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PIC OF THE WEEK: 07/05/11 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2011 PICS

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Piping Plover

(Charadrius melodus)

Where: Outer Banks, NC • Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Notes: I was especially pleased to have seen this little shorebird, because this species is now considered "nearly threatened," The day before this photo was taken, I had spotted this sparrow-sized bird foraging along the edge of the surf, well in the distance. The tide was most of the way out that day, so I returned the next morning around the same time in hopes of seeing it again. Just below the high tidal zone, long and narrow puddles had been stranded by the receding ocean. These shallow tidal pools are often the favored foraging grounds for sandpipers and other shorebirds. Arriving at the beach, I looked southward and then to the north; a Sanderling, a couple of Eastern Willets and a Ruddy Turnstone, but no plover. I turned slowly to watch a group of Royal Terns landing on the newly exposed flats to my right, when I noticed a white tennis ball shaped object out of the corner of my eye. It was the Piping Plover! And it was only a few yards behind me. I slowly set down my chair and lowered myself to the ground. Soon I was laying belly down on the wet sand with my camera propped up by my elbows. The bird continued to stroll and stop, stroll and stop in the usual plover fashion. Soon it was heading straight towards me and I clicked off a few shots. Eventually it flew off in the direction of the nearby nesting colony and was out of sight.

Small Bird Photo 1

Small Bird Photo 2

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Equipment: Canon EOS 40D • Canon 400mm Prime USM L Series Lens f 5.6 • Hand Held

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/1600 second • Aperture = f 8 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 100 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~20 Feet • Date Shot: 06-11-11

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