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Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper
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Copyright: Himanshu Ranade (Xplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 125 W: 13 N: 327] (2187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT, Canon 75-300 1:4-5.6 III USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-16 3:25
Viewed: 1988
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The common or woody sandpiper is one of the many birds which migrate every year to the Indian subcontinent every winter to escape the cold conditions.

This one is part of a large flock which has made part of a slow flowing river on the outskirts of the city its temporary home along with a lot of other species.Though over the years due to the increased pollution in this river system, the number of species and their numbers have dropped or changed significantly.

The Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) is a small Palearctic wader. This bird and its American sister species, the Spotted Sandpiper (A. macularia), make up the genus Actitis. They are parapatric and replace each other geographically; stray birds of either species may settle down with breeders of the other and hybridize.

The adult is 1820 cm long with a 3235 cm wingspan. It has greyish-brown upperparts, white underparts, short dark-yellowish legs and feet, and a bill with a pale base and dark tip. In winter plumage, they are duller and have more conspicuous barring on the wings, though this is still only visible at close range. Juveniles are more heavily barred above and have buff edges to the wing feathers.

It is a gregarious bird and is seen in large flocks, and has the distinctive stiff-winged flight, low over the water, of Actitis waders. The Common Sandpiper breeds across most of temperate and subtropical Europe and Asia, and migrates to Africa, southern Asia and Australia in winter.

The Common Sandpiper forages by sight on the ground or in shallow water, picking up small food items such as insects, crustaceans and other invertebrates.

The photograph is taken in the early morning at a known water birding spot near Pune, called Kawdi. ISO-400 was used.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-01-16 4:28]

Splendid capture, Himanshu!
Great POV and excellent sharpness; beautiful ambientation, light and natural colours; well done!

hello Himanshu
very nice and sharpness composition with great details
the colours are very good naturel
thanks greeting lou

excellent natural scene and composition, with a great photo performance!
regards Himanshu

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