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PIC OF THE WEEK: 12/02/13 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2013 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Greater Yellowlegs

(Tringa melanoleuca)

Where: Chincoteague, VA • Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Notes: Sometimes after a bit of scouting an area, there is no compelling subject around. I then reconsider what I did see. Was there an opportunity missed, or as in this case, a chance to better previous images of a species I did see? The wind was unusually still that morning despite the prevailing chill in the air. So, I located a spot that leaned itself to the possibility of capturing some reflections. Normally I would prefer to be down at eye level with the bird, but when shooting reflections, a higher vantage point reduces the introduction of unwanted background clutter. As the mud-flats adjacent to my position became more and more exposed by the receding tide, the closer this long-legged sandpiper approached. With each pass it came in closer and closer. As it foraged for small minnows and crustaceans in the tidal shallows, it finally is crossed the shallows far enough out to clear out any land objects within the frame. While there were better reflection when this sandpiper stood still, I thought it more prudent to show its long yellow legs, that it was so appropriately named for. The best images always come when the picture is imagined first, and then preparation and chance can take over.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-1010 • Canon 1.4X Teleconverter II

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/1600 second • Aperture = f-8 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: AiServo • Lens (Focal) Length = 560 mm (400mm w/teleconverter) • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~35 Feet • Date Shot: 11-29-13

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