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On its Way North

On its Way North
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/3000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-20 2:28
Viewed: 3105
Points: 50
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Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus).
Swedish name: Smċspov

This Whimbrel was taken from the car just north of the southern tip of the island of Öland. During the spring and autumn this part of Öland is famous for its birds and is visited by birdwatchers from all over Sweden and other parts of Europe.

The Whimbrel is a summer visitor to Northernmost Europe having spent the winter along the coasts of Africa. In Scandinavia it arrives in June to nest in the mountains and tundra. A few overwinter in the Canary Islands and I have posted an image of it taken in Lanzarote.

We drove slowly, stopping frequently to photograph birds from the car. Ulla noticed a couple of Curlews and we saw that one of them was smaller and had a shorter bill, which indicates a Whimbrel and on examining our shots later we could confirm that this was the first time we photographed this species in Sweden. The dark stripe above the eye and light ‘parting’ along the top of the head is another distinguishing feature. It is nowhere near as common as the Eurasian Curlew.

There are eight species of Curlew (Numenius) in the world, all having long down-curved bills. Two of these species are close to extinction.

This was taken at a distance of about 15 meters (50 ft.). After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was sharpened. Though I was pleased with the sharpness achieved, it might have been even better at a smaller aperture and lower shutterspeed but at the time one had to be ready for fast moving birds and sometimes one is wise after the event.

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Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of this beautiful Whimbrel bird. Very good sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-20 2:50]

Hello Ivan,
What a great photo of this Whimbrel. Fantatsic low POV, natural clear colours and sharp details. Very good DOF and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-06-20 2:50]

Hello Ivan,
Amazing Whimbrel and gerat photo with excellent POV, DEF and natural environment. Well done. Best regards Siggi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-20 3:25]

Hi Ivan,
such a lovely one. well seen in the similar background. The sharpness is superbs and excellently presented.
In real life, the camouflaged is brilliant if we were just looking at it without giving any special attention.
Such a precious shot and informative notes.


Hello Ivan,

Beautiful shot of this Whimbrel, I was about to say we have a simliar bird called a Curlew down at the Port of Brisbane, now I see in your notes there all of the same family.

Excellent detail in the plumage and amazing patterns, nice sparkle in the eye, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

A very sharp and neat image obtained with your interesting camera settings, Ivan.
I'm scared to jack up aperture beyond 1/1000.
Whimbrel is a handsome looking bird and I see a wealth of details on its lovely plumage.
Thanks for sharing this outstanding capture and warm regards.

Hello Ivan,
fantastic picture of the Whimbrel, excellent POV and DOF, very good sharpness and splendid colours, lovely posture of this beautiful bird
Best regards.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-06-20 6:29]

To take pictures of an endangered species of birds is quite exclusive, thank you. Your picture is perfect for identification as we can see all the details of the plumage, the long curved bill and the grey legs. Isn't witnessing migration of birds amazing and overwhelming? It touches my heart everytime the migratory birds stop by. Many thanks,


Hi Dostum Ivan, a superb shot of this Whimbrel ffom a lowPOV with excellent neat details and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice WE!


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-20 9:53]

Hello Ivan
I saw this bird for few times, this year I take a photo but not so good like yours. You take this photo with great details and natural colors.Well done.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-20 12:41]

Hi Ivan. I see so many new bird on this site . This one is new to me so thanks for posting. You have taken a good low POV so we can see the side view of the bird. Which you have taken with fine detail and sharp focusing. A good DOF. It has an interesting bill which looks likee its been snap of at the end.
Well done TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-06-20 13:23]

Hola Ivan,
excelente captura,
encuadre y plumaje perfecto.
tiempo de migración en el norte :))
saludos amigo.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-20 16:10]

A very great work from 15 meters! What a wonderful sharpness,you work very well whit your camera! Very curious and interesting specie,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-06-20 16:43]

Hi Ivan,

Congratulations on your first shot of this Whimbrel! And I must thank you for converting meters into feet. I always have to go on the web for the conversion. A great picture and hard to believe it was taken from the car. Beautiful colors, fine details of the face, eye, slightly opened beak and the plumage. I love the blowing white feathers at the top of the legs. Hope you have a great weekend.


Hello Ivan,
Great shot of Smċspov with an excellent details, POV & luminosity. It stands out well in the faded BG. Excellent tight framing & notes. TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-20 23:19]

Hi Ivan.
Brilliant lens work as well as yours (last it absolutely clear). Superb reproduction of motley grass carpet, nice transition from sharpness to light blurriness. Image of the cute bird is blameless. I also like its attractive (working) pose. Bravo. Well done. Have a good Sunday.

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-06-21 1:00]

Hi Ivan,

This is my "totem"!

Very sharp capture!
Excellent détails and light!

It's really a snapshot!!
Thanks for give me my prefered bird!

Have a good day


hello Ivan
extraordinary scene for me,a bird that passes only at the immigration,
a great capture,with very good details,elect his beauty,wonderful photo
TFS thanks for sharing

Hi Ivan

Good close shot, good POV and sharpness.


Having been the only town when I lived in my wilderness I am also stopped immediately by the sight of a Curlew...although nobody in the town of Curlew Washington has actually seen one...just rumours...We have no idea of how our wilderness villages got their names...like Malo...ah well..

A fine image...I do think it is perchance a stroke of good luck for you to come upon these. but being a man with a big heart loving nature as you do....I would not wish your luck on anyone else...You keep your luck and continue to use it as well as your gear until that day....

Hi Ivan,

I'd say that photo turned out quite nicely. Nicely composed, good detail and decent sharpness. Quite good, especially given the conditions.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-06-21 7:59]

Very fine pose of the bird and amazing fore/background, the f-stop used is good and sufficient here as the bird is very clear from this background. tfs.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-06-21 8:58]

Merhaba Dostum Ivan!
Bu güzel kuşun benzer bir pozunu ben de geçen ay Gaziantep'te çekmiştim. Neredeyse birbirinin aynı olan bir bitki örtüsü üzerinde buradaki gibi beslenirken. Oldıkça yaklaşabilmiş ve detaylı bir kare çekmişsiniz dostum. Göz teması ve netlik harika. Ellerinize sağlık.


Hello Ivan
a fine capture of this Whimbrel walking in the grass
very beautiful composed shot taken with perfect detailsand lovely colors
great posture of the bird and great luminosity
Have a good night

hello Ivan

not knowing these species of birds first i thought this was a Curlew,
excellent photo of the Whimbrel with fine POV, DOF and framing,
excellent sharpness and details of its plumage, TFS


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