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Old Sep 10, 2009, 6:31 PM   #1
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Default Heads in the sand - Somneone's got to do it...

These are mixed images of Sanderlings and Short Billed Dowitchers, who apparently came upon a find of "buried" treasure.




This sort of thing can't be good for your health.



Close crop of the above image



The Sanderlings have a hard enough time of competing, what with their shorter beaks, but this goes a bit to far.





But this Sanderling gives it his best.





What exactly they were hunting is hard to say. From time to time they would come up with what appeared to be little pieces of jello. Eggs? larval form of some crab of mollusk?

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Lovely shots Dave. 1200mm? What were you using for this? Stacked converters? They came out great!....Don
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Old Sep 12, 2009, 10:32 AM   #3
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Lovely shots Dave. 1200mm? What were you using for this? Stacked converters? They came out great!....Don
It should read 800mm, but I suppose the cropping factor fakes the extra 400.

I use a Swarovski Spotting scope and a D2x.

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These are mixed images of Sanderlings and Short Billed Dowitchers, who apparently came upon a find of "buried" treasure.

What exactly they were hunting is hard to say. From time to time they would come up with what appeared to be little pieces of jello. Eggs? larval form of some crab of mollusk?

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Here in California this sort of aggregate feeding happens when the Grunion are running and leave eggs in the sand. In the East, I understand it happens when the Horseshoe Crabs are spawning. Nice shots.
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Here in California this sort of aggregate feeding happens when the Grunion are running and leave eggs in the sand. In the East, I understand it happens when the Horseshoe Crabs are spawning. Nice shots.
When the Horseshoe Crabs are spawing, the whole beach looks like the above, but they finished up at the end of June. I suspect some other kind of "eggs?" Here's a shot of what they were going for, but it doesn't look like much. Sometimes the "pieces" were rounder....

Not a very good shot.




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Nice shots, I sometimes miss the ocean beaches for their great chances at shore birds. The shore birds around here are fairly shy and difficult to get close to unless you are in a park of some kind.

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Nice shots, I sometimes miss the ocean beaches for their great chances at shore birds. The shore birds around here are fairly shy and difficult to get close to unless you are in a park of some kind.

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Well, these are New York birds, and quite sophisticated. A few bucks, and they will come right over to me. The Dowitchers required fifty bucks for the group, while the Sanderlings, are much cheaper. I just kept their price down by saying, "Little beaks, little beaks, less money."

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That's some high-powered close-up!
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