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A flight of ruffs


This picture was taken at the Soetdoring Nature Reserve near Bloemfontein in the Free State. The ruffs are migrators that breed in the Northern Hemisphere. In South Africa most of them can be seen in and around inland water.



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Joli vol d'oiseaux.
Louis: Merci, Martine.
A beautiful photo of these ducks in flight.
Louis: Them ducks are ruffs. The ruff is an inland wader bird. They breed in the Northern Hemisphere, but not in the Americas.
Nice capture Louis.
Louis: Thank you, Frank.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Jan 2020, 02:36
What a crisp and wonderful image!
Louis: Thanks Ray - I saw their intent to fly, just in time.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Jan 2020, 05:43
They look as if they are in full flight Louis, fleeing from you and your mighty lens
Louis: That lens covers the distance in no time smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 13 Jan 2020, 05:52
Spot on. Beautifully caught in flight, Louis - not an easy thing to do
Louis: Thank you, Lisl. Not easy, but practise makes for improvement.
Man alive. They sure do get around. And thankfully so, Louis, so that you could capture them for us!
Louis: Thank you, Ginnie. They do get around.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Jan 2020, 07:28
This is so beautiful, Louis.
Of course I did a search and found out that these are "Kemphanen". A species that is almost gone from the Netherlands but go to Africa to "overwinteren"...
So you are a lucky man to spot these "kemphanen".
Louis: Kemphaan is also the Afrikaans name. During our summer you will find them at almost every lake or dam, wading in the shallow water.
That's a series lens Louis and you clearly know how to use it
Louis: Amazing sharp at 600mm.
That should read serious lens
Louis: Not to worry - I picked it up, where it fell.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 13 Jan 2020, 08:48
I like the way they are caught in a large variety of flying actions.
Louis: It also helps me with identification.
The orange tails are something. We call them sandpipers and have many species.
Louis: The orange is their legs stretched backwards. It does look like part of the tail at a quick glance. The ruff is a member of the sandpiper family. The ruff migrate between the North and South hemisphere, but are not found in the Americas. In the North where they breed, they have a somewhat different plumage and get involved in courting and skirmishes. The Dutch name "kemphaan" will translate to "fighting cock". Here you can see them in their breeding plumage up North and read about their fascinating breeding habits https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/among-ruffs-some-fight-loving-fighters-dont-like-to-fight/
Spot on with your capture Louis, I'm presuming with a 600mm.lens you were using a tripod.
Louis: Thank you, Brian. No tripod - one forfeits too much speed (of personal movement) in the process.
Shore birds for us.
Louis: The term the birders use is "waders" (as opposed to swimmers). They keep to the side of the splashes of water they choose. The types of water are dams and lakes, with shallow sides.
Wow, that's an insight into their world, Louis! Great picture smile
Louis: Thank you, Martin.
a great capture of the action Louis....petersmile
Louis: Thank you, kind sir.

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