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Knot


Knot
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Copyright: Mark Mowbray (Gameangler) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 45] (702)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-08 0:55
Viewed: 3235
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Latin name.
Calidris canuta

Family
Sandpipers and allies (Scolopacidae)

Overview
The knot is a dumpy, short-legged, stocky wading bird. In winter, It is grey above and white below; in summer the chest, belly and face are brick-red. In flight, it shows a pale rump and a faint wing-stripe. It forms huge flocks in winter which wheel and turn in flight, flashing their pale underwings as they twist and turn. Many knots use UK estuaries as feeding grounds, both on migration and in winter, and therefore the population is vulnerable to any changes such as barrages, sea-level rises and human disturbance. Large numbers of birds visit the UK in winter from their Arctic breeding grounds.

Where to see them
Large muddy estuaries around the coast. Greatest numbers are found on The Wash, Morecambe Bay, Thames, Humber and Dee estuaries, the Solway Firth and Strangford Lough.

When to see them
Around UK coasts between August and May. Largest numbers can be seen at high tide roosts between December and March.

What they eat
Shellfish and worms

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Hi Mark,

Good rendition of the Sandpiper in its natural habitat, you have caught a piece of action in the water between the beak, i like the highlight in the eye, nice and sharp with good composition, TFS.
Regards,

Pauly.

PS Nice note info,

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