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hi fmers

i've been spending A LOT of time face down in marshes and on beaches as shorebird migration is in full swing here in massachusetts at the moment. i've been able to track down many of the migrants so here they are!




hudsonian godwit - easily identified by large size, long bill, rust on sides, bright white eyeliner

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    700mm    f/8.0    1/4000s    800 ISO    -0.3 EV  






red knot - medium size, gray feather edging on back, gray eyeliner, yellowish legs, short stubby bill

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    700mm    f/5.6    1/4000s    400 ISO    -0.7 EV  






baird's sandpiper - rare on east coast. buffy brown on chest, buff feather edges in back, black legs, long wings still out beyond tail

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    700mm    f/8.0    1/1250s    400 ISO    -0.3 EV  







ruddy turnstone - very easy to see red on back (though he is slowly losing it), short upturned bill, red legs






sanderling - slightly larger than

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    700mm    f/8.0    1/3200s    800 ISO    -0.3 EV  



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semipalmated plover - striking black face and breast bands, orange legs, orange bill, darker back than piping plover

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    700mm    f/7.1    1/1600s    400 ISO    -0.3 EV  






willet - larger size, thicker two toned bill, long blue/gray legs, mottled back

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    700mm    f/8.0    1/2500s    800 ISO    -0.3 EV  






black-bellied plover - black belly!

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    700mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    400 ISO    -0.3 EV  






black-bellied plover - head shot to show detail

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    700mm    f/8.0    1/1600s    400 ISO    -0.3 EV  






piping plover - fledgling. two toned coloration, yellowish legs will turn orange at some point

  Canon EOS 7D    400mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    320 ISO    -0.7 EV  




Aug 26, 2013 at 02:33 PM
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now for the best ones!




short-billed dowitcher - larger size, long bill (still shorter than long-billed dowitcher!), rust feathers on back

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    700mm    f/5.6    1/1250s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  






least sandpiper - very small size, yellow legs, rufous-edging on back feathers, overall more brownish than similar semipalmated sandpiper

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    700mm    f/7.1    1/1250s    400 ISO    -0.3 EV  







white-rumped sandpiper - larger than semipalmated sand, gray back and gray wash across chest, longer wings

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    700mm    f/5.6    1/6400s    400 ISO    -0.7 EV  






semipalmated sandpiper - the generic reference sandpiper against which others are compared

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    700mm    f/7.1    1/1000s    400 ISO    -0.3 EV  






completely leucistic piping plover! no pigment anywhere in its feathers! only i've seen in 28 years of birding!

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    700mm    f/8.0    1/4000s    400 ISO    -0.7 EV  



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Excellent variety of shore birds, Dorian. All well taken and presented.
Congrats on the leucistic piping plover. Great find! Never seen one before.
Socrate



Aug 26, 2013 at 02:46 PM
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Dorian, marvelous set ! Love the second one, looks like it is walking on water. 5,6, 10 and the last 2 are also my favorites. Congratulations on the leucistic plover, what a glorious find and wonderful shot.

Birdie



Aug 26, 2013 at 03:40 PM
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Super duper Dorian!!! Not only is this post spot on photography but it VERY educational as well. Especially for those of us that aren't the best at knowing what to look for in shorebird ID's. Excellent work all around, a tremendous post

Tim



Aug 26, 2013 at 04:01 PM
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Wow, what a great set to enjoy, Dorian. Love your presentation so that I know more about shorebirds.
Great lighting, nice reflection, sharp and detail are well captured by you. Excellent work.

- Tam



Aug 26, 2013 at 05:30 PM
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Terrific set Dorian. Thanks for the lesson in ID's too
David



Aug 26, 2013 at 06:48 PM
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Great variety and congratulations on the last one excellent

-Tim



Aug 26, 2013 at 07:15 PM
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Dorian,
Wonderful set!
1, 12 and 14 for me!!
BeeBalm



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Wow, what a ridiculously good set Dorian. The shorebirds are moving through here as well right now but they're tough to see through the mosquitoes. I wish I could get even a small percentage of these images!

Cheers,
Harry C



Aug 26, 2013 at 08:12 PM
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Dorian, very well done with this very nice variety.
Super post.
Chris



Aug 26, 2013 at 10:12 PM
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excellent set of shorebirds Dorian


Aug 26, 2013 at 10:18 PM
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Great information Dorian. Even better pictures. You are right about the last grouping. Best for last. Some real stunners in that group. Well done, but I reserve the right to forget everything I've learned about the field ID tips. Don't see these guys often enough. Spotted sandpiper is pretty exotic most days.


Aug 26, 2013 at 11:47 PM
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Beautiful set with lovely pieces of information to each pic. Congrats on spotting that leucistic piping plover


Aug 26, 2013 at 11:56 PM
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Wash your chin Dorian!

You have some great compositions and there all nice and sharp. The whites are a problem in some.

Morris



Aug 27, 2013 at 12:12 AM
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An extra nice set Dorian. And a great variety too - very well done ~ Ron


Aug 27, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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Shasoc wrote:
Excellent variety of shore birds, Dorian. All well taken and presented.
Congrats on the leucistic piping plover. Great find! Never seen one before.
Socrate


thanks socrate. yeah, that leucistic plover is the only completely leucistic bird i have ever seen in my whole life!



Aug 28, 2013 at 01:55 AM
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birdied wrote:
Dorian, marvelous set ! Love the second one, looks like it is walking on water. 5,6, 10 and the last 2 are also my favorites. Congratulations on the leucistic plover, what a glorious find and wonderful shot.

Birdie



thanks birdie! i didn't think of the second shot that way until you pointed it out. great eye on your part!

dorian



Aug 28, 2013 at 01:56 AM
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Tim Kuhn wrote:
Super duper Dorian!!! Not only is this post spot on photography but it VERY educational as well. Especially for those of us that aren't the best at knowing what to look for in shorebird ID's. Excellent work all around, a tremendous post

Tim


thanks tim. i find many birders who get frustrated by shorebird id since they are very similar. however, there is a systematic way to go aout sorting out who is who so maybe this post will help the folks here dow that moving forward. its just like photography: practice, practice, practice......



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