Redshank « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

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On Tuesday we drove three hours west and north to explore the arctic tundra around Gednje, Kongsfjord, and Berlevåg. On Wednesday morning Anita was anxious to get in a throw-over blind at the lake by the Gednje intersection to photograph the Red-throated Loon nest that we had seen both the week before and the day before. And I had excellent directions to find Dotterel on its nesting grounds. Results soon.

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Redshank-calling-on-road-_MAI7091--Vadso,-Norway

This image was created at Vadso, Norway on June 19, 2018 with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens, the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III, and the Nikon D850. ISO 800. Matrix metering +2/3 stop: 1/400 sec. at f/6.3. AUTO1 WB at 6:51am on a mostly cloudy morning.

One AF point down and two to the left of the center AF point/d-9/Shutter button/Continuous AF (AI Servo in Canon) was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was on the side of the bird’s neck right on the same plane as its eye. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Image #1: Redshank on path, calling.

Inspired by Amy

On the morning that Anita and I tried the Ruff lek again Amy went for a walk on the tundra behind the hotel and came up with some decent Redshank images. Duly inspired I set out the next morning with the big rig (not Johnny Hendrix, the Big Rig …) and did fairly well. The hotel manager told me that Redshank — in the Tringa family, and thus relatives of our yellowlegs — had never bred on Vadsoya Island, there was a pair that was acting very nesty. They circled us whenever we neared a certain stand of bushes and when I stood still in that spot, one of the birds of the pair would land fairly close to me. We wound up getting some take-off shots of Whooper Swan as well so all in all the morning was a nice success.

Redshank-calling-on-tundra-_MAI7198--Vadso,-Norway

This image was created at Vadso, Norway on June 19, 2018 with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens, the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III, and the Nikon D850. ISO 800. Matrix metering +1/3 stop: 1/640 sec. at f/6.3. AUTO1 WB at 7:49am on a brightening cloudy morning.

One AF point down and three to the right of the center AF point/d-9/Shutter button/Continuous AF (AI Servo in Canon) was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was on the side of the bird’s neck right on the same plane as its eye. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Focus peaking AF Fine-tune: +5.

Image #2: Redshank on tundra, calling.

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Which of today’s two featured images is your favorite, the Redshank on the path or the Redshank on the tundra. Please let us know why you made your choice.

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10 comments to Redshank

  • avatar Guido Bee

    I’m in the camp of #2 due to the color of the background.
    Both would make me proud to have taken them.
    All the best, and be well.

  • Oh yeah! Awesome shots, Artie. I much prefer the second shot because the bird is in its habitat and the color really pops off the green background. I also feel a stronger connection to the bird with the head angle and wide eye while at the peak of its calling. Delicious. After just returning from my second trip to the arctic in Alaska, I am in love with the tundra. Tell Amy and Anita hello too.

  • avatar Warren H

    I like the energy and character of the subject in the second image better.

  • avatar Tony Z

    Hi Artie,
    I like the background of the ‘path’ image better, but the body position of the ‘tundra’ image. I think i also like the framing/crop of the second image. But if i had to pick one, i’d say the first (path) is my favourite.
    T

  • avatar David Policansky

    Hi, Artie. Both are great but I prefer the one on the tundra. I prefer the background color and in general, whereas in the first image the background is just there and doesn’t add anything for me. (It doesn’t subtract anything, though.) I also somewhat prefer the pose and color of the bird in teh second image.

  • avatar Ruth Schueler

    I cannot decide, the picture on the path is perfect, but the one on the tundra is much friendlier, but the feet are missing….

  • avatar Mike Collard

    I should not have looked on my phone; I am wrong, Arthur sorry

  • avatar Mike Collard

    Arthur; these superb images are actually Spotted Redshank

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Mike,

      I wish that you were correct and the bird is indeed spotted, but the species is Redshank. Spotted Redshank is solidly black with white spots in breeding plumage. Spotted Redshank would be a life bird for me 🙂

      with love, artie

      ps: all good!