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Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-03-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7100, Nikon 300mm VR 2.8 D + TC 2X
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-03-11 12:27
Viewed: 2119
Points: 10
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In the lagune of Somone in Senegal you will find many sanderlings. A cute bird that is not very shy.The Sanderling (Calidris alba) is a small wading bird. It is a circumpolar Arctic breeder, and is a long-distance migrant, wintering south to South America, South Europe, Africa, and Australia. It is highly gregarious in winter, sometimes forming large flocks on coastal mudflats or sandy beaches.

It is somewhat unlike other sandpipers in appearance, which has led to the suggestion that it should be placed into a monotypic genus Crocethia. A more recent review (Thomas et al., 2004) indicates, however, that the Sanderling is a fairly typical "stint" or small sandpiper and should be separated from the large knots with its closest relatives in a distinct genus.

This bird is similar in size to a Dunlin, but stouter, with a thick bill. It shows a strong white wingbar in flight, and runs along the sandy beaches it prefers with a characteristic "bicycling" action, stopping frequently to pick small food items. It eats small crabs and other small invertebrates. In spring, birds migrating north from South America consume large numbers of horseshoe crab eggs in the Delaware Bay area.

In spring, the birds arrive on the High Arctic breeding grounds (see map), where they lay 3–4 eggs in a ground scrape. On the nesting grounds, these birds mainly eat insects and some plant material.

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Hi Zeno, Great shot of this bird in a calm environment. Nice light and natural colours. The soft focus in the FG and the BG enhance the depth of the composition. Thank for sharing

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-03-11 17:47]

That peace, that the beautiful and serene imagne this Calidris alba on the banks of this lagoon Somone; Zeno friend ... Thanks for this beauty.

From Argentina,
a hug; Hernán Bortondello.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-03-12 9:27]

Hallo Zeno,
Prachtige foto van deze Drieteenstrandloper. Uitstekende scherpte en details. Genomen vanuit een ideaal standpunt. Mooie natuurlijke kleuren.

like this even more than your greenshank - wonderfull!
best regards

Hallo Zeno
super mooie en scherpe opname van dit kleintje
licht en kleuren zijn prachtig\
bedankt groet lou

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