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Copyright: Parvulescu Lucian (parvulescubio) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 13 N: 243] (1541)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Danube Delta
Date Submitted: 2007-04-27 4:31
Viewed: 3345
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An unexpected bird in Danube Delta: Dotterel - Charadrius morinellus

In summer, males but especially female are beautifully marked with grey breasts and chestnut bellies, separated by a bold white line across the chest (here is an subadult). The distinctive line is also visible in their duller, browner winter plumage, as are the bold white eyestripes meeting at the nape which look even more striking in summer. Non breeding and juvenile birds may be confused with juvenile American Golden Plovers but are separated by the supercilium joining on the nape.
It breeds in the arctic tundra of northern Eurasia from Norway to eastern Siberia, and on suitable mountain plateaus such as the Scottish highlands and the Alps. It nests in a bare ground scrape and lays two to four eggs incubated by the male.
This species is migratory, wintering in a narrow belt across north Africa from Morocco eastwards to Iran. Migration stopovers are traditional, and small parties (trips) of Dotterels pass through each year at these usually inland arable or grassy sites. The winter habitat is semi-desert.

The Dotterel has long been considered tame and unsuspecting. This led to it being easy prey for illegal collection of the bird, which depleted its stocks.
Another consequence of the friendly and trusting nature of this bird has caused the name 'dotterel' in English to carry a negative connotation. The term 'dotterel' is a contemptuous label used to describe somebody who is considered to be a doting old fool.

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To vanderschelden: thanksparvulescubio 1 04-27 09:42
To Bufo: hiparvulescubio 5 04-27 07:21
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Belle image de ce petit pluvier, bonne netteté

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-04-27 4:39]
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Hi Parvulescu,
some surprise you came accross. Man this is beautiful. Nice low pov and crisp sharp.
I wonder if you've taken the picture in RAW format. If so, I would increase the colour temperature a tiny bit. Flashes always give a somewhat colder light.
Regards, Jacob


fain de tot si este o specie pe care eu inca nu am vazuto.
ca o remarca la ce ai scris despre subiect. in mare parte de acolo este fals. masculul la specia asta are un colorit mai spalacit decat femela, femela prezentand ce spui tu acolo... legat de colorit. este o adaptare la comportamentul pasarii, asta fiind o specie poliandra. adica femela este foarte moderna si are mai multi masculi. se imperecheaza cu un mascul ii depune ouale si daca pate pleaca mai departe la alt mascul... uneori ajuta si la cresterea progeniturii.

nu este chiar asa deosebit ca ai vazuto in Delta... doar este pasajul.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-27 4:42]

Hello Parvulescu,
What a lucky find! Excellent shot from a nice angle. Great sharpness and very nice natural colours. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Stii ce mi-a placut la poza asta? Camuflajul sau mai bine spus armonia cromatica a penelor prundarasului si ale mediului.Deci...
Foto=armonie (ca sa continui in aceeasi nota!)


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-27 7:40]

bonjour Parvulescu,
c'est une très belle image nature, le poitn de vu est excellent. Le plumage est finement détaillé, simple mais efficace.


Hi Parvulescu,
I like your Danuba Delta portfolio a lot and I'm really looking forward to see more work...
This is a very sharp and well composed image. Excellent POV as well.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-04-27 10:09]

I think that very rare happen such opportunity to see so pretty photo.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-27 11:13]

Hi Parvulescu,

I never realized there were so many birds I had never heard of. This one is beautiful. The coloring is magnificent. Wonderful details and a lovely facial expression. A very beautiful natural setting.


Hello Parvulescu , very good comp. sharpness and colors , very beautiful photo , TFS.

Hi Lucian,

Great shot
Superb sharpness and details
Excellent POV and DOF

TFS Thijs

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