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Golden Plover

Golden Plover
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Copyright: Murali Santhanam (smurali) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K10D, Sigma 50 -500mm f4/6.3 DG EX APO HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-14 6:47
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I have been busy over the last few days to be able to even process pictures from my last trip to Ranagana Thittu. Yesterday I took time to process some of my pictures and get them converted for TN.

I wanted to share this picture today. Again it shows what you can expect to see at Ranagana Thittu if you can get on a boat early in the day. Here is a picture of a Stone Plover set against the early morning Golden rays of sun light reflected from the waters.

The most notable feature of the Stone Plover is the large yellow eyes. The Great Stone Plover or the Great Thick Knee is a Nocturnal bird ! That explains the large eyes. They are generally very wary and will first try to walk away from an observer. If we continue to look, it flies off. They lay a single egg on a barren rock for breeding.

During peak season you can see 10-20 Stone Plovers at Rangana Thittu.

I had to strike a balance between the bright back light and the dimly lit Stone Plover. It was too far away for my flash light to carry. I will post a front-lit Stone Plover some time later.

Murali Santhanam

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-02-14 8:46]

Hi Murali
this is very nice picture and light
very good sharp
well done.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-14 8:47]

Hi Murali,

Nice atmosphere you created here. I like the background with all the lights. Well done.


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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-02-14 8:59]

hi uncle,
superb picture...wonderful lighting.very good title:)

Hi Murali,

Very good cool colors. The gloden light is very good. The BG looks as though there are some serial set lighting is there. Nice capture./

Extraordinary light, Murali; Golden plover in golden light.
Well done

amazing pic, TFS Ori

  • Great 
  • loga (22)
  • [2008-02-15 20:22]

Hello Murali

Very elegant pose of this Plover, golden lights are good. Well done

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-12-08 10:13]

what a fantastic image. the spectacular highlights from the background give a special atmosphere to this image.

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