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New Zealand Dotterel

New Zealand Dotterel
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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: 2006-12-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-12-17 4:07
Viewed: 4631
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
New Zealand Dotterel (Charadrius obscurus aquilonius)

Maori Name: Tuturiwhatu

This large squat tame dotterel has a large head, a heavy black bill with a slightly upturned tip and proportionately short olive-grey legs. The breeding adult has brown upperparts, finely streaked dark brown and whitish feather edges and pale orange-buff to rich rufous underparts. The non-breeding adult has pale grey-brown upperparts with broad whitish feather edges and the underparts are white with an obscure pale grey-brown breast band often restricted to just the shoulders. The call, often accompanied by head bobbing is a penetrating “chrp”, “trrt” or “prrp” and a high pitched “pweep” when disturbed.

The diet is mainly aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, small fish, crabs, sandhoppers, insects, spiders and earthworms. There are two subspecies, the larger more boldly coloured Southern NZ Dotterel (obscurus) which breeds on Stewart Island (under 100 left) and the smaller Northern NZ Dotterel (aquilonius) which breeds in Northland, Auckland, the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Northern Hawke’s Bay and some off shore islands (c 1400 birds).

Northern NZ Dotterel breed on sandspits, at stream mouths, on beaches, shellbanks, sandbanks and low dunes. The nest, a scrape in the sand, with little or no lining, is often near a marker such as a piece of driftwood, seaweed or a clump of vegetation. The clutch of 2- 3 pale, olive to buff brown eggs with dark brown blotches is laid from August onwards.

Both sexes incubate for 28-32 days, females mostly by day and males mostly at night. The fledgling period is 6-7 weeks and the juveniles wander for about 18 months. They usually breed in their second year.

Vital Statistics
Conservation Status: Uncommon Endemic
Mainland Status: Northern NZ from North Cape to Taharoa South Beach in the west and Mahia Peninsula in the east.
Size: 25cm, 145g
Life Span: Oldest bird lived over 31 yrs and one individual 'Wimble' may have lived 42 yrs if worn band numbers were read correctly.
Breeding: August - February
Diet: Aquatic & terrestrial invertebrates


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 9:13 a.m.
Date: 17th December 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/2000
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

nainnain, pinangkia, Marx44, fiyo, Bufo, horia, marhowie, vanderschelden, ferranjlloret, cecilia, PDP has marked this note useful
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quelle jolie position pour cet oiseau, on voit vraiment qu'il pose, c' est super, bonnes couleurs nettes
bon dimanche

nice..ground level shot.i pefer the half face shot which show more detail on th eye.i m sure you have this shot but is my prefer are better?you got the lighting and detail so good on this one.i m working to get one like this on Grey Headed Lapwing.

hi Pam,this is the first time i give critique.hopefully i didnt get it wrong.as a beginer i hopefully my critique are correct.

Photo is very good,
It is a bit not sharp and my sentence it the balancing-pole of whiteness was one should was improve, I in workshop placed correction.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-17 4:54]

Hello Pam,
This is Very well exposed, with excellent sharpness, detail, DOF and colors. Well composed, nice POV. Very well done!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :)

hi pam,
another lovely bird from you,
well composed shot,
nice pov, goog dof,
tfs & regards

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-12-17 6:54]

Hello Pam,
I've seen that dotterels can be quite tame, and you can approach them quite close. But even them it can be difficult to take a nice picture. But you succeeded here, from a nice low point of view.
Well done,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-17 6:56]

Hi Pam

What a charming picture of this "flamingo-imitating" bird :))
Seriously, it's really beautiful.
I really like the ground-level POV here, the very nice light that falls on the cute dotterel and the impecable DOF.
The sharpness here is magnificent (as always when it comed to your shots), the colors are lovely and well saturated and the contrast is great (i especially like the one between the wel sand and the bright shells - it does very well to complement the image).
Very well framed, composed and presented.

Bravo and TFS

Lovely leg up pose and your low POV is great Pam. Very nice color, details, comp, and exposed well. The F/5.6 has produced a great shot, isolating the bird in the frame perfectly :)
Merry Christmas!

Hi Pam,
Excellent shot, very a well composed picture, a bottom very adapted. Salutacions cordials.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-17 16:44]

What a beauty this bird! It's so curious! I love how you can see the details in its plumage. Very good job.
Best wishes

Beautiful colours/tones,lighting,exposure and composition.
Excellent work...

Hi Pam,
Very nicely composed.
Great sharpness and very neat image.
Colors are very nice.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

amazig picture of an beautiful bird.

tfs mario

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-12-18 15:54]

¦wietne zdjęcie. Bardzo ładny kadr i piękne kolory. Dobra ostro¶ć.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-12-18 20:17]

Hello Pam, nice shot! Very interesting pose. Nice light here and you've made a great job on the exposure. I like the composition too, Well done.

Happy Christmas!

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