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Probing for Food

Probing for Food
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-17 19:55
Viewed: 4854
Points: 60
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These tiny and very fast birds are found on almost every beach. Running in and out with the waves, they are constantly probing in the sand for a snack. They are normally pretty skittish and will run away from anyone walking by. I have found that when I sit or lay down near the tide line and remain motionless, they will come in pretty close.

I caught some really nice soft light on this morning. This guy was so busy feeding that he did not notice me until he was about 10 feet away. By then, I had gotten a few shots off. I liked this one for the reflection I caught in the receding water.

Sanderling - Calidris alba

An abundant shorebird. A worldwide species of sandpiper belonging to the family Scolopacidae (order Charadriiformes). Sanderlings nest on barrens near the sea around the North Pole, and they winter on sandy beaches virtually everywhere.

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Well timed - great shot with excellent sharpness, colour and detail.
Very nice...

hello scott,
nice capture, the timing is perfect, well composed shot, sharp image, good lighting,
well done,
tfs & regards

hello Scott

this is a great shot, the details of the bird are excelent
and it is that reflexion on water that i like most of your photo



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-17 21:13]

Hi Scott,

What fantastic timing you had to get this shot. I love the wonderful reflection. Beautiful colors and razor sharp details. The lighting is superb.


Hello Scott,
Nice action has been captured!
Seems like he just found some food...
Wonderful light and super details in the plumage, the blurry reflection adds interest value!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-18 3:17]

Hi Scott,
I liked the pose you captured, your low POV, lighting and the color tones. TFS
Best wishes

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-18 4:47]

This is a real stunner, Scott!
The details are so crisp! and I love the reflection! Simply perfect all around

Stunning plumage deatil on thi sone Scott
And great light as you say has given an almost perfect exposure
Great low-down POV and cool composition.


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-10-18 7:18]

Great technique often separates the amateur from the pro. It looks like you were well rewarded for your effort here. Very beautiful and so excellent!
Good job mf!

Hello Scott,
Very good low pov and the exposure and focus is spot on!
good sharpness, vivid colour and details
well done and well seen

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-19 7:51]

Hi Scott.
What can I say? It is wonderful at highest range. I like all at this amazing picture. True 3D-effect, terrific clear fine colours and so tremendous sharpness and details of the bird image and scenery. I like perfectly selected DOF. As a rule I don't like too blurred BG in similar scene and rigidly outlined sharply displayed field. You have presented the nice scenery excellently. Bravo and my best wishes.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-19 7:51]

Hi Scott

Beautiful image, I love the pose and the reflection. Great POV, sharp details and lovely light.

It looks like the story of Echo and Narcissus where Nacissus falls in love with his own reflection



Hi Scott,
precisely focussed, very clearly captured seabird amidst its rapidly moving playground of roaring waters and breaking waves. Very clear details, delightfully subtle colours, a perfectly well balanced composition.
Thank you! With best regards,

Hi Scott, beautiful drinking bird with great details, excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Scott,
Great to capture this Sanderling in its natural behavior. The image is sharp and well illuminated. Great composition. Very well done and tfs.

Hello Scott.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-20 7:13]

Hello Scott, that's a really fine picture of that fast guy ! Very good lighting on that beautiful composition with great reflections. Sharp and well exposed. Thanks,


Hello Scott
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Perfect pose,lighting and DOF,Welldone.

Good Luck

Hi Scott,
I first thought that you used your flash, but it seems that nature gave you this awesome light to work with. The sunlight must have reflected of the thin layer of water. DOF and details are perfect, and that reflection does make the photo even more special.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-21 7:26]

Hello Scott,
Great shot of a Sanderling in its typical habitat. Excellent detail, lighting, composition and note. I recently took a shot of a Dunlin that came close while I did what you did to catch this guy, but I didn't have such good light.
Well done and TFS!

Hi, Scott.
Nice action shot. Beautiful light. Excellent sharpness, details and colors.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-21 9:35]

Hello Scott,
I love the Sanderlings, they're beautiful birds and it is fun to watch their behaviour on the beach. They seem so busy looking for food and are not that difficult to approach.
You've captured it really well here showing it in a typical pose and with very sharp details of the plumage. Fine colours and a beautiful composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-21 18:51]

Hello Scott

A wonderful low POV and beautiful reflection.It gives the feeling of being right there with the sanderling.The plumage detail is excellent with very good contrast ans colour saturation.Well composed in the frame.The lighting is perfect.TFS


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-10-22 6:50]

Hi Scott, Great shot and nice moment to catch. The Sanderling has great detail on the plumage and is pin sharp, great light and colours with lovely reflection.
Lovely composition.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-10-23 12:58]

Hello Scott
What a curious bird and what a fantastic capture of it, so sharp and with so clear details! He looks too busy indeed and it results a good document for the species.
I like a lot the shape and colour of his plumes.
Magnificent job!

So beautiful, exquiste! I love the reflection of the bird. I can see every feather, every little detail pefect, wonderful work!

I still have interent problems, constant drop-offs Scott, I really don't have any hair left now..The POV here is fantastic, puts you right there with the bird..The reflection, detail, DOF, exposure, and color all come together to make this post great..
A pleasure to view your work, you have an eye for the shot..sometimes hard to come by :)
Very well done.

Hi Scott
Perfect capture with Great lighting. Excellent detail and perfect exposure.
Very nicely done!!!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2007-11-09 3:15]

Hi Scott,
good shot, great light, colours and DOF. Very nice view with reflections. I like it.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-12-24 0:34]
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Hi Scott

Here's just to say I'm missing you around the site...

Thanks for this lovely image and also for all the wonderful postings you shared with us throughout the year.

All the best for you and your loved ones during this festive season and beyond into the New Year that looms ahead.

May God shower his choicest blessings on you and your family this Christmas, and for the New Year I wish for you:
Health to Enjoy each day in Comfort,
Copious measures of Love from Friends and Family,
The Exquisite Beauty of Nature,
Wisdom to Choose priorities Sensibly,
Prosperity and the Best of everything,
Generosity so you may Share the above,
Overflowing Happiness and Abundant Joy,
and a Youthful Excitement at life's Simple Pleasures,

Warmest regards

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