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A Noisy Wader

A Noisy Wader
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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/7.1, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-25 21:34
Viewed: 3104
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus).
Swedish name: Strandskata, meaning ‘shore magpie’

This Oystercatcher 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.

Oystercatchers belong to a wader family, Haematopodidae, which means red-legged, though only this species has bright red legs, while the other species have pink or greyish legs,
The number of species is uncertain throughout the world, depending on whether they are classified as species or sub-species but it seems to be between 10 and 12. They are either pied, like this one, or totally black and they all have long straight red bills.

They are noisy; making loud ‘pip-peep’ calls when they feel threatened or often in flight. Like all waders they are ground-nesting, often far from water in fields and meadows, though the eggs are coloured to resemble beach sand, where they also nest.

They feed on worms and insects and some develop the skills of opening hard shells like oysters.

They arrive in Sweden in March and leave in September to overwinter along the coasts of W. Europe, the Mediterranean and N. Africa

This was taken at a distance of about 10 meters (33 ft.). After slight cropping and size reduction the image was sharpened.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-06-25 23:01]

Hello Ivan,
Excellent capture, fantastic sharpness and good depth of field, lovely colors and clarity, very good details and nice catchlight.
Best regards Siggi

The Oystercatcher looks angry at something, Ivan.
Look at that wide open beak, as if rebuking someone :).
The picture is well taken from a sizable distance with your 300mm fitted with a Converter.
Well done and thanks.

Hi Argus
Nice capture.
Great details and good clarity.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-06-25 23:33]

Hola Ivan,
hermosa escena, y atractivos colores...
simpático Oystercatcher,
finos detalles y nitidez.
saludos amigo.

Hallo Ivan
It gives me great pleasure to look at this image. The combination of colours of the plumage is a great match, and both the black and white display well. I love the "spring is in the air" backdrop filled with lovely flowers in bloom. The detail and colour of the eye is marvellous. The details of this photo are of high quality, perfectly framed and pleasing to the eye. Kind regards

hello Ivan
a beautiful bird that is absent from my personal collection, very fine moment in a natural scene, with beautiful luminous colours and very good clarity and detail

Hello Ivan,

A very apt title for this image looks like its defending its territory with vigour. Superb sharp detail and excellent colours, framing and composition perfect, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

Merhaba İvan,gürültücü ve yaygaracı bir kuş sanırım.Kırmızı göz ve kırmızı gaga çok dikkat çekici,ellerine sağlık,dostlukla selamlar:)

Günaydın Dostum Ivan,
What a great moment tou captured of this beauty. i loved her long ands red beak with its lovely posture while singing:)
i am sure she is amplify her voice taking such lovely posture:)
Thanks a lot for sharing this noisy beauty.
Have a delightful WE!


Hi Ivan,

YOu have captured this nicely. I liked this bied and itls long probing beak. Nice sharp image. Very nice composition!


Hello Ivan,
you have captured a fantastic posture of the Eurasian Oystercatcher, superb sgharpness and splendid vivid colours, very well done.
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-26 2:37]

Hi Ivan,very curious,nice and a little humorous moment to take the pic.Top quality of sharpness and colors,so real that i can hear the voice of bird..eheheh....wonderful work,my best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of this beautiful Eurasian Oystercatcher. Very well composed shot with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Ivan

Superb capture.
Wonderful colours with fantastic detail.
Lighting and composition are splendid.
Good note.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-26 5:14]

Hi Ivan,
wow...this bird is really going out of its throat.
The red eye is captivating and the reddish beak stands out well from the greenish background. you have created a very narrow depth, which enhances the the clarity and promote the beauty excellenly.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-06-26 6:31]

Hi Ivan,
Bird's eye and beak very interesting colors ...
Depth of field is very good.A Noisy Wader of beautiful color and excellent detail.
Best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-06-26 7:14]

The behavior of the bird well captured here with lot of details. I would have preferred to see more of its habitat than this closeup. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-26 8:57]

Hello Ivan,
Yes, they are very noisy, regularly in my garden. But it are funny birds.
Beautiful photo in great sharpness, details and clear colours. Good POV, DOF and composition.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-06-26 9:40]

Hi Ivan !
Interesting bird.
Beautifully played with some great colors.
Have a quiet evening,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-26 9:45]

Hi Ivan. It looks as if the Oystercatcher has a lot to shout about. Good timing to catch it with its mouth wide open. Once again you have taken it with fine detail and bright natural colours. The red of the eye and bill show up well. I like your low POV at eye level with the bird. Well done TFS.

You and Ulla Have a nice weekend.

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-06-26 9:45]
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Hello Ivan,

"L'huitrier pie" in french.
On Wikipedia (french), they say there are 11 species…
Thank you for this beautiful shot, with great details and sharpness.
Thank you for the note too!


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-26 10:37]

Hello Ivan
Not easy to catch this bird. Excellent details and beautiful colors.

Hello Ivan,
Very sharp details, natural colours,excellent capture!

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-06-26 12:45]

Hi Ivan,
Well saturated colours, liked the composition and the pov, sharp image with good details,
tfs & regards

Witaj Ivan,
Beautiful aves. To be visible details very nicely. Shiny eye, beak giving voice. Clear feathers. This all gave very good effect. Nice painting for eye.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

hello Ivan

fist i want to congratulate you to have reahced and passed 31000 points,
excellent photo of the Eurasian Oystercatcher shot at the best time
with fine POV & DOF, fine focus excellent sharpness and details,



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-06-26 16:26]

Hi Ivan,

He must be making some noise with that big opened beak. I love the orange with the matching eye ring. Beautiful colors of his feathers as well. Supersharp details of his face, eye, and the black and white feathers.


Hello Ivan
a great shot of this Oystercatcher taken on a beautiful sun y day
very sharp details for a shot taken from 10 meters away
I like his angry pose and also the decor of grass and little daisies
Have a great WE

Hello Ivan,
Great moment to get this posture. Focus and exposure are perfect. Beautiful natural setting.

An excellent, detailed shot of a bird you're introducing me to, Ivan
I love the way you've put on display the eye, the plumage, et al.

I can almost hear it your image shouts so loud:-) Tres' neat Ivan....just your average day...I wonder how one can tell a noise from a yawn..or do birds yawn:-)???

Bonito documento y además para mí ya que nunca había visto este ave. Excelente control de la luz y bien captado el ojo.
Saludos Ivan.

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