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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
Voters:john_starkey · heron · SLH1979 · CarolG · Devon_Wild · thetailor · TonyDy · stevebidmead · Gray_ina · pluckyfilly · RonnieAG · Alan_Baseley · Ade_Osman · johnjo58 · bricurtis · Len1950 · Pricegrah · Daisymaye · prabhusinha · anders25 · mex · Maiwand · SteveMoulding · Lillian · ValSaxby · nobby1 · WindowonWildlife · Brian_Scott · Mike_Smith · Glostopcat · DaveBartlett · andylea · bagman · Ray42 · TerryMcK · Shroomer · Big_Beavis ·
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john_starkey
7 Aug 2011 - 10:15 AM

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

John.

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SLH1979
SLH1979  5 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2011 - 10:23 AM

Nice composition, really crisp shot.

Sarah

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CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 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  8 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  7
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
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7 Aug 2011 - 11:02 AM

well exposed shot superb detail

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RonnieAG
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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  5 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 Plus Member 124521 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 Plus Member 101977 forum postsbricurtis vcard England49 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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7 Aug 2011 - 1:52 PM

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

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7 Aug 2011 - 2:09 PM

An awesome capture.

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding Plus Member 6SteveMoulding 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
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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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7 Aug 2011 - 3:35 PM

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

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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  637 forum posts 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  7 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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