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Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)

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Another from our trip to Cape Cod last June. The Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) - 7.25" long, 19" wingspan, 1.9oz in weight. Uncommon and local on sandy beaches where it nests just above the high-tide line. Solitary when foraging with rarely more than a few individuals found together at any one time. They have a clear mellow piping voice.

I was lucky to come across these just at the time the fledglings were appearing for the first time and I have found capturing these about the most difficult exercise to date! The tiny chicks (in versions 3,4,5,6) were scuttling around incredibly quickly, not staying still for a moment. These birds are terrific camouflage artists and it was hard to pick them out from the sandy habitat. The chicks have had to fairly aggressively cropped down. Hope you like them.

Settings:- F/5.6 1/1600sec ISO320 420mm manual handheld

Many thanks for your great response to my Downy Woodpecker - very much appreciated as ever.

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:CanonF4L 300mm IS + 1.4x extender
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:22 Nov 2009 - 5:39 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Sports / action, Wildlife / nature
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Shootme
Shootme e2 Member 5Shootme vcard England
22 Nov 2009 - 5:42 PM

2 great shots , well captured.

Jim.

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LeeFisher
LeeFisher e2 Member 559 forum postsLeeFisher vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2009 - 5:42 PM

great set of shots, v1 for me,
fish.

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brownsilent
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22 Nov 2009 - 5:43 PM

Such a lovely little bird Sylvia - a fine set of images,
Johanna

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Alec1
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22 Nov 2009 - 5:53 PM

Nice set of images.
Alec

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andy210966
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22 Nov 2009 - 6:04 PM

This is lovely Sylvia!

Andy

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arhb
arhb e2 Member 72466 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2009 - 6:12 PM

These are all worthy of singular uploads Sylvia - well detailed, and all very good in their own right.
A superb series, well taken.

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tomcat
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22 Nov 2009 - 6:14 PM

a fine image.
Apologies for not taking the time to fully view your work(or some of it, until now)

Adrian

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SurreyHillsMan
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22 Nov 2009 - 6:24 PM

Lovely set Sylvia great low POV

Jon

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SteveMoulding
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22 Nov 2009 - 7:31 PM

Beautiful set of images.
Steve.

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Maiwand
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22 Nov 2009 - 7:58 PM

Each and every one of them worthy of being shown on their own Sylvia. Great shots and I have never seen one before. The image in V1 is outstanding. Have a medal.
Ron

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TerryMcK
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22 Nov 2009 - 8:06 PM

A lovely looking little bird & a well-taken series of shots, Sylvia. And I totally agree with Ron's comment above.
Terry

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Alan_Baseley
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22 Nov 2009 - 8:15 PM

Great set,
Alan

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Steve_S
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22 Nov 2009 - 8:26 PM

Excellent series of images Sylvia, all show great detail but v1 is outstanding
Steve

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chalkhillblue
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22 Nov 2009 - 8:34 PM

What a super set of images of this beautiful bird, V1 superb, V6 absolutely delightful, great work Sylvia.
David

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pluckyfilly
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22 Nov 2009 - 8:35 PM

great set with good detail

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Bob_V
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22 Nov 2009 - 9:15 PM

Six excellent images, so well captured and presented.
Bob

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Shroomer
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22 Nov 2009 - 9:58 PM

Wonderful detail and a super series Sylvia. Typical Plover never staying still for long always busy. Captured in detail and great natural settings
Super series
Richard

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22 Nov 2009 - 10:36 PM

Fantastic set of images Sylvia - well captured indeed

Chris

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franfoto
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22 Nov 2009 - 10:51 PM

A great set to view, the chicks are so cute and your reflexes must be spot on to have captured them all as well as you have done. Version 1 is a beauty with some lovely detail, cant say I've ever seen one of these before.
Fran

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KevinWalsham
23 Nov 2009 - 8:11 AM

wow what a cracking set of image all well captured and great detail

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23 Nov 2009 - 9:44 AM

An excellent set - absolutely pin sharp, good colours and a great pov on the shots

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Malty
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23 Nov 2009 - 2:48 PM

A truly beautiful set of images Sylvia - Well taken indeed

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Gezina
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23 Nov 2009 - 7:01 PM

Cracking set of images the chick is just so cute but the detail and colour in V1 is outstanding - as my award only became availble today it is all yours, well worth a gold star - Ina

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maratsuikka
23 Nov 2009 - 9:20 PM


Quote: These are all worthy of singular uploads Sylvia - well detailed, and all very good in their own right.
A superb series, well taken.

just the same....

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2009 - 10:26 AM

Thank you all so much for your great response to this set of pictures and a SPECIAL thank you to arhb, maiwand and gezina for their User Awards - I've never ever had three UAs at the same time for one set of images and am floating along on the proverbial Cloud # Nine Smile
Sylvia

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24 Nov 2009 - 11:38 AM

Wonderful images all I do not know how I missed these the other day ... excllent and all worthy of a singular upload in their own right thanks for sharing Colin

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24 Nov 2009 - 10:35 PM

What a beauty Sylvia - amazing response to a well deserved image
Helen

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25 Nov 2009 - 10:16 PM

A cracking set Sylvia of yet another bird I haven't seen before, the chicks are just so cute and you did well to catch them running around as you did, congrats on the well deserved awards Wink
Geoff.

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25 Nov 2009 - 10:34 PM

wow, absolutely winners!!
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