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Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover
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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon 100-400 L + 1.4x Extender, RAW ISO 800, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-14 10:14
Viewed: 4827
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ringed Plover at RSPB Elmley Marshes nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)

In: Common Ringed Plover Ca: Corriol gros Da: Stor Prćstekrave De: Sandregenpfeifer Es: Chorlitejo grande Fi: tylli Fr: Grand Gravelot It: Corriere grosso Nl: Bontbekplevier No: Sandlo Pt: Borrelho-grande-de-coleira Sv: Större strandpipare US: Common Ringed Plover Ru: Галстучник

Ringed Plovers can be told from Little Ringed Plovers by their larger size, pot-bellied appearance, bolder mannerisms and the lack of a yellow eye ring. Additionally, the adults have a thick black and yellow bill and brighter orange legs. Juveniles have a less uniform head pattern than a young Little Ringed Plover, including a broad pale mark behind the eye and a more obvious pale forehead. Ringed Plovers show an obvious pale wing bar in flight, unlike Little Ringed Plovers.

Breeds on shingle or sand by the coast and occasionally on inland sites such as gravel pits. In Lapland it often nests on gravel roadsides. Winters on estuary mudflats and muddy beaches.

Performs an impressive 'distraction display' in which one of the adults pretends to be injured and seems to be staggering along with a damaged wing. This distracts the attention of a predator which is then led away from the nest or the chicks. Then when the predator tries to pounce, the adult flies away to safety.

Birds from north-east Canada migrate across the Atlantic to winter in west Africa, passing through Iceland, Greenland and western Europe between August-September, before returning to their breeding grounds in May. Those which breed in northern Europe also winter mainly in Africa, leaving between August-September and returning April-May. British birds are mostly sedentary. Birds from central Europe migrate south and west in Autumn to join the sedentary birds in countries such as Britain.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-14 10:23]

Hi Pekka. you bring us so many different birds from around GB. This is a good clase up of the Ringed Plover. Your picture showing why its so called. good detail and natural colours. well done TFS. Interesting notes too.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-14 10:39]

Hi Pekka,

A beautiful shot of the Ringed Plover showing us his rings! I never realized how pretty his colors are. Fine details of his face and plummage. I love two-tone beak. Nice natural setting and composition.


Hi Pekka,
this bird is cute, I like the orange legs and the beak and you captured it in good sharpness, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-14 11:42]

Hello Pekka,
Beautiful photo of this Ringed Plover. Good sharpness and natural colours. Nice composition, POV and environment.

Excellent capture of this plover, Pekka. Great pose and composition, sharp details, blurred natural BG.

hello Pekka

beautiful close-up shot of the Ringed Plover,
with fine POV and framing, excellent sharpness and details,
i love the warm luminosity, TFS


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-14 23:44]

Hi Pekka

A nice close-up of this plover from a great low pov.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-15 2:15]

Hello Pekka, The bird seem to be in a very innovative thinking mood. Nice sharing. Ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-17 14:25]

Hi Pekka,
a great shot of this Ringed Plover.
Good sharpness and detail.
Brilliant soft lighting.
Great composition.

Well done,

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