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Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularia)

By teocali
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

Tags: Usa Spotted Wildbird Waterbird Sandpiper Massachusetts Cape cod Wildlife and nature Actitis-macularia

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Comments


john_starkey 6 1 3 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2011 10:15AM
Very nice shot,look's it's spotted you,

John.

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7 Aug 2011 10:23AM
Nice composition, really crisp shot.

Sarah
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
7 Aug 2011 10:29AM
A superb capture, Sylvia, and a wonderful pose. Reminds me of the wonderful film of the same name, starring Burton and Taylor Smile Carol
Devon_Wild 6 8 1 England
7 Aug 2011 10:35AM
What a little beauty, great capture ........Rob
Great image well done.Regards DavidSmile
TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2011 10:44AM
Lovely shot, Sylvia.
Tony
7 Aug 2011 10:53AM
Hi Sylvia this is beautiful, well captured, a new one for me regards gray.
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2011 11:02AM
well exposed shot superb detail
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
7 Aug 2011 11:05AM
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.
johnjo58 6 2 5 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2011 12:14PM
Top notch photography Sylvia, very crisp and clear with excellent composition
Johnjo
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
7 Aug 2011 12:14PM
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
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
7 Aug 2011 12:52PM
I like the sideways glance of the bird and you have fabulous clarity in the plumage markings Sylvia.
Brian.
7 Aug 2011 1:52PM
An excellent capture. Superb dof.............Sandy
7 Aug 2011 2:09PM
An awesome capture.
Stunning close-up. Excellent well timed capture with superb fine, sharp detail and great colour.
Steve.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
7 Aug 2011 3:30PM
Excellent shot of this extremely smart and attractive shore bird Sylvia. Sharp focus,low POV, and good exposure has really done the business.
Ron
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2011 3:35PM
Great capture Sylvia, and so well detailed in the plumage
Lillian
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
7 Aug 2011 9:24PM
Delighted to make this one a RC Sylvia, the detail and clarity in the plumage is sublime
andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2011 11:20PM
an absolute cracker sylvia brilliant detal wonderful comp a stunner nice one Wink
andy
Ray42 8 3 England
8 Aug 2011 7:08AM

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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