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Semipalmated Sandpiper

(Calidris pusilla)

Where:Door County, WI • Chambers Island

Notes: Sometimes getting a birds eye view means lowering the tripod to its lowest height of about six inches and laying on my stomach. From that flat on the ground position, I can often creep in a bit closer to the subject without disturbing it. Birds are much more approachable, when I’m not standing upright. This is typically not so hard to do on a typical sandy beach. However, some beaches along Green Bay are covered with small stones in places, making a belly-crawl a bit more challenging and uncomfortable. This small “peep” was wandering back and forth along the tip of Chambers Island’s southern peninsula, know as Hanover Shoals. It would occasionally cross over the crest of the shoreline, rendering me out of sign for a minute. When that happened, I would creep in a little closer. Forty feet later I was in the ideal position with the light behind me, a low point of view, and the subject at a range that did not bother the bird, yet close enough to capture good detail. As I laid still on the beach, I noticed the bird was picking small bugs off the surrounding rocks. Soon this Semipalmated Sandpiper turned and began foraging directly in my direction, it was chasing an insect. My elbows dug into the rounded rocks as I followed the action. This shot came as I tracked the little six inch Sandpiper across the point. Semipalmated means partially webbed feet and this bird is considered migratory throughout North America, except where it breeds in northern Canada, Alaska and the Hudson Bay area.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Tube • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-10

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/1,500 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: AiServo • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~20 Feet • Date Shot: 06-03-14

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