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Old Aug 3, 2006, 9:25 AM   #1
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Took this guy picture amidst a group of Sanderlings, Least Sandpipers and Semi-Paliminated Sandpipers. I then spent a month trying to id it - with no success. No one knew, although quite a few suggested Sanderling molting, alchoholic, or just got out of rehab - It is New York after all.

So I went out an bought an authoratative book on Shorebirds. By golly, these guys sometimes DO hybridise! And that's what he is, a cross between a Sanderling and, well, urr, some other little Shorebird...

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BIRD2.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BIRD4.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BIRD6.JPG[/img]

For comparison, below we have first a Sanderling,

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SANDERLINGS339.jpg[/img]

and then a Least Sandpiper. The bird in the picture with my hybrid is a Semi Palminated Sandpiper.

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/LeastPIPER3.JPG[/img]
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Old Aug 3, 2006, 10:00 PM   #2
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Hey there DBB

There are some really clear well composed shots here and I loved viewing them. Shots are really detailed and I love that.

I am a big fan of sandpipers, oystercatches and other shore birds as we get these little visitors most of the year in Australia from Indonesia. I live on a peninsula in Queensland where we are surrounded by muddy flats so we get high numbers.

I have a sigma 50-500mm lens on the way so looking forward to that very much.

Do you get black winged stilts??

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Old Aug 4, 2006, 9:56 AM   #3
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Hey there DBB

There are some really clear well composed shots here and I loved viewing them. Shots are really detailed and I love that.

I am a big fan of sandpipers, oystercatches and other shore birds as we get these little visitors most of the year in Australia from Indonesia. I live on a peninsula in Queensland where we are surrounded by muddy flats so we get high numbers.

I have a sigma 50-500mm lens on the way so looking forward to that very much.

Do you get black winged stilts??

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Thanks for the remarks!

I've never seen one of these Silts, but I've heard of recent sightings. Quite a few birds are rapidly extending their range Northward, so Skimmers are now common, as are quite a few birds that my older books describe as "Southern." Got some shots of the Louisiana Heron, so who knows?

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