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i took a day off work yesterday to bird south beach in chatham ma yesterday. it is part of a 13 mile sand spit that extends south from what is the southernmost bit of cape cod (see map!). this area includes monomoy national wildlife refuge at the southernmost region. the area is accessible only by foot and makes for a long hard day of birding and photography. carrying binoculars, scope, tripod, 500mm + 1DIV, bug spray, and a gallon of water made for a challenging 12 mile hike over the mudflats/sand/dunes (6 miles each way). I left the parking area at 3am so to give myself 3 hours to get to the best birding spot, again 6 miles out. the hike in the dark was really nice and i reached my destination at 5:45am just as the sun was rising. the 2 birds i most wanted to shoot today were hudsonian godwit and whimbrel. i got the first (photos at end of post) and dipped on the second, but i did get a lot of other photos of more common birds. there were thousands of shorebirds all day. i am sore today (and i run 30 miles a week!) but it was well worth it.....





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least sandpiper

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens    700mm    f/5.6    1/400s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  






ruddy turnstone

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens    700mm    f/5.6    1/250s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  






willet

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens    700mm    f/5.6    1/1000s    800 ISO    -0.3 EV  



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a few more




saltmarsh sparrow at sunrise

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens    700mm    f/5.6    1/1250s    800 ISO    -0.3 EV  






saltmarsh sparrow at sunrise

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens    700mm    f/5.6    1/1000s    800 ISO    -0.3 EV  






white-rumped sandpiper

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens    700mm    f/8.0    1/2500s    400 ISO    -0.3 EV  






white-rumped sandpiper

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens    700mm    f/8.0    1/2500s    400 ISO    -0.3 EV  




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and now for the star of the show!




hudsonian godwit

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens    700mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    400 ISO    -0.3 EV  






hudsonian godwit

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens    700mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    400 ISO    -0.3 EV  






hudsonian godwit

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens    700mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    400 ISO    -0.3 EV  



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Excellent images Dorian! Godwit is marvy. #1 is beautiful.


Aug 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM
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Very nice, looks like a productive walk.

Rob



Aug 14, 2012 at 01:29 PM
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Beautiful set!! Love the star of the show !
You certainly worked for these shots and we are rewarded with your efforts

Birdie



Aug 14, 2012 at 01:38 PM
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Looks to me like the Godwit has been dipping in someone else's pool Big congrats on that one, cool looking bird and well worth the effort. This is a wonderful set, all of them are well executed. I guess you found the one way to lose the CC summer crowds!

Tim



Aug 14, 2012 at 02:14 PM
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Super set Dorian with lovely light in the first 5.
You sure put in a lot to get them.
Martin



Aug 14, 2012 at 05:04 PM
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lovely set Dorian


Aug 14, 2012 at 05:24 PM
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Awesome light on the Sandpiper and Sparrow. Kudo's on being able to hike 6 miles each way with a 500mm+gear, that's a tough task especially on a beach!


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Wonderful images, Dorian- all of them.
You must crawl around a lot to get those views . And it works.
Charlie



Aug 14, 2012 at 06:07 PM
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You got some super shots there,

Paul.



Aug 14, 2012 at 07:13 PM
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A great set Dorian. There's not a clinker in the bunch. Great light in all, but the first few have that golden touch ~ Ron


Aug 14, 2012 at 08:18 PM
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if only i could make that golden light last more than the normal 20-30 minutes!


Aug 14, 2012 at 08:39 PM
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Wow! Awesome


Aug 15, 2012 at 12:25 AM
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I would have been happy to be your camera caddy on this outing Dorian, love that area you are describing, fresh out of high school myself and best friend stayed near there in Orleans and had a great time..............many many many years ago.
Sand and surf is great for the mind. I'd say your Hudsonian is a hit and I happen to really like the first image in this series, what a great experience and outing, good for you

Karl



Aug 15, 2012 at 01:43 AM
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Great light on those first few. And the last godwit is superb. The early "bird"....... Remember, without the running you wouldn't have attempted it! Wonderful images. Don


Aug 15, 2012 at 01:55 AM
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Great light on those first few. And the last godwit is superb. The early "bird"....... Remember, without the running you wouldn't have attempted it! Wonderful images. Don


Aug 15, 2012 at 01:56 AM
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Love the light on these! That's lots of stuff to carry on a 12 mile hike....well done and very impressive.
Eric



Aug 15, 2012 at 02:37 AM
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Superb set Dorian! You capped this presentation with the best image. The 12 mile hike is nothing compared to the priceless beauty you captured thru your lens


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