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Least Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-02 7:51
Viewed: 1795
Points: 8
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considering the size (so tiny) and yellow legs, i think, it was a Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla). otherwise, the patterns at the throat, chest and around the eyes were confusing me. but, not impossible, i think.. depending on the bird being a mature or immature one.

the bird was so cute. mainly, behaviour-wise.
it was my third day in Shelby Farms Park. the morning was sunny and lovely. i saw this tiny thing.. walking along the shore of a big lake. close to this bird, some Mallards were there. the Mallards looked so huge when with this bird!

and then, there were some other ducks and geese too. our tiny Sandpiper was self-absorbed. inserting its bill in wet sand.. searching for food?.. may be.
well, anytime, if a big duck had honked.. and that all of a sudden, this tiny bird used to get so frightened and unbalanced as if almost falling down! i found this act so cute :)
the fact is, those second consecutive honks had no effect on this bird, as if already alert by then. the bird seemed to be so absent-mined! don't know, by nature.. or something was going on in its mind.

they say, Least Sandpipers might appear in flocks of dozens or hundreds. okay. but i saw only one bird over there. this one.

well, this is my 200th post too. quite a long journey? thinking :)

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hello Ruby
Congratulation with the 200th post on TN

a very nice and fresh picture
good composition with great sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Ruby,
Beautiful photo to celebrate this milestone, congratulations. I think you got right about the ID. Attractive natural colours and fine sharpness and details. Nice pose with eye contact.
Hope to see a lot more.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
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Hello Ruby, "Congratulations" on your 200th post!!
You are finding all kinds of interesting things while down in Tenn. Do you know I have never gotten a shot of a shore bird like this. I just can't seem to be in the right place at the right time I guess.
This is certainly a beautiful Sandpiper, and you have shown it off very well. Love the excellent detail and the way it seems to be looking at you from a side glance. I see you even managed to capture a little catchlight in it's eye. Great work!!

Nice sharp capture Ruby of this sun drenched and puffed up sandpiper sandwiched between the rocky foreground and the calmness of the blue broken only by those opportune ripples. Nicely done and best wishes.

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