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Numenius phaeopus

Numenius phaeopus
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-19
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Just perfect! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-09-04 3:12
Viewed: 3997
Points: 62
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Numenius phaeopus (Linnaeus, 1758). Whimbrel

Numenius phaeopus is a large wader (37-45 cm) in the family Scolopacidae. It is mainly greyish brown, with a white back and rump and a long curved bill. The only similar common species over most of its range is Numenius arquata (Curlew). The Whimbrel is smaller, has a shorter, decurved bill and has a central crown stripe and strong supercilia.

Numenius phaeopus is one of the most widespread of the curlews, breeding across much of subarctic North America, Europe and Asia as far south as Scotland. It is a migratory species wintering on coasts in Africa, South America, south Asia into Australasia and southern North America. During migration it is a coastal bird. It is fairly gregarious outside the breeding season.

In Cyprus it is a scarce and irregular passage migrant in April/May and August to October.

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what a beauty ! TFS Ori

Hello Christodoulos friend,
This is where I have to say "best impossible" ... This bird seems to fly off at any time! .. Greetings and congratulations!
Have a good week MF!

Ciao Christodoulos. Perfect MF! The best light/colours managment with excellent detaisl and sharp.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-04 4:02]

Hello Christodoulos,
Superb low pov to have this beautiful Curlew well captured in such fine details of it!
perfect sharpness with nice colouration.Best regards Siggi

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2011-09-04 4:14]

Hello Christodoulos,
the natural colours work here in a perfect way for both the bird and the similar background coloration.
A clear and sharp picture showing impressively the colour pattern of the bird.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Christodoulos,
A superb image of this bird, amazing clarity sharpness, very well exposure and beautiful colours, an excellent work! as always,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Hello Christdodoulos,
fine capture of this nice bird with good sharpness and natural colours. I especially like its walking pose and the lovely eye contact.
Best wishes,

Hi Chris, Well there is nothing to say and everything to say about this little beauty here my friend, awesome quality work here Chris and very well done,
Best regards,


Hello Christodoulos,

another very nice image taken by you with good pov and sharpness.
Fine browish soft colors,


Hello Christodoulos,
Outstanding detyail and definition and lovely pastel colours. Well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-04 5:51]

Hello Christodoulos,
The best and most beautiful photo of a Whimbrel I've ever seen. Nothing more to say.

πολύ καλή πόζα με τη γνωστή τοπ απόδοση!
γειά σου Χριστόδουλε!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-09-04 6:38]

amazing capture. Not very common specie for my country
Thanks for sharing

Hallo Christodoulos,
a superb capture, outstanding sharpness and amrvellous colours, an excellent image from all aspects
Best regards

Perfetly focused with great detail and beautiful light. Excellent point of view. Good to see this rare bird in Cyprus. regards yiannis

Hi Christodoulos,
very nice photo. Very nice bird. Great point of view,
have a nice Sunday,

Ciao Christodoulos, great capture of lovely bird in nice walking posa, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-09-04 11:09]

Hi Christodoulos,

What a beautiful, beautiful Whimbril! As others before me have said, it is picture perfect. I love how you captured him mid-step, pointing his toes like a ballet dancer. Excellent colors and details of that amazing bill,lovely face and feathers, and even the legs. The composition and setting are superb.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-04 12:33]

No comment,the top of perfection and a very interesting beauty taken whit the best of quality...2 points are not enough my friend! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano.

hello Christodoulos
Allways a beauty from you
this is a special bird with great details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-04 22:29]

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Échassier très bien réalisé dans le mouvement. Le regard suit le mouvement. Netteté excellente.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-09-04 23:49]

Simply outstanding!

Thanks for introducing us to this beauty.

All the best,


Hello Christodoulos ,
Another fantastic photo with great excellent and very nice sharpness.Wonderful POV and composition.
Have a nice day!...

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-09-05 6:20]

Hello Christodoulos,
Beautiful Wader which you present with this luminous picture. What a long beak, must be very useful to find food. Love the horizontal composition a lot and the way the bird fills out the whole picture.
Well done again.
Kind regards

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-09-05 9:40]

Hello Christodoulos,
another wonderful shot!
great sharpness and detail, excellent POV and natural colors.
A fantastic image!
Thanks for sharing

Hi Christ,
Great capture of this Whimbrel.

Excellent sharpness and clarity.
Superb composition.
Perfect lighting.

Hello Christodoulos,
Fantastic shot. Very nice details, colors and perfect focus.
The composition is great.
I like the nice POV, the great focus and clarity of the image.

Excelente luz y bellos colores. Buen trabajo, rondando la perfección.
Saludos Christo: J. Ignasi.

this is a great shot of this beautiful bird. Excellent sharpness, detail and POV. Have a great week, Bill

Bonjour Chritodoulos,
Très belle publication remarquable pour la finesse de ses détails et la transparence de sa lumière.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Christodoulos,

Amazing beak on that fellow, specialized for picking food from shallow water!
the bird is very well recorded with outstanding details in the plumage...
Accurate and well chosen DoF isolates the subject effectively!

Pablo -

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