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Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper
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Copyright: Jan Erasmus (Popye) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 27] (158)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Nikon 500mm AF-S F4.0
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-10 11:28
Viewed: 4157
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photo at a dam just outside my home town.
There were always lots of birds here, but not lately, for no known reason.

Bird info: Common Sandpiper(Actitis hypoleucos)This is a smallish sandpiper which bobs it's tail frequently.The Green Sandpiper is bigger than this species: 18 - 20 cm long with a 32-35 cm wingspan.
The adult has greyish brown upperparts, white underparts, short yellowish legs and a bill with a pale base and dark tip. Juveniles are barred above and have buff edges to the wing feathers.

This species is very similar to its closely related American counterpart, the slightly larger Spotted Sandpiper.The Common Sandpiper breeds across most of Europe and Asia. It nests on the ground near fresh water.
It migrates to Africa, southern Asia and Australasia. This is not a gregarious bird and is seldom seen in large flocks.
The Common Sandpiper forages by sight on the ground or in shallow water, picking up small food items such as insects, crustaceans and other invertebrate. It may also catch insects in flight.The only visiting wader that often roosts with resident birds.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-10 11:34]

Hi Jan. What a fine close up of the Sandpiper. You have captured fine detail and natural looking colours. a nice clear eye with good use of the light. well done TFS.

Hello Jan,
Not very sociable bird indeed; often good for photography purposes.
Excellent references to its counterpart in your note.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-10 12:21]

Hello Jan,
Beautiful portrait of this Sandpiper. Excellent natural colours and good sharpness. Nice composition.

Hi Jan,
Nice composition and great details.

Hi Jan,

Beautiful portrait image.
Excellent framing and exposure.
Love the clarity in the eye very much.
Wonderful color tones, soft background wich does match the color tones in the fethers of the bird greatly, and feather details.
Excellent work. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

nice and clear face, TFS Ori

Hi Jan

what a wonderful shot of the sandpiper you have.

I really like the colours and composition and the OOF background works really well with the picture.

Very nicely done and TFS

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