E.J.Wilkins

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I'm not altogether sure what bird this is. I was told by one person it was a Black-Talied Godwit, by another that it is a Sandpiper. My books don't seem to be a lot of help, nor do online sources.

edit 18th March 2007 .. suggestion that it might be a Redshank.

The bird is standing on the rails at the boatyard slipway at Keyhaven, directly beneath the + here .

Taken with a Dimage Z5 on a very dark and gloomy day in January.

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A week or so of bird images.
The first time I've had a 'theme' but I've quite a few pictures I'd like to share and see what you think, and what might be done to improve them 'for next time'.

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Wader

I'm not altogether sure what bird this is. I was told by one person it was a Black-Talied Godwit, by another that it is a Sandpiper. My books don't seem to be a lot of help, nor do online sources.

edit 18th March 2007 .. suggestion that it might be a Redshank.

The bird is standing on the rails at the boatyard slipway at Keyhaven, directly beneath the + here .

Taken with a Dimage Z5 on a very dark and gloomy day in January.

..........

A week or so of bird images.
The first time I've had a 'theme' but I've quite a few pictures I'd like to share and see what you think, and what might be done to improve them 'for next time'.

.....
I'm sorry about the anti-spam code. I edited my profile and the code turned itself on, I can't find any way of turning it off.
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please visit my vfxy
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comments (21)

  • Larry
  • Raleigh, NC
  • 14 Mar 2007, 01:15
I like the composition and the spot of color on the bird's legs. It inspires me to do more gloomy day shoots.
This zone was a magnificent source of inspiration for you! It enchants the Link of the photographic point because it approaches more the photographer and his surroundings. Bravo Ellie. [G]
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 14 Mar 2007, 02:12
It does remind me of a sandpiper, Ellie, but I don't know for sure. The orange legs are so perfect for this pic on a "gloomy" day. My kind of day, especially if there's a magical piece of color that pops out like that!
  • alex
  • 14 Mar 2007, 02:23
that's a cute bird...in the funny-lookin sort of way. smile it's like a cartoon bird. two circles drawn with two legs, and a triangle for a beak. like everyone else has mentioned, really like the blast of color from the legs.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 Mar 2007, 02:52
Hi Ellie. This bird, whatever species, adds all the colour and humour to a very grey image. You have presented the image excellently.
It has been raining here in Delhi for the last 2 days Ellie, and for me, this shot somehow relates to the weather here. Makes me want to go out and enjoy nature grin
EJWilkins: I can relate to your weather Thomas, the weather here has been so dark and dull since the autumn. I'm longing for spring to bring some sunshine.
  • madretz
  • SF Bay Area
  • 14 Mar 2007, 04:15
It is a funny little bird with it's knobby knees!
great closeup! I like the closeup of the robin in your vfxy too.
Look Ma, No hands. Fabulous composition, Ellie, with that diagonal pull. Everyone now has the anti spam code whether they want it ot not it seems.
The birds feet add colour to the somewhat gloomy day
You are right, Ellie, the books are not conclusive- mine do suggest a Godwit, though. Poor weather is sometimes very useful photographically- no strong contrasts to struggle with! You have done incredibly well here, getting a pleasing composition and a super clean shot of an attractive bird- I'm inspired to put on my poor attempts now!
EJWilkins: I'm wondering Bar Tailed Godwit, but I'm not convinced. Thank you for your generous comment David, the little chap was just sitting there almost asking for his portrait to be taken.
And ... I can't imagine that you would ever dream of uploading anything that's 'poor'! wink
A nice composition although it's not always easy when trying to capture wild animals. Great job Ellie.
  • iain
  • Toronto, Canada
  • 14 Mar 2007, 12:51
what a silly looking little (but big) bird! It's actually quite cute but they way it tucks its wings in by its side so tightly make it look like it doesn't have wings! lol. I agree, it's nicely composed, shame it just wansn't a sunny day!
EJWilkins: We've had so few sunny days Iain, it's been a truly dismal autumn/winter. I hope spring will bring some brighter days with it.
  • Louis
  • 14 Mar 2007, 13:19
The sandpiper supporters may have an argument, but i will have to check on that.

Not enough of the bird is showing for a positive identification. It happens and makes it a less usable bird shot.

There are other reasons to like this picture - the diagonal line, texture provided by the water, etc - approaching a monotone, so maybe it wants to be processed in mono with contrasting to add in highlights. Just an idea.
..lonely...
Beautiful legs, nice contrast to the dark and grey day smile
I like your composition and how the orange thin legs stand out. Beautifully captured!
Wonderful. The water movement almost look painted by a brush. Unfortunately, I cannot help on the bird's identity...
It's not a Black Tailed Godwit because the beak is not long enough even in this angle. It is a Sand Piper but I don't know what variety because in the shot there is some sort of red colouration at the top of the beak by the mouth. Still it's a nice capture El. smile
EJWilkins: I've today had a suggestion by email that it might be a Redshank .. what do you think? It matches, sort of, the colour of the legs and also the red on the beak.
I was sent this link http://www.birdlist.co.uk/images/redshank.JPG
nice series so far Ellie!
Hi Ellie. It's a good one too !

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