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PIC OF THE WEEK: 01/05/15 • PREVIOUS WEEKALL 2015 PICSNEXT WEEK

Where: Hilton Head, SC • Spinnaker Clubhouse Beach
Notes: The sight of a flock of Sanderlings running back and forth at the edge of the surf is irresistible to me. It looks as if they’re afraid to let their feet get wet as each wave flows at them from the surf. Then, as soon as the wave diminishes, each little sandpiper turns back and chases the water back toward the ocean, only to repeat the exodus with the next incoming wave. That is the quintessential imagery I think of when birding along the seashore, especially in the winter. They actually do this because the crustaceans and invertebrate they feed upon live in the sand right at the edge of the intertidal zone. This is where their prey is most vulnerable and near the surface of the wet sand. But this Sanderling stopped running for a moment and began nibbling on what I thought was a pine cone at the time. Later that evening, upon closer review , I discovered it was actually a Puffer Fish that had rolled up onto the beach. While Sanderlings in their non-breeding plumage are not as colorful as during other times of the year (SEE: 11-17-14 PIC OF THE WEEK), their subtle scaly back feathers and brilliant white belly make them a handsome bird. The sight of them chasing the water’s edge is always a treat to witness.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 600mm f-4 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo Series 3 Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-101
Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/8000 second • Aperture = f-4 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: AiServo • Lens (Focal) Length = 600 mm • ISO = 640 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~18 Feet • Date Shot: 11-30-14

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