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PIC OF THE WEEK: 06/02/14 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2014 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

American Oystercatcher

(Haematopus palliatus)

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

Notes: I am always amazed at how quickly a photo-op can happen. I don’t mean the 1/400th or 1/2000th of a second often used as a shutter speed, but the rapid rate at which circumstances change. When this photo was taken, I was already at a low vantage point, with my camera and lens on the tripod as low as it would go. We were blessed to have a couple, perhaps a mating pair, of Piping Plover feeding on the beach at close range that evening. The light was soft and to my back as is desired. I followed the little Plover through the camera’s viewfinder, my attention became immersed in tracking its movement and actions. That is when I heard a distant voice saying, “Bob, look to your left.” So I eased back to see where the voice was coming from when I noticed this Oystercatcher only 20 or less feet off my left side. I slowly swung the camera ninety degrees and began to follow this new subject. After a few rounds of shots, I returned my focus to the Piping Plover as it finally headed toward a small puddle (SEE: PIC OF THE WEEK: 04/28/14).

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 = 1/2500 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: AiServo • Lens (Focal) Length = 700 mm • ISO = 250 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~25 Feet • Date Shot: 04-27-14

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