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PIC OF THE WEEK: 10/27/14 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2014 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Dunlin

(Calidris alpina)

Where: Door County, WI • Chambers Island - Hanover Shoals

Notes: This encounter with this species in its breeding plumage felt like a bit of a redemption opportunity. I had taken some decent photos of Dunlin in its winter plumage, but on a spring trip a few years ago, I only got a few poor shots. Either the light was unfavorable or the subject was obstructed. So when this small flock of Dunlin was spotted out on the point at Hanover Shoals, it raised my hopes for better images. It took fifty feet or so of creeping across the rocks and sand to approach their position. With myself and my gear lowered, I first lifted forward the tripod and camera, and then followed on my knees, crawling forward. Finally I was at a spot along the shore where the late afternoon light was at my back. I sat still and waited. The birds looked up at me, but soon went back to feeding, a sign that they are comfortable with my presence. A couple of times the flock took flight. Wings twittering, they circled out over the water and quickly returned, landing right in front of me (lower right). The deep blue sky reflecting in the waves added a nice contrast to the rusty back of this bird. It turned to just the right position to expose its black belly patch and long down-turned beak. Typically the females have a slightly longer beak in this species. At the time of year this photograph was taken, this little sandpiper would have been on its northward migration route to Alaska or northern Canada, where it breeds.

Small Bird Photo 1

Small Bird Photo 2
Photo: Naseem Reza

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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-101

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/4000 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: AiServo • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 200 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~20 Feet • Date Shot: 05-28-14

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