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Old May 29, 2005, 6:05 PM   #1
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[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SAND2.JPG[/img]

These images were taken shortely after dawn and the poor Sanderlings were trying to get some sleep. Indeed they were so tired that they did something I've never seen.

As I very slowly walked toward them, they in turn, mostly without removeing their heads from their feathers, kept a constant distance between me and Chato. Chato obediently moved off to the side, but they kept an eye on me anyway.

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SAND4.JPG[/img]

The red ones are Sanderlings in breeeding plumage, the others are also Sanderlings who have sworn off sex...

There are also some Semi-Palminated Sandpipers mixed in.

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Old May 29, 2005, 7:26 PM   #2
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Nice pics you got the colors very nicely.

Did you happen to take any from right at sand level with a short depth of field. I just wonder how a pic from that viewpoint would have looked.

I like the first one best cause of the feeling of depth.
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Looking at the shadows, light seems a bit harsh, not the early morning golden light. But anyways, I like these shots. These guys are cute. Wish I could get closer to them.
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Old May 31, 2005, 12:49 PM   #4
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Actually, the pictures were taken around 6:45 AM, an hour after dawn...

The trick to getting these guys is, that they run along the beach, right at the water line. Small flocks will pass a given point every five minutes. (In this case they were sacked out) . So what I normqall do is position myself and wait...

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