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649 views on 17.06.2014

Specie: Ruff
Location: ZOO, Warsaw, Poland

The Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) is a medium-sized wading bird that breeds in marshes and wet meadows across northern Eurasia. This highly gregarious sandpiper is migratory and sometimes forms huge flocks in its winter grounds, which include southern and western Europe, Africa, southern Asia and Australia.

The Ruff is a long-necked, pot-bellied bird. This species shows marked sexual dimorphism; the male is much larger than the female (the reeve), and has a breeding plumage that includes brightly coloured head tufts, bare orange facial skin, extensive black on the breast, and the large collar of ornamental feathers that inspired this bird’s English name.

The Ruff forages in wet grassland and soft mud, probing or searching by sight for edible items. It primarily feeds on insects, especially in the breeding season, but it will consume plant material, including rice and maize, on migration and in winter. Classified as “least concern” on the IUCN Red List criteria, the global conservation concerns are relatively low because of the large numbers that breed in Scandinavia and the Arctic. However, the range in much of Europe is contracting because of land drainage, increased fertiliser use, the loss of mown or grazed breeding sites, and over-hunting.

Date taken: 11.05.2012
Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO
1/1250s * F/3.2 * 151mm * ISO800

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  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    Beautifully composed!

  • Thank you :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroover 1 year ago

    well capture

  • Thank you :)

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  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Whatta sweetie…a marbled godwit…maybe….Lovely capture!!

  • Thank you very much :))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibover 1 year ago

    Superb capture Dominika!

  • Thank you very much :))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 1 year ago

    Excellent plumage detail in this bird, and it shows well against the muted background.

  • Thank you! :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 1 year ago

    Gorgeous capture Dominika!

  • Thank you :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamover 1 year ago

    he’s great – wonderful pic dominika !

  • it’s “she” :) thank you!

    – Dominika Aniola

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoover 1 year ago

    Great :-D

  • Thank you :))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carterover 1 year ago

    beautiful exposure

  • Thank you Robyn :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaabout 1 year ago

    Very nice shot, Dominika of this beautiful bird.

  • Thanks Ralph. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

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