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Ruff Male in breeding plumage (Brushane)

Ruff Male in breeding plumage (Brushane)
Photo Information
Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 300mm / F2.8 L USM, Digital RAW 400, Canon 2x extender II
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-10-26 5:46
Viewed: 4505
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks for your comments of my previous post.

This is a beautiful male Ruff. It is an amazing bird, in the springtime the males can look much different from each other, the can be taken for different species.
When I took this picture I had 7 males around me and all saw different out.
Look at the WS and see for yourself, it’s quite fantastic.
First WS here
Second WS here

Info from Wikipedia.
The Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) is a medium-sized wading bird that breeds in marshes and wet meadows across northern Eurasia. This highly gregarious sandpiper is migratory and sometimes forms huge flocks in its winter grounds, which include southern and western Europe, Africa, southern Asia and Australia. It is usually considered to be the only member of its genus, and the Broad-billed and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers are its closest relatives.
The Ruff is a long-necked, pot-bellied bird. This species shows marked sexual dimorphism; the male is much larger than the female (the reeve), and has a breeding plumage that includes brightly coloured head tufts, bare orange facial skin, extensive black on the breast, and the large collar of ornamental feathers that inspired this bird's English name. The female and the non-breeding male have grey-brown upperparts and mainly white underparts. Three differently plumaged types of male, including a rare form that mimics the female, use a variety of strategies to obtain mating opportunities at a lek, and the colourful head and neck feathers are erected as part of the elaborate main courting display. The female has one brood per year and lays four eggs in a well-hidden ground nest, incubating the eggs and rearing the chicks, which are mobile soon after hatching, on her own. Predators of wader chicks and eggs include mammals such as foxes, feral cats and stoats, and birds such as large gulls, corvids and skuas.
The Ruff forages in wet grassland and soft mud, probing or searching by sight for edible items. It primarily feeds on insects, especially in the breeding season, but it will consume plant material, including rice and maize, on migration and in winter. Classified as "least concern" on the IUCN Red List criteria, the global conservation concerns are relatively low because of the large numbers that breed in Scandinavia and the Arctic. However, the range in much of Europe is contracting because of land drainage, increased fertiliser use, the loss of mown or grazed breeding sites, and over-hunting.

Source and more info in different language here

Canon 300mm 2,8 L, extender 2.0x, tripod
Pattern metering, ISO 400, Raw-format, av-mode.
Levels, Contrast, Crop, resized to 800 pixels, PP in the new PS CS5
Well calibrated Eizo monitor, calibrated/profiled with spyder3 elite

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-26 6:00]

Hello Gert,
Very, very beautiful. Great sharpness, details and warm natural colurs. Taken fom a very good low POV. The photos in the workshops are also beautiful. Excellent DOF and composition.

I am so glad to see that often your fascinating work friend Gert! Congratulation for your new Canon lens! It is awesome! Great capture of this gorgeous Ruff.Safe way of using ISO400. The shutter speed is fast enough to freeze the action with the set up of 600mm! Amazing colors and point of view! Bravo Gert!
George Veltchev

Ciao Gert, lovely bird in a beautiful natural ambientation, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Gert,
Interesting bird, shoted with nice natural environment, I like a lot the warm colors generated by the light.
Really amazing, the males are different plumage!... wow!
Regards, Jesús

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-26 7:56]

Hi Gert,impressive work! What a beautiful pic,the colors are warms and the sharpness simply fantastic...and i like a lot the great plumd details,the best to discover the design of this very nice bird.Great composition too in the natural environment.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,LUCIANO

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-26 8:03]

Hello Gert
First thanks for your comment on my photo. This is an excellent capture of Ruff with vivid breeding plumage.
Excellent work!
Thanks for sharing

hello Gert
super good sharpness picture
great details and the colours are super
great shot
greeting lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-10-26 8:32]

Very special bird with unique feathers and colors, well done. tfs.

Hello Gert,

you previous picture are better but this are an other specie of birds in natural environment.
Good low pov, sharpness and detailed.
Fine colours.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-10-26 10:30]

Hello Gert,

This is indeed a beautiful male Ruff.
Wonderful pose, the camera was no obstruction for the bird.
Great macro Gert.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

hi gert
great shot very beautiful
dood details and lovely colours

Hello Gert,
Fantastic colours and superb details. Great capture with outstanding POV and
very good focus and clarity.

amazing capture, superb composition, TFS

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-26 12:31]

Hello Gert
This is superb shot of this Ruff. What a colors , perfect capture from the best pov and light possible. Great details and composition too.Best regards Siggi

Hi Gert,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Ruff bird. Good sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Bonjour Gert,
Splendides couleurs rehaussées par une lumière bien maitrisée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-10-28 8:57]

Hi Gert.
I do not know this species. Your pictures have given a nice idea about these birds. Great DOF. Main character is reproduces with all details and features and water surface as well as the nearest grass are blurred nicely. Clarity of the image is simple great too. Colours of the shot are clean and fine. Superb job. Kind wishes and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-31 10:33]

Hej Gert,
Brushanen is a species that I have not yet succeeded in capturing with a good shot in its breeding plumage, certainly not such a shot as this one!
This is an excellent capture of a male in breeding plumage taken to high technical standard and set in pleasing composition against the water BG. The colours are superb!
Maybe I shall have better luck next year!
Nice to see the WS photos too.
Thanks and have a good week,

Beautiful photo, lovely capture of the bird being active. Excellent colours and exposure.
Regards, Filippos

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