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~Spotted Sandpiper~

~Spotted Sandpiper~
Photo Information
Copyright: Angela Reigelman (MommaMiaX3) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 0 N: 215] (737)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS 12X Zoom, 52mm UV filter
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-26 8:56
Viewed: 3144
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This fellow was out at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Preserve on Sanibel Island. There is a long dirt path, that you can pull off and walk down. We seemed to be the only people that decided this was a good idea! When you make your way all the way to the end it opens up into the glorious Pine Island Sound. A beautiful beach like point, it's an amazing spot! ( I bet you have seen it Scott :) Oh and Jane, today you have a big does of water, yesterday I gave you a little too it was just murky :D

One little side note, today is my daughter's 12th Birthday, I wonder how one has a 12 year anniversary yesterday and a 12 year old daughter today? :|Happy Birthday Laurel :D Many apologies if I am late in responding, yesterday and today, we have been incredibly busy! Take care my TN friends, I'll talk to you all soon.

Wiki Says:

The Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularia) is a small shorebird, 18-20 cm long. Together with its sister species, the Common Sandpiper (A. hypoleucos) they make up the genus Actitis. They replace each other geographically; stray birds may settle down with breeders of the other species and hybridize.

Their breeding habitat is near fresh water across most of Canada and the United States. They migrate to the southern United States and South America, and are very rare vagrants to western Europe. These are not gregarious birds and are seldom seen in flocks.

Adults have short yellowish legs and an orange bill with a dark tip. The body is brown on top and white underneath with black spots. Non-breeding birds, depicted below, do not have the spotted underparts, and are very similar to the Common Sandpiper of Eurasia; the main difference is the more washed-out wing pattern visible in flight and the normally light yellow legs and feet of the Spotted Sandpiper. The Acititis species have a distinctive stiff-winged flight low over the water.

Spotted Sandpipers nest on the ground. Females may mate with more than one male, leaving incubation to them.

These birds forage on ground or water, picking up food by sight. They may also catch insects in flight. They eat insects, crustaceans and other invertebrates. As they forage, they can be recognized by their constant nodding and teetering.

Jamesp, JoseMiguel, jaycee, jmirah, ridvan, Adanac, MMM has marked this note useful
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-26 9:06]

Hi Ange

Very good shot - good composition - bird on edge looking in, good DOF and nice colours.



Hi Angela,
A very clear capture of this sandpipper!
I like tour POV and the pose of the bird catched.
Very good the effect of the transparencies seen through the water.
You made a lovely composition with all the elements here.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Angela,
Acceptable sharpness, well composed.
Beautiful bird.

Hi Angela,
Nice shot of this Sandpiper. I like the pose, pov, and natural settings. Sharpness and exposure are great. TFS this fine image.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-26 10:52]

Hi Ange,

Lovely shot of the sandpiper. Nice colors and details in a lovely setting as always.


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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-04-26 12:22]

Hi Angela,
A very clear and life-like photo. Natural colors good definition. Well done.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-26 14:31]

selam Angela; excellent shot and nice comp with nice colours.nice POV ,good BG and eye contact of this lovely bird. TFS
well done

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-26 21:21]

Hi Ange,
Awk pretty bird, pretty bird and excellent capture with lovely composition, I have not seen this bird so your teaching me again, thanks for your fine work Ange.

Good shot , Ange . Sandpipers are fun to capture , and you did a great job . That S2 you have is getting a good workout , and you have the knack . TFS , Kevin .

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-27 4:55]

Nice shot and very good composition/.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-04-27 20:31]

Hello Angela
Nice capture of that Sandpipers.Sharp image with beautiful colors with excellent POV.I like the purity of the water
TFS Michel

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