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Thread: New one for the board (I think) - Rock Sandpiper!

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    Default New one for the board (I think) - Rock Sandpiper!

    As my search for this species turned up nothing, I'd like to introduce the Rock Sandpiper! Generally Alaskan residents, these move down the
    West Coast in small numbers during the colder months, a few reaching California each winter. In breeding plumage, these guys are reminiscent
    of Dunlin, but in basic/winter plumage - shown here - they are virtually identical to Purple Sandpiper from the East Coast.

    As this is one of only 2-3 individuals observed in California this winter, I was really stoked just to get my lens on him. The rocky peninsula he's
    been favoring for the past two weeks does not offer the opportunity to get super low, but I was pretty happy with this result regardless. Yeah, the
    foreground is a bit distracting, but the seaweed is a perfect representation of the habitat he prefers. With only a few of these bird in the lower 48,
    I'll take it.

    This is only the second time I've seen this species in 33 years of birding.

    Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II on EOS 5D4
    1/100 at f/7.1, ISO 1000
    Processed in LR CC. I removed a few distracting/bright spots on the seaweed.

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    Certainly pops with the chiaroscuro looks, bird looks a little nervous as its caught from its hiding place
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    A beautiful Image...of a beautiful subject

    You managed the busy foreground well.

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    Awesome view of this species Dorian! Before I read your post, I thought it was a Purple Sandpiper, but this is where being a hardcore birdwatcher helps Great detail and light. Love the feet. I would maybe burn some of the highlights on the seaweed, but not a big deal at all. Congrats on getting this shot!

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    Congratulations on a great find, and a gorgeous image in beautiful light. If you hadn't told me, I would have said this was a Purple Sandpiper shot at Barnegat Light, with the seaweed fg and watery bg.

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    Way to go, Dorian. What a find and beautifully captured.


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    Really like all that seaweed in this one. The pose is nice as the background.

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