Female Ruff by Dominika Aniola

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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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  • casa
    casaabout 2 years ago

    Very nice – love the textures and composition

  • Thank you :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaabout 2 years ago

    Love the markings on this bird. Lovely shot.

  • Thank you Ralph. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful image and history of the bird :o)

  • Thank you very much :))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • peaky40
    peaky40about 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture Dominika!

  • Thanks a lot!! :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroalmost 2 years ago

  • Cheers!

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Cheers!

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  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    February 7, 2012

    Beautiful work

  • Thank you very much!! :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you Larry :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Delightful…wonderfully framed!

  • Thank you :))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 1 year ago

    September 23, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you!

    – Dominika Aniola

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