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New Zealand Dotterel: Threatened Species

New Zealand Dotterel: Threatened Species
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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: 2006-12-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-16 4:36
Viewed: 3484
Points: 38
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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 20D
Time of day: 9:02 a.m.
Date: 3rd December 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/11
Focal Length: 400mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi Pam,
I like the simple composition here , the feathers blowing in the wind and the details are amazing in this picture. 1500 nos… ooof , its highly endangered , hope it will survive the test of time and human onslaught.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-16 5:01]

Beautiful picture Pam. Sharp, well exposed and well composed.


Hello Pam,
Beautiful this shot of the dottorel.
I like a lot the ilumination, with the shadow projected, but there is still enought light to iluminate the head and the eye of the bird.
DOF makes the sand get OOF slowly...
I like the composition also,
Congratulations and thanks for share,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-16 5:46]

Hello Pam,
Fine capture of this rare wader. One hopes that the conservation measures taken are sufficient to protect the species.
You present this dotterel in a sharp, well composed shot, the side light making it interesting not only photographically but showing the purpose of the ruffled feathers to take up the warmth of the morning sun.
TFs, best wishaes, Ivan

Hello Pam,
What a sad story... I hope that the authorities in your country have a plan to help this fragile specie. This is a very nice capture of this bird with excellent details, POV and DOF. I like its fluffy feathers a lot. Thanks,

hi pam, nice shot,
well captured with fine pov,
well composed, good dof,
framed beautifully,
tfs & regards

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-12-16 6:17]

Hello Pam.
A very nice and warm picture of this threatened bird. Again an example of the destroying nature of us people.
Let's hope for the future that there is more space for thid beuatiful creatures. TFS.
Gr. Hans

Hi Pam,
Good shot..again.
Good isolation...
Like the overall grey and brown colors in it...
No critiques..again.

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2006-12-16 8:54]

Hi Pam
Such a beautiful bird would be a shame if we lost it. A not so uncommen story unfortunately.
Badruddin Ali

Hi Pam, lovely bird, great sharpness, lovely details, splendid colors, very well done, ciao e buon week end, Silvio

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-12-16 9:37]

Hi Pam, another quality shot. Great low POV bringing us eye level with this Dotterel. Excellent lighting, details and good natural colours. The sharpness and DOF is spot on. Fist class work, TFS and have a great Christmas.

Best wishes,


beautiful image,
lovely little bird,
great setting,


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-16 11:51]

Wow, Pam. You sure managed a close-up shot of this shorebird, which I imagine has a tendency to scamper quickly away at human approach. I have a very hard time catching the sandpipers-type birds on our beaches. They move so fast.
Great POV of him looking out at sea.
Sharp details presented in perfect light.
TFS. : )

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-12-16 12:41]

Cute shot ,pretty cute bird you captured.Excellent details..

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-16 13:50]

Otra primorosa captura Pam con bello punto de vista, mostrando no sólo la silueta del ave con total claridad, agudeza y colorido, sino también su sombra que colabora con la estética de la composición.
Me agrada el marco elegido y el recorte de la misma.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Another dainty capture Pam with beautiful point of view, not only showing the silhouette of the bird with total clarity, sharpness and coloring, but also their shade that collaborates with the aesthetics of the composition.
I like the elected frame and the cropping of the same one.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-16 14:14]

Hello Pam,
What a cute bird:).I liked POV,moment you caught,details,lighting,framing and composition a lot.

Hello Pam
What can I say about this picture and on the same token for all the other ones.
You have been and inspiration not only for me but for many of the members of this site.
In my part I have to thank you for the help that you have been giving me to improve as a photographer.
Great Picture in the colors details POB and BG.

Wishing a Happy Holiday Season and a Bright and Healthy New Year for You and your family.

Thank You for everything on this one



Hi Pam,
What a beautiful fluffy little bird. It looks like he is trying to warm up and get dry again. Compositional wise, this is really beautiful. Your low POV worked really wel. Superb sharpness and colors. You even managed to catch a little reflection in the eye.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-18 14:08]

This is so lovely with the fluffed out feathers. Excellent timing. Lovely light and colours. Great POV and nice details



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