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Another from our Cape Cod trip in May - the Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularia). Length 7.5ins Wingspan 15ins Weight 1.4oz. Fairly uncommon, frequenting ponds and streams. Usually solitary. Constantly raises and lowers rear body, rather like a wagtail and its crouching appearance accentuated by its relatively short legs and neck. Relatively dark and unpatterned above, with a dark patch on the side of the breast.

Thank you all for your C&Cs on yesterday's Hover Fly - very much appreciated as ever Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:12 May 2011 - 8:24 PM
Focal Length:700mm 13.5m from subject, tripod
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/3200sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularia)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:7 Aug 2011 - 10:02 AM
Tags:Actitis-macularia, Cape cod, Massachusetts, Sandpiper, Spotted, Usa, Waterbird, Wildbird, Wildlife / nature
Votes:37

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john_starkey
john_starkey e2 Member 3john_starkey vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 10:15 AM

Very nice shot,look's it's spotted you,

John.

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SLH1979
SLH1979  4 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2011 - 10:23 AM

Nice composition, really crisp shot.

Sarah

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7125 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 10:29 AM

A superb capture, Sylvia, and a wonderful pose. Reminds me of the wonderful film of the same name, starring Burton and Taylor Smile Carol

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Devon_Wild
7 Aug 2011 - 10:35 AM

What a little beauty, great capture ........Rob

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thetailor
thetailor  6 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2011 - 10:37 AM

Great image well done.Regards DavidSmile

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TonyDy
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7 Aug 2011 - 10:44 AM

Lovely shot, Sylvia.
Tony

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  5
7 Aug 2011 - 10:53 AM

Hi Sylvia this is beautiful, well captured, a new one for me regards gray.

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 11:02 AM

well exposed shot superb detail

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4133 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 11:05 AM

Very nice crisp shot, Sylvia, the plumage detail the tops, a nice tilt to the head and with a nice twinkle in it's eye.
Ronnie.

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 3johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 12:14 PM

Top notch photography Sylvia, very crisp and clear with excellent composition
Johnjo

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114435 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 12:14 PM

Beautiful capture Sylvia, especially like the catchlight in the eye.

Can't think why you didn't have much success with the moths last night?.....I know it was a little chilly, but not that cold. I didn't bother last night because of the weather forecast was for heavy showers, and they weren't kidding either! It thundered down in the night and it's still raining here at the moment. which is a bummer as we were going to take a trip down to the Levels today.....Grrrrrr......Keep at it though mate and I'm sure you'll start getting some good results soon.....

Ade

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 81873 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 12:52 PM

I like the sideways glance of the bird and you have fabulous clarity in the plumage markings Sylvia.
Brian.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 1:52 PM

An excellent capture. Superb dof.............Sandy

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 2:09 PM

An awesome capture.

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 3:30 PM

Stunning close-up. Excellent well timed capture with superb fine, sharp detail and great colour.
Steve.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 3:30 PM

Excellent shot of this extremely smart and attractive shore bird Sylvia. Sharp focus,low POV, and good exposure has really done the business.
Ron

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 4Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 3:35 PM

Great capture Sylvia, and so well detailed in the plumage
Lillian

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Glostopcat
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7 Aug 2011 - 9:24 PM

Delighted to make this one a RC Sylvia, the detail and clarity in the plumage is sublime

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andylea
andylea e2 Member 537 forum postsandylea vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 11:20 PM

an absolute cracker sylvia brilliant detal wonderful comp a stunner nice one Wink
andy

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2011 - 7:08 AM


Quote: Excellent shot of this extremely smart and attractive shore bird Sylvia. Sharp focus,low POV, and good exposure has really done the business.
Ron

Just what I was going to say - well summed up Ron - a cracking shot Sylvia

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