I am really sorry macjake for stealing your title, I just thought this will be so appropriate here, although it is a completely different photo than yours.
It so happens that since many years I live next to a coast. It was the Pacific Ocean, Baltic Sea (also close to the North Sea), Celtic Sea (also close to the Atlantic Ocean) now Irish Sea respectively. Sitting on a beach was always quite boring to me but I do that from time to time. In California I found it very entertaining to watch beach birds. There were two types of them exhibiting similar behavior. When the wave was coming back to the ocean they were running very quickly after it trying to find something in the sand with their thin long beaks. When the wave came back again they were running away on their tiny long legs. They were running a lot and it always made me laugh.
I have found out the name of this bird species. It is Long-Billed Curlew, Numenius americanus. They are native to North America.
It is my second but probably last bird photo so that is why I dont intend to create a TrekNature account. This photo was taken in the afternoon on the Pismo Beach along the central coast of California. In the workshop I present one more photo taken in the morning at the same beach. The light was different. The workshop photo presents a couple (I believe male and female are slightly different) having a morning jog on the beach.
Coming back to the title: in one of the previous uploads I have mentioned, how great is the weather in Southern California. Now it may come as a surprise for those who did not visit California that the water in the ocean along the Californian coast is very cold all year long.
*** update 08.08.2011 ***
I have just discovered that the bird has a European cousine: Eurasian Curlew, Numenius arquata.
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lousat (85018) 2011-08-07 1:36
Hi Marius,a perfect pic for treknature too.What a beautiful curlew and what a top quality work,i like the great light balance,the excellent details and the reflections on the wet sand.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.
danos (92458) 2011-08-07 1:59
nice the view of the bird as standing on the sandy beach of Pismo beach.Reminds a similar scene in Sar-El-Seix with an other kind of bird of course.A good snapshot with lovely colours and light.
Have a good Sunday,danos
timecapturer (49288) 2011-08-07 4:58
a great title for a wonderful shot. Perfect clarity, sharpness, light and detail, with the edge of the water in exactly the right place. Excellent!
Have a peaceful Sunday - Brian.
baddori (20069) 2011-08-07 6:36
Abito quasi dentro ad un'oasi naturalistica , Cagliari č dentro due piccole "Camargue" con molti uccelli ed ornitologi interanzionali.
Un bell'esemplare di uccello .
Bel colore e un piccolo riflesso .
Foto molto amata dagli amici di TN.
Sonata11 (33717) 2011-08-07 7:34
co za ciekawy ptaszek z takim dlugim dziobem. Fajne ujecie oraz super kolory, ostrosc. Swietnie pozuje do zdjecia. Fajne zdjecie. Podoba mi sie.
Serdecznie pozdrawiam i zycze milej niedzieli,
vasilpro (41187) 2011-08-07 8:15
Beautiful bird with a curved funny beak, excellent POV and timing, natural colors, very nice light management and reflections on the wet sand.
Have a nice Sunday, Vasilis.
macjake (63122) 2011-08-07 9:55
hey, no problem at all, any way that we can help each other out! :)
i can certainly appreciate the difficult nature in capturing this photo, i presume you were at the end of your focal range?
birds....man...they are hard to capture! I really do like the lighting in this shot, that helped out alot.
Very interesting bird to view, i can't help but keep looking at this guy. I take it his long beak is to capture fish.
PS - you know how you added the extra workshop photo, and created that link in your write up below....how you do you that? i"m not very computer literate.
josepmarin (58085) 2011-08-07 10:17
a great capture of this instant, the curlew on the beach did not have to be an easy aim, but you hunted it skillfully.
We can see perfectly all the details of his long beak, his plumage and his legs, while he seems to pose for the photographer.
I like the spontaneity of this natural scene, and the splendid achievement.
Welll done, my friend.
wolf38 (31284) 2011-08-07 14:45
A watchful bird. A class photo. Composition, light and colors are best. Well seen and presented.
In haste, Rgds, Wolfgang.
bukitgolfb301 (38492) 2011-08-07 22:18
Hi my dear Mariusz
How are you?
