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PIC OF THE WEEK: 01/20/14 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2014 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Semipalmated Plover

(Charadrius semipalmatus)

Where: Pinellas County, FL • Fort De Soto Park

Notes: This is another image from our winter whirlwind loop down through the Everglades and back. As part of our return route, we looked forward to exploring Fort De Soto on the Gulf coast of Florida for the first time. A little research indicated that it might be a really good location for shorebirds, and it did not disappoint. Upon arriving, I was concerned when I first saw the large parking lots; that perhaps it may be too busy with people to have many birds. But as it turned out, the popularity of the white sandy beaches was a blessing. It seems that most of the sandpipers there were so acclimated to the beach combers, that the birds mostly ignored their presence. Several times people strolled right through a large group of sandpipers and the birds would only creep out of the way just far enough to keep from getting stepped on and little more. We were photographing a Black-bellied Plover and a Dunlin on a small inlet puddle at close range, when this cute little Plover flew in and joined the small group. It searched along the water's edge in one general direction, so I moved and took up a position a few yards ahead. I layed down low to get an eye-level perspective, so it would be at a preferred distance, and so the light direction would be at its best. I also opened the f-stop a little to allow focus on the entire bird at such close range. Soon enough the bird passed right in front of me, then it turned after a few minutes and strolled past me again!

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 600mm f-4 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-1010

Exposure: 1/1250 second • Ape6ture = f-7.1 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: AiServo • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~15 Feet • Date Shot: 12-28-13

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