perfect to imagine a camouflage of the sandpiper..ehehe..very impressive details,focus,sharpness and natural colors,excellent work in a difficult light.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Excellent photo, good details and nice background. regards yiannis

Hello Mircea
Beautiful photo with good composition and wonderful colours.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-07 8:00]

Hello Mircea,
A fine capture of a Wood Sandpiper seeking food in the shallow water.
Though the BG is busy it is well seen with fine sharpness and natural colours from a good POV in this pleasing composition.
Thanks and best regards,

Hola Mircea

Excelente composición con este fondo anegado, buena profundidad de campo y buena nitidez. Un buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-06-07 9:56]

That Wood Sandpiper looks very concentrated on his hunting activity. A very good photo with neat details and natural colors in a natural environment.A good composition
Regards from Québec

Bonjour Mircea,
Agréable valorisation du sujet sous un bon angle de prise de vue.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-06-16 3:38]

Hello Mircea,
such a simple shot that defines its beauty and details. So lively and so well seen.
I think this guy run very fast on water.


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