10/27/2010: Sanderlings, Wings on Wednesday

Sanderlings, plain as they are in winter plumage, are interesting birds to watch as they dance along the edge of the surf feeding…constantly feeding…constantly moving. Difficult to photograph though, and especially difficult to digiscope. These shots are along the South Beach at Jekyll Island GA, just off the St. Andrews Picnic Grounds, where the fisherman work with their hand nets at the right tide, and the dolphins play and feed at almost any tide. Same with Sanderlings. At least in October.

Canon SD4000IS behind the new Vario eyepiece on the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL. The top two shots are at about 2000mm equivalent field of view, and the bottom shot, where the bird was closer, was at about 1000mm. All at ISO 125 and 1/1000th sec. with the f-stop around f5-f6. The rig was running right along the line where some exposures were scope limited and some were camera limited.

Blackpoint right in Lighroom, added Clarity and Vibrance, and Sharpen narrow edges preset.

Even at 1/1000th of a second, these guys are hard to hold still.

5 Responses to “10/27/2010: Sanderlings, Wings on Wednesday”

  1. 1 Rafi
    10/27/2010 at 5:01