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570 views on 21.12.2013

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 * 169mm * ISO800

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  • João Figueiredo
    João Figueiredoabout 2 years ago

    Very nice capture!

  • Thank you very much :))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • tinnieopener
    tinnieopenerabout 2 years ago

    CB’s Dominika:o)

  • Thank you :)))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • andy551
    andy551about 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture.. Beautiful Image

  • Thanks Andy. :))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • peaky40
    peaky40about 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture Dominika!

  • Thank you very much :))

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Cheers!

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture

  • Thank you Larry :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Joseph  Tillman
    Joseph Tillmanalmost 2 years ago

  • wow, thank you very much :D

    – Dominika Aniola

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