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Common Redshank

Common Redshank
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-07-17 6:23
Viewed: 1140
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Redshank or simply Redshank (Tringa totanus) is an Eurasian wader in the large family Scolopacidae.

Description and systematics
Common Redshanks in breeding plumage are a marbled brown color, slightly lighter below. In winter plumage they become somewhat lighter-toned and less patterned, being rather plain greyish-brown above and whitish below. They have red legs and a black-tipped red bill, and show white up the back and on the wings in flight.

The Spotted Redshank (T. erythropus), which breeds in the Arctic, has a longer bill and legs; it is almost entirely black in breeding plumage and very pale in winter. It is not a particularly close relative of the Common Redshank, but rather belongs to a high-latitude lineage of largish shanks. T. totanus on the other hand is closely related to the Marsh Sandpiper (T. stagnatilis), and closer still to the small Wood Sandpiper (T. glareola). The ancestors of the latter and the Common Redshank seem to have diverged around the Miocene-Pliocene boundary, about 5-6 million years ago. These three subarctic- to temperate-region species form a group of smallish shanks with have red or yellowish legs, and in breeding plumage are generally a subdued light brown above with some darker mottling, and have somewhat diffuse small brownish spots on the breast and neck.

It is a widespread breeding bird across temperate Eurasia. It is a migratory species, wintering on coasts around the Mediterranean, on the Atlantic coast of Europe from Great Britain southwards, and in South Asia. They are uncommon vagrants outside these areas; on Palau in Micronesia for example, the species was recorded in the mid-1970s and in 2000.

They are wary and noisy birds which will alert everything else with their loud piping call. Like most waders, they feed on small invertebrates. Redshanks will nest in any wetland, from damp meadows to saltmarsh, often at high densities. They lay 3-5 eggs.

The Common Redshank is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
It is widely distributed and quite plentiful in some regions, and thus not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.

Source: Wikipedia

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hallo Peter
leuke vogel met zijn oranje poten
staat er super op en goed van schepte
bedankt gr lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-07-17 6:29]

Hi Peter,great capture of this redshank waking in the grass,the details are super,especially on the orange legs,very well done! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-07-17 6:33]

Hello Peter,
A really great composition. Quality light and a spot on exposure. Beautiful colors and sharp detail.Excellent camera work! Regards Sigi

Hello Peter,
Well presentation of this Redshank. Nice light as well as color. Good sharpness as well as color. I like its BG too.
Thanks for sharing with useful NOTE,
Regards and have a nice WE,

Hello Peter

You shot the photo at the bird's best pose while im movement, it give another
dimension to the photo, with fine POV at the level of the bird, beautiful light, TFS


I like the vegetation in the background that gives a natural look to this remarkably sharp capture of a wader with its beak open, Peter.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture.

Hi Peter,
you have really wonderful pics of birds - like them all! Well done with this one too.
have a nice day

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2015-07-18 11:04]

Excellent in-motion capture of this lovely wader. All parameters are simply "right-on". Great combination of colors, and lovely light.

Have a pleasant weekend,


Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter
great capture of this bird in a beautiful sunlight,
excellent details and colors, superb environment
Have a good sunday

Hello Peter,
Brilliant in all aspects.....Incredible clarity, focus and sharp details. The colors are nice and natural.
Thanks for sharing this nice bird.

Hi Peter,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details of the Common Redshank. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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