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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/750 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-11 17:55
Viewed: 3535
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) is a migratory shorebird that breeds in the high Arctic tundra, then migrates during the northern winter to the lower southern hemisphere, including Australia. This particular race breeds in Siberia, the whole reproductive process from courtship to fledging their young, taking only 7-8 weeks.

Then they begin their 10,000 km flight back to sunny Australia, which is done in stages of around 3,000 – 4,000 km. Incredibly some of these birds live to 20 years of age, by which time they would have flown around half a million kilometres.

In contrast to their breeding habitat (hummocky tundra), their time in Australia (August - April) is spent entirely by the ocean, predominantly on rocky shores and reefs. Here they feed on a variety of small invertebrates that are found by flipping over small stones, shells, bits of detritus etc., hence the common name of turnstone.

I posted this shot simply to illustrate the birds in their Australian habitat, with the breaking surf in the background and a variety of molluscs in the foreground. These birds are juveniles, which don’t migrate back to Siberia until they’re three years old.

Taken at one of my favourite beaches, north Port Kembla, thanks for looking.

PDP, Fisher, dew77, halki, coasties, ddg, marhowie, Luc, carper has marked this note useful
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-11 18:01]

Hi Chris, nice shot. I don't believe that I have seen this bird before. I like the communal gathering you have captured. Good lighting and colours. Very well done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-08-11 18:16]

Hi Chris,
Excellent capture of the gathering, excellent lighting and details. You did well with this one.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-12 2:14]

Hello Chris!
Wonderful scane and composition.POV,details,sharpness are excellent.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-12 2:23]

A great natural scene, Chris. Ruddy turnstones are so colorful with their bright orange legs. I really like that shot of them frolicking along the rocky shore. Somehow gives me a great sense of freedom. Am not sure why. Enjoyed your picture. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-12 3:06]

Hello Chris!
Very nice capture!Colours,POV and light are great.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-08-12 4:02]

Very clear, sharp portrait. i like the light and the colors in this pic.
Great work!



Hello Chris

Very nice shot. Great low POV with the sea in the BG. Excellent light. Nice details and depth of colour. Well done. Thanks.

Great shot Chris!
Nice scene captured very well, BG is superb and help to create great mood. POV and composition are perfect, details really good.
Overall, very interesting post.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-08-12 10:29]

Hello Chris, trés beau tableau. Composition, colors, lighting and sharpness are perfect. Very well done. TFS Didier.

Very good picture, very good low angle shooting, the light was great.

Great shot and note Chris. Very good light, colors and details. I like the DOF that includes just enough of the OOF surf and rocks behind to add interest and balance the composition. Very well done!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-15 18:26]

Chris, excellent sharpness, pov and composition.

I like lighting and dof too.

A very pleasant shot.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-17 19:54]

Hi Chris, I have no time to write a decent comment. I give to you the well deserved smiley.

Day thought:
"If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words." -- Chinese Proverb --

Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-25 12:25]

very nice one Chris,
the clear composition is well taken, the pov is good and I like the angle you took the shot, very good job,
gr. Jaap

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