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p.1 #1 · another shorebird tutorial - red knot!


ok, here is another shorebird that changes dramatically from breeding to winter plumage.

the first shot is a shot from early fall (august). this bird had already done his nesting/mating thing in the high arctic and was headed back south. he still has some of the rusty red on his chest that gives this species its name. they are much brighter as they come back in the spring but i have yet to catch up with on going north.

the second/thirds shots is a bird that had fully changed into winter plumage. he has zero red on him anywhere. he does have a shortish bill, scaly gray back, greenish/legs, and white eye stripe that positively id him in this plumage.

shot 4 is a spotted sandpiper holdover from the other day.




post breeding red knot (southbound, august, heavy crop, ugh)

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    700mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    400 ISO    -0.7 EV  






winter plumage red knot

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    500mm    f/6.3    1/4000s    400 ISO    -0.3 EV  






winter plumage red knot

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    500mm    f/6.3    1/5000s    400 ISO    -0.3 EV  






same spotted sandpiper from the other day

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    500mm    f/4.0    1/200s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  






belted kingfisher - damn you blue sky! the pond prevented me form going further left to get rid of it!

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    700mm    f/5.6    1/1600s    400 ISO    -0.3 EV  




Sep 11, 2013 at 02:14 AM
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p.1 #2 · another shorebird tutorial - red knot!


Beautiful set Dorian, 2 and 3 are my favorites.

Marcelo



Sep 11, 2013 at 02:18 AM
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p.1 #3 · another shorebird tutorial - red knot!


Lovely set Dorian! I like your tutorials too. The trick is to remember the info for the next time I see them.


Sep 11, 2013 at 02:22 AM
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p.1 #4 · another shorebird tutorial - red knot!


Lovely shots Dorian & I am jealous that you could get so close to a KF. It has been my dream to see one as close from the past 2 years


Sep 11, 2013 at 02:23 AM
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p.1 #5 · another shorebird tutorial - red knot!


Wow, really like the Kingfisher


Sep 11, 2013 at 02:48 AM
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p.1 #6 · another shorebird tutorial - red knot!


Very nice photos, and the tutorial is very helpful. Thanks for sharing.


Sep 11, 2013 at 02:55 AM
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p.1 #7 · another shorebird tutorial - red knot!


very nice Dorian .. i like them all


Sep 11, 2013 at 08:28 AM
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p.1 #8 · another shorebird tutorial - red knot!


These are all very nice Dorian,, but the KF is my pick ~ Ron


Sep 11, 2013 at 11:04 AM
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p.1 #9 · another shorebird tutorial - red knot!


I think I like the Kingfisher best as well but they are all excellent.


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p.1 #10 · another shorebird tutorial - red knot!


Thanks for the great pics and ID info.


Sep 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM
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p.1 #11 · another shorebird tutorial - red knot!


Dorian,
Love close up shots!
They all are really nice
TFS
BeeBalm



Sep 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM
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p.1 #12 · another shorebird tutorial - red knot!


Wonderful set Dorian! Thank you for the information as well.
2,4 and 5 are my favorites

Birdie



Sep 11, 2013 at 01:46 PM
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p.1 #13 · another shorebird tutorial - red knot!


Beautiful set, Dorian. Thanks for a great tutorial. I like that.

- Tam



Sep 11, 2013 at 02:54 PM
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p.1 #14 · another shorebird tutorial - red knot!


Wonderful shots Dorian. #2 and #4 are my favourites here
David



Sep 11, 2013 at 07:38 PM
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p.1 #15 · another shorebird tutorial - red knot!


Wow, Dorian, I might have titled this "shorebird tutorial + a guest"!

Beautiful images, commentary on the IDs (and biology) is interesting and authoritative, but the pairing of the spotted sandpiper and the kingfisher is superb! Each of the shots is lovely on its own, with a great sense of environment, but, together, the contrast between the worlds in which these two live is striking. TFS. ~Greg



Sep 11, 2013 at 08:47 PM
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p.1 #16 · another shorebird tutorial - red knot!


Really swell stuff, Dorian.
Love the kingfisher especially.
Charlie



Sep 11, 2013 at 09:14 PM
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p.1 #17 · another shorebird tutorial - red knot!


Beautiful and interesting post, Dorian.
Chris



Sep 11, 2013 at 10:12 PM
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p.1 #18 · another shorebird tutorial - red knot!


Nice long angle works on the Red Knot Dorian.
The last KF shot tops my pick - who doesn't like a KF??

Phoo



Sep 12, 2013 at 07:53 PM





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