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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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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens 700mm f/5.6 1/400s 800 ISO 0.0 EV
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x lens 700mm f/5.6 1/250s 800 ISO 0.0 EV
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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