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Baby - Spotted Sandpiper

Baby - Spotted Sandpiper
Photo Information
Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-23 19:15
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Done at Osprey Marsh, a little park 10 minutes drive from my home.

Today I saw for the first time a Spotted Sandpiper with 3 babies as big as sparows. They were running very fast along the shore of the pond beeping and hiding in the weeds. At one point the father flew on the other side of the pond and one of the babies followed … swimming! I was worried, for I didn’t want to separate them from their parent, and I left them alone. I came back a little later and I saw all 4 of them all right, together.

"The most widespread breeding sandpiper in North America, the Spotted Sandpiper breeds along the edges of nearly any water source throughout the northern half of the continent. It is at home around urban ponds as well as tundra pools.

Medium-sized shorebird.
Legs moderately long.
Neck moderately long.
Bill medium-sized.
Back brown.
Underparts white with distinct round spots.
Constantly bobs its tail and rear end up and down as it walks.

Size: 18-20 cm (7-8 in)
Wingspan: 37-40 cm (15-16 in)
Weight: 34-50 g (1.2-1.77 ounces)

Other Names
Chevalier grivelé (French)
Playero coleador (Spanish)

Cool Facts
-The female Spotted Sandpiper is the one who establishes and defends the territory. She arrives at the breeding grounds earlier than the male. In other species of migratory birds, where the male establishes the territory, he arrives earlier.

-The male takes the primary role in parental care, incubating the eggs and taking care of the young. One female may lay eggs for up to four different males at a time."

(from "ALL About Birds")

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Hi Mario.
Excellent image. Wonderful DOF, exposure and detail of this wee fella. Great pose looking at you, caught nicely.

New Zealand

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-07-23 21:55]

Hi Mario, I've never seen one of these guys so young. Excellent shot of this sandpiper. You've captured an interesting pose of this guy. It almost looks like he's standing on his toes, speaking of which, your detail there is very good. I like too how you've picked up the fine texture from the sand and water.

Thanks, John

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-24 8:33]

Hello Mario,
A very nice shot of this little one. The POV is excellent. The details on the feet are outstanding. Exposure is excellent and colors look very natural. Nice blurred background. Slight noise in my opinion, but not enough to take from photo.

bonjour Mario

superbe photo bien focusé et de beaux détails des plumes
bravo pour ton image car moi j'essaye de faire des photos
de bébé canard branchu et je n'arrive pas à mettre en focus



An outstanding image, Mario! Very sharp even though the little chick is soft and fluffy.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-24 20:06]

Hello Mario

What a wonderful capture.This sandpiper chick is posing for you.excellent details and wonderful plumage textures.The eye contact is very good.great job.TFS


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-25 12:27]

Hi Mario,
What a cute little chick :o) POV,the pose you caught, composition and the eye contact are very good. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Mario,
Very nicely captured chick, standing on his toetips...and good eye contact! Great work! Marta

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