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PIC OF THE WEEK: 04/28/14 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2014 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Piping Plover

(Charadrius melodus)

Where: Chincoteague, VA • Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)

Notes: When I first spotted a pair of these little tennis ball shaped sandpipers down the beach at Chincoteague NWR, I did a double-take. Piping Plovers are globally threatened and endangered. Observing that they were foraging in my direction, I spread my tripod legs flat open and laid low in the sand, tummy down. I was about twenty feet back off the waterline. Sure enough the birds eventually made their way down the beach, coming in closer and closer. It was approaching high tide and a large wave splashed up onto the dry sand just in front of me, leaving a small puddle high on the beach. Since Piping Plovers forage for insects, marine worms, and crustaceans around the edge of the high tidal zone, I could only hope that one of these sandy-colored peeps would stop to inspect the shallow water. The light continued to soften as the sun neared the western horizon. This is ideal lighting for a subject with such contrasting plumage. Finally this sandpiper came into reach of the lens as it searched for its evening meal. Finally it noticed the little pool of water and came in for inspection. I clicked off as many frames as I could as the bird stepped off into the puddle, just as I had hoped. The perfect end to a fabulous day spent with good friends and partnership.

Small Bird Photo 1

Small Bird Photo 2

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 500mm f-4 Prime USM L Series Lens • Canon 1.4X Teleconverter II • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-101

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/1250 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: AiServo • Lens (Focal) Length = 700 mm • ISO = 640 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~15 Feet • Date Shot: 04-27-14

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