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Copyright: Lesley Mattuchio (Lesley) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon EF100-400 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-08-28 9:16
Viewed: 4169
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Dunlin in breeding plumage getting his breakfast. The Dunlin is found on the seashore and mudflats and will make rapid probing motions with his bill to sift through sand and get his meal. When watched from a close range his bill looked like it was vibrating and even the water immediately surrounding his bill was vibrating.

These shorebirds are often found in large flocks, but this fellow was all by himself with a lone Sanderling shadowing him. The Sanderling, which I purposely shot our of focus so as to spotlight the Dunlin, is also in breeding plumage. These two made their along the shore line and came right to us as we had set up in the surf and waited very quietly and patiently. They never broke stride as they passed us within several feet and kept right on going like we were not even there. That is the trick...to blend in like you belong as part of the lay of the land and are non-threatening.

petertee, Callie, TAZ, carper, elroyie, AndyB, Hanssie, Robbrown has marked this note useful
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To Robbrown: DunlinLesley 2 09-09 01:42
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This is great Lesley.
Very good composition, nice colours and very good sharpness.
Good note too.
Very well done.

Better than being there! Having such a good picture to study shows more detail than the eye could unaided catch from the safe distance the bird would maintain. Lovely lighting and the reflection is a wonderful plus. Good note as well. Thanks Lesley.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1102 W: 95 N: 2611] (7555)
  • [2004-08-28 11:27]

Hi Lesley
I still battle to ID waders. This is a VERY nice shot, love the 1 + 1 in focus , OOF compo here. What Head do you use on the tripod? and what flash compensation. On camera or off camera with a sinc cord? This looks like two flash guns, but one sun maybe?
Keep them comming.

Excellent image, colour and focus on the first bird are spot on. Reflections are a bonus. Well done

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-08-28 12:26]

Une belle photo de ces deux oiseaux avec la réflexion. Composition bien pensée, luminosité et couleurs agréables.
Well done !

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-08-28 12:59]

Great one Lesley,
Fantastic duo shot, I like the composition, the first one sharp, the other in dof, very good colourds and of course an exelent note, great job.

Great capture with great details and light, the reflection on the water and the fellow that stands behind it contribute a lot to the composition.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-28 15:53]

Very,very nice.
Excellent composition and great DoF.
The lighting is excellent also.
Great work,very well done.

Two different birds, but itá like a mirror.
The sharpness of the dunlin (what a nice name...) is super, I like this shot, Lesley !

Very nice Lesley ,I also like your explanation to Callie of your set-up.
it would seem we have the same bird both sides of the pond, though my book says you also call them Red-Backed Sandpiper?

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