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Dotterel Adult & Chick

Dotterel Adult & Chick
Photo Information
Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Family Matters 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-01 14:32
Viewed: 7823
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
New Zealand Dotterel

The New Zealand dotterel is a threatened (Category B) species endemic to New Zealand. The population consists of two small groups, one in the North Island and the other on Stewart Island. The total population is less than 1500 individuals. The preferred environment of these birds is sandy beaches, usually near river mouths where food is plentiful. Dotterels eat a wide variety of food, most of which is found in the intertidal area.

The decline of the New Zealand dotterel is due to several factors, but in particular, introduced predators such as cats, stoats and ferrets. Because their nesting areas are popular with beach goers, many dotterel nests also get trampled by people, dogs, and trail bikes.


Camera: Canon 1D Mk lll
Time of day: 05:51 a.m.
Date: 2nd January 2009
Weather conditions: Cloudy
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/300
F-Stop: F/7.1
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 200
External Flash: Canon 580EX ll Speedlite
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2009-01-01 14:34]

Hi Pam,

nice "couple" and a sad story, more sad is that more and more story like that can be heared.

Hi Pam,
Excellent capture of these New Zealand Dotterels; great POV and composition, sharp fine details, natural habitat.

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2009-01-01 15:11]

Hi Pam,
Very nice picture of these cute birds. Beside the note, there is also a sad atmosphere in your picture, probably because the grey background. The lighting, colours and composition are very good.
Regards, Mario

HEllo Pam,
Nice to see you here again Pam, and with beautiful Dotterels for us!
I haven't seen these down here,but we do have quite a few of the Banded Dotterel.
Beautifully composed and lovely light and detail in this shot.
Very nice work!
Have a good 2009

Hi Pam,

Very nice capture of this New Zealand dotterel with young chick, excellent POV looks like you were down on the sand at eye level, wonderful colours and detail, and a excellent use of a fill flash.

Hope you had a loverly Christmas and a very Happy New Year for 2009

Cheers Rick :)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-02 3:33]

Hello Pam!

Happy New Year to you!

Nice to see you again with your favourite subjects - small birds. Lovely scene very well photographed.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2009-01-02 10:38]

Hello Pam ,exellent capture good composition light and colours , Greetings Teunie ,And a Very Good 2009 for you and the famely .

Hi Pam,
hello, I'm happy to "see" you again - I miss your shots ...
This one is lovely, so sharp, such a cute moment, thanks.
All the best for 2009 for you, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Pam
you made a beautiful shot of this two dotterels, the little one is very cute. the details and the colors are perfect
very well done

Hello Pam

Very cute capture of this dotterel and chick.
I can see where the chick gets it's good looks.
Lovely low POV.
Very good detail and focus.
Nice to see you posting again.


Nice plower.Beatiful color and good clarity.

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