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Redshank - Ripples and Reflections

Redshank - Ripples and Reflections
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Copyright: Nigel Deacon (Merlin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4 ED+Nikon TC14EII
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals feeding, part two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-02-07 10:26
Viewed: 2737
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Redshank Tringa totanus is a fairly small wader that breeds in wet grassland, marshes and moorland. In winter the population moves to the coast, and northern populations move south and west to avoid freezing winter conditions.

In breeding plumage (seen here), the bird is a warm brown, with a pale underside speckled and streaked with brown. Its common name suggests that it has red "shanks" (legs) but, in fact, they are orange - as is much of the bill. In flight, the redshank shows two bold white wing-bars. A wary bird, particularly when wintering on coastal marshes, the redshank was christened "sentinel of the marsh" by wildfowl shooters, as it would take flight with a ringing alarm call as soon as it detected danger, warning all the other birds on the marsh as it did so.

This photograph was taken from a hide at the excellent Rye Bay Nature Reserve on the south coast of England. The habitats here are entirely man-made and intensively managed for wildlife. The Rye Bay project has been a spectacular success, with large numbers of gulls, terns and wading birds moving in and thriving, despite large numbers of human visitors (separated from the nesting areas by fences) even while the landscaping of the site was still in progress.

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hello Nigel
this is a super sharpness composition with nice light and beautiful colours
great shot
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-07 10:35]

Hello Nigel,
Excellent detailed photo of this Redshank taken from a perfect POV. The environment is very beautiful with a gorgeous reflection on the water. Splendid natural colours and a very good composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-02-07 11:34]

Hello Nigel,
Nice to see a post from you.
A very fine capture of this Redshank in breeding plumage.
The technical quality is excellent and composition just right to include its reflection in the water. Lighting and colours are great to.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Nigel,
A lovely photo with beautifull colours and reflection of the bird.
Good timing.
I like it!
Kind regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-07 14:30]

Hi Nigel,a spectacular capture of htis redshank,perfect choice of point of view to take it in the best light and for the best reflections too,warm colors and professional details.Very well done!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Nigel
Very attractive Redshank, must have some dates lined up. Great capture with the reflection from a good POV. Great detail from that distance. Wonderful light and colour. Super photo.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2013-02-07 17:28]

Hello Nigel,
Long time no see! It's nice to see that old friends are still here. : )
A beautiful shot of this redshank... sharp details showing the intricate patterns on the plumage, the bright beak open, the ripples in the clear water, the clear reflection.
The light and framing are both lovely.
Hope you have been well. Happy New Year to you and yours.

Hello Nigel

The beautiful light make those orange legs attract immediate attention even in the thumbnail. Good clarity, nice pose and composition with the Redshank sandwiched nicely between the rocks and ripples.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-02-08 5:54]

Beautifully captured image of this Shank..good reflection included. tfs.

Wow Nigel, now this is what I call a super image. Not just because of your main subject, the beautiful Redshank, but also because of the remarkable colours and wonderful light in the scenery as well as all the extras included in the scene. I like this one very much. The presentation is so pleasant, clear and portrayed so beautifully. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-02-09 4:18]

Hello Nigel,
A very fine natural picture. How beautiful the reflections on the water. A vivid and interesting bird-shot!
Have a nice weekend!

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2013-02-10 19:19]

Hola Nigel, que belleza de foto, me gusta mucho el entorno natural y sobre todo el reflejo en el agua, una maravilla; muy bueno el manejo de la luz, color, composición y nitidez...saludos.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-02-11 10:19]

Hi Nigel,
Pretty shot ..
Beautiful photo of this bird, with fine POV and framing, excellent focus sharpness details
Best wishes,

Dear Nigel,
You truly have a knack for the unusual!

The delicate action of drinking is captured by you in a technically perfect and artistically satisfying manner, and I add your work to my theme "animals feeding, part two"

Thanks for sharing.
Warm greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa

Hi Nigel,
great shot of this wader looking at his reflection.
Kind regards,

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