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Using his Long Curved Bill

Using his Long Curved Bill
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/1500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-04-04 0:43
Viewed: 3125
Points: 49
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Eurasian Curlew, Numenius arquata
Swedish name: Storspov

As we now live close to the island of Öland, in less than half an hour we can drive to places where waders such as this Curlew can be seen. This is a the largest species of wader in Europe.

This is a male: the female has an even longer bill. After the female has laid her four eggs, either on moorland of marshy areas, she leaves the male to brood and feed the young. This behaviour is common to several species of waders.

Curlews use their long curved bills to probe the soil for worms and grubs, as here showing him extracting a worm.
The WORKSHOP shows a more standard portrait of the same individual.

Like many other species the Eurasian Curlew is declining because its nesting habitats are being drained and ploughed to produce more food for the growing human population.

Fortunately large areas of the Öland are too infertile to be used for modern agriculture, which makes them used as grazing land. They are also protected from other types of exploitation.

This was taken from the car at a distance of about 20 meters (70ft). Not as sharp as I would like it, but clear enough to make the point of the image.
After moderate cropping and size reduction this image was slightly sharpened and converted from RAW.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-04-04 0:57]

Hello Ivan,
such a wonderful bird owning that long curl bill. I like the depth of field that gives a special dramatic effect of isolation.
Exciting similar color which could easily be a camouflaging traits.
Lively view in exciting presentation of cool nature view.


Hello Ivan
yesterday my comment vanished as fast as the worm in the throat of this hungry Eurasian Curlew ...together with the post itself ....hm, I wonder what happened? Well today the image is back but this time accompanied with rather poor or NO information at all!!! The image on the other side is ...hm ...controversial, but in general I love it. It is telling us a story. Good! Pleasant warm colors ..the way you love it and a resolution which doesn't inspire much! I mean, to me this looks like a heavy cropp, Ivan...or simply I do not have any other explanation for the lack of detail in that picture. Perhaps the use of the 1.4 extender can be blamed ! ...Perfect timing, light and simple effective composition indeed!
George Veltchev

Hello Ivan,
A very nice bird. Interesting curved bill. The details, colors and focus are very good as usual.
Excellent composition. The image was taken from a very nice low POV.

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2012-04-04 1:21]

Hello Ivan.

A wonderful shot of this bird in this motion. Well captured with good details and clarity. It's so interesting to see the bill curved n curl probing.. Great exposure used with fine DOF and POV. TFS.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-04 1:40]

Hi Ivan,the WS is better talking about the quality,but this moment is very interesting and i like your choice to post this pic as first.Great timing and moment,the long distance is always a problem for all..ehehhe..have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

very good approach, excellent moment with a fine photo performance!
regards Ivan

Hi, Ivan
Judging these images as a pair, I think this is a nice illustration of the dexterity of the curlew's extraordinary bill and the behaviour document is more interesting than the technicalities. However, I have tried an alternate presentation via workshop, bearing in mind your comments - I hope you don't mind ;-)
Best wishes, Nigel.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-04 2:36]

Hello Ivan,
Very nice photo of this Curlew taken from a good low POV. Reasonable sharpness and beautiful natural colours. Excellent timing. I like the standard portrait in the workshop too.

Hello Ivan,
Fine capture of this species.Great moment!Wonderful natural colors and light.
Thank You,
Kind regards

Hello Ivan,
A very nice captured of this bird, great timing, excellent low point of view, lovely natural colours and good details,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-04-04 3:57]

I like the earthly colors here, though the focus is not fully there, one can see the action of the bird because of the fine use of dof..I am not always in to sharpness as long as the image speaks something about the species..tfs.

Good action shot from considerable distance, Ivan.
The bill of this Curlew is really long and does look like a potent tool for digging worms out of the ground.
The POV offers a complete view of the bird's plumage.
Thanks and regards.

Ciao Ivan. Very food light and details for the bird in action. Excellent DOF.


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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-04-04 5:21]

Hello Ivan,
beautiful capture of this curlew with good sharpness and excellent light; great POV and nice shades of warm colours. Well done!

Hello Ivan

The 2 photos are excellent and beautiful,
this one not as sharp as the one in the WS
but probably because of the movement, here you
shot the photo at the best moment of the pose, TFS


Bonjour Ivan,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao Ivan, lovely bird in nice pose, berautiful two WS too, splendid light, excellent sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Ivan,
really interesting bird. AMazing colours. Great pose of this bird.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Ivan,
Excellent photo presentation of Numenius arquata feeding, very nice colors and fine details, TFS!

Hello Ivan,
great picture of this bird extracting a worm. I especially like your perfect timing and the natural colours. Thanks also for your informative note.
Best wishes,

Hello Ivan.
This is a good close framing capture of a wader within your place. I like the view of this bird using the super long beaks in action. Beautiful light and pleasing details of the plume.
Thanks and have a nice day.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-05 9:30]

Hello Ivan,
This is just beautiful and fine shot of this Curlew. Superb shot with excellent colors.Best regards Siggi

Hello Ivan friend,
Very eloquent shot!... Some soft focus, but I think this image goes beyond the technical aspects! I like also the WS image, more classic.
Well done!

Hello Ivan
Beautiful scene with good composition and wonderful colours,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-19 11:05]

Hi Ivan.
Great shot despite the far shooting distance. I also like a WS. We cannot take such wonderful shots from car on our roads :). Excellent DOF and nice blurriness of the natural FG and BG. Have a nice weekend and TFS.

Buen documento Ivan.
En Catalunya solo hiverna en el Delta del Ebro, pero
muy pocos ejemplares, solamente 300 parejas.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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