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Black-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit
Photo Information
Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K20D, Pentax fa*4,5 300mm if ed, ISO 400, 67mm Hoya HMC
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-19 15:33
Viewed: 3667
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Genus: Limosa
Species: L. limosa
Binomial name: Limosa limosa

The Black-tailed Godwit, Limosa limosa, is a large, long-legged, long-billed shorebird first described by Carolus Linnaeus in 1758. It is a member of the Limosa genus, the godwits. There are three subspecies, all with orange head, neck and chest in breeding plumage and dull grey-brown winter coloration, and distinctive black and white wingbar at all times.

Its breeding range stretches from Iceland through Europe and areas of central Asia. Black-tailed Godwits spend winter in areas as diverse as Australia, western Europe and west Africa. The species breeds in fens, lake edges, damp meadows, moorlands and bogs and uses estuaries, swamps and floods in winter; it is more likely to be found inland and on freshwater than the similar Bar-tailed Godwit. The world population is estimated to be 634,000 to 805,000 birds and is classified as Near Threatened.

More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-tailed_Godwit

Date/time original 19-5-2009 19:05:17
Exposure time 1/1000 s
F-number f/5.6
ISO speed ratings ISO 400
Exposure bias value 0.70 eV
Metering mode Spot
Flash Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Focal length 300 mm
White balance Auto white balance

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Hi Thijs,

Superb shot. What can i say... Nice lighting, perfect DOF and great model attitude. Good job.


Excellent detail, nice comp, you were prepared!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-19 22:16]

Hello Thijs,
An excellent capture of a male Black-tailed Godwit taken from a fine POV as it is about to take off. Superb sharpness, lighting and BG to make this a great shot.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-19 23:04]

Schitterend Thijs!
Op zo'n plaatje loer ik ook al lang. Mij is het nog niet gelukt.
Fantastisch in scherpte en kleur. Uitstekende contrasterende achtergrond en compositie. Prachtige houding. Klasse!

It looks like an artist waiting for applause.
Excellent timing and composition Thijs.



hello Thijs
excellent capture of this Limosa,beautiful moment and very fine glance from you,wonderful photo

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-05-19 23:58]

Ha Thijs,

Een prachtige scherpe opname van deze balancerende godwit,mooie compositie welke perfect afsteekt tegen de groene achtergrond,


Hello Thijs,
Excellent shot, very sharp details and a beautiful composition.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-20 3:34]

Hello Thijs
All I can say is Perfect!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-20 10:50]

Hi Thijs.
You managed to catch an amazing, art scene. Great timing and terrific pose of the bird. It is great that quality of the shot is so high as impressiveness of the scene. Bravo. Well done.

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