Nice apotele macro shot for the sea bird.
Perfect moment of small wave coming exactlly.
Always stong impresive image! Thanks for your sharing with nice work and have a good day!
Takero from Tokyo, hottness coming back again
delpeoples (56000) 2011-08-07 23:45
It's always difficult to shoot wildlife and you did a great job here. I love the golden tones and the reflection is a little added bonus. Great title, I'm sure Craig won't mind you pinching it. The bird does indeed look very chilled out. I'd love to be there chilling out with him.
Have a great week
emka (89207) 2011-08-07 23:47
Bardzo synpatyczny ten kulik długodzioby. Pamiętam że na plażach atlantyckich, w Daytonie i Miami beach, byllo duzo róznych fajnych ptaszków. To miałeś fajnie, że blisko morza mieszkałewś ( nie w Tarnowie). Chciałabym mieszkać nad morzem, albo w górach, najlepiej żeby bylo i to, i to, na weekendy czy nawet po poludniu miec jak na wakacjach. A ja całe życie na tej mazowieckiej równinie, gdzie wszędzie daleko. I może dlatego muszę jeździć.. Zimna woda w Pacyfiku - kąpałam sie w Long Beach, ale rzeczywiście przejechałam wzdłuz oceanu tysiące kilometrów szosą panamerykańska, i kapiących sie bylo niewielu, raczej surferzy.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-08-08 1:32
Excellent portrait of this well ballanced nad astonishing bird. The sea give too dynamism to the image. POV and fraing well selecetd. Pleasant deformed reflections too.
Have a nice week,
kordinator (20333) 2011-08-08 1:37
Beautiful scenes from the oceans.
We all love our work with the birds and yours.
This bird, called Long-billed Curlew, is fantastically positioned in the photo.
Excellent composition with great colors and sharpness.
An interesting informative text and excellent work in the workshop.
corjan3 (2109) 2011-08-08 6:50
I achoe all the accolades above. Very well done. Best wishes.
adramad (41950) 2011-08-08 8:57
A spectacular catch and I think hard, I guess the bird in motion should not be an easy piece.
The picture is very clear, we can see the details of its long beak, plumage and long legs, while pareccia watch you.
Beautiful natural scenery with the diagonal formed by the wave breaking in the wet sand. Well done.
Have a great evening.
jafadabret (56501) 2011-08-08 9:06
Cet oiseau de rivage est superbe et ta photo le met bien en valeur. J'aime la lumičre et les reflets.
mauro61 (52855) 2011-08-08 10:26
bella cattura di questo animale dal lungo becco lungo le rive dell'Oceano.
ottimamente controllata la luce,
Fis2 (92067) 2011-08-08 11:55
Na ptakach to ja sie nie znam.
Ale ten jest ciekawy i dobrze pokazany.
paololg (31448) 2011-08-08 14:08
Ciao dear Mariusz,
interesting and pleasant image of this sea bird, captured in a pose that it seems to dance the twist :-)))
You have right to specify that you do not want an account on TrekNature, to me the adminis have advised many times! :-( Perfect picture quality, as always, accompanied by interesting notes. Bravo!
Ciao, have a nice Tuesday!
raszid62 (18515) 2011-08-08 16:10
Przepraszam, że tak długo się nie odzywałem, ale przeprowadziłem się i robię w tej chwili generalny remont mieszkania.
Piękna przyrodnicza fotografia przedstawiająca morskiego ptaka na skraju morskich fal. Doskonale skomponowany obraz w doskonałej jakości.
Graal (101082) 2011-08-08 23:06
kulik dlugodzioby - tak sie nazywa ptak po polsku (wikipedia). Interesujacy portret i informacje w notce. Temat dobry takze do TN.
eldancer1 (33803) 2011-08-17 9:31
Very nice capture of this bird as if enjoying the ocean but actually looking for dinner. Details are sharp with wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (33579)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-05-22
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Northern California 2011
- Theme(s): Birdwatching by Mariusz [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-08-06 23:38