Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)

by Bob Chappell September. 19, 2020 156 views
Ruff (Philomachus pugnax), RSPB Titchwell (Norfolk), August 2019

Ruff (Philomachus pugnax), RSPB Titchwell (Norfolk), August 2019

When my wife and I began birdwatching one of the first waders we spotted was a ruff at RSPB Frampton Marsh (Lincolnshire). We had trouble identifying it, and so did one of the RSPB volunteers. However, another volunteer pointed out that ruffs are so varied, it's almost a case of 'If it's not something else, it's a ruff'.

They are cute little birds to photograph and will spend time wading in shallow water in front of the Island Hide at RSPB Titchwell, as this one did last summer. My aim is to make sure that the sun is at such an angle that there are no shadows on the neck of the bird and this is one of my favourite shots of the ruff. The movement of the bird spoiled the reflection somewhat, but I still love this photo.

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Adrian Morris 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Nice picture.

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