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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-06 5:52
Viewed: 2369
Points: 36
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Pied Avocet, Recurvirostra avosetta, is a large black and white wader in the avocet and stilt family, Recurvirostridae. They breed in temperate Europe and western and Central Asia. It is a migratory species 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.
This species gets its English and scientific names from its black cap, as once worn by European advocates or lawyers.
The Pied Avocet is a striking white wader with bold black markings. 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. It is approximately 16.5-17.75 inches (42–45 cm) in length of which the bill is approximately 2.95-3.35 inches (7.5–8.5 cm) and the legs are approximately 3-4 inches (8–10.5 cm). Its wing-span is approximately 30-31.5 inches (77–80 cm). Males and females look alike. The juvenile resembles the adult but with more greyish and sepia tones.
The call of the Avocet is a far-carrying, liquid, melodious kluit kluit.
These birds forage in shallow brackish water or on mud flats, often scything their bills from side to side in water (a feeding technique that is unique to the avocets). They mainly eat crustaceans and insects.
Their breeding habitat is shallow lakes with brackish water and exposed bare mud. 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.

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Super image, lovely to look at. regards yiannis

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-06 6:02]

Hello Razvan,
Excellent photo of this Pied Avocet in very beautiful colours and good sharpness. Splendid reflection on the water. Great composition.


Your composition is excellent in your portrayal of a mirror with this subject. Very sharp and detailed image. I like the lighting, colous and POV in the image.
Well done.

Brilliant shot of this Pied Avocet, Razvan! Great simplicity and fine clarity !
George Veltchev

Ciao Razvan. Great refined symetric compo MF. Magnificent light.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-06 7:29]

Excellent image of this Avocet with its reflection, beautifully captured. tfs.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-06 7:31]

Hello Razvan,
such a stunning composition. Excellent sharpness and a very artistic presentation. The softness of the blue water really makes this view so splendid, and the reflection is superb.
Well done.


great pose, TFS Ori

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-07-06 11:12]

Buna razvan,
Oglindire exceptionala, culori si detalii fine, felicitari!

Salut Razvan,
Superba captura si pasarea. Ai noroc din plin anul acesta la aceste subiecte deosebite.
Cum spuneam, in zona mea, au secat baltile apropiate de oras si nu am mai zarit aceste pasari de balta migratoare. Felicitari si numai bine!

Beautiful photo Razvan! The composition is excellent and the lighting is fantastic.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-06 12:40]

Hello Razvan.
Very good picture.Composition and the reflections are beautiful. Very good work!
Best regards Siggi

Hi Razvan,
Minimalism and reflection, both in one picture! ... Excellent, lots of art here!

Impresionante simetría con un ecuadre muy efectivo.
Un gran trabajo Razvna: J. Ignasi.

Buna Razvan,
Foarte frumoasa aceasta captura cu o specie pe care n-am vazut-o pe viu pana acum. Detaliile, culorile, compozitia si reflexia in apa sunt minunate. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

Hi Razvan,

Great shot too,
Best regards,


Hello Razvan!

Excellent shot of this interesting and rare species. Reflections of the bird in the water looks very attractive to me.

Great shot!


Hi Razvan,
A beautiful Avocet with a wonderful reflection. Well done and have a nice weekend.

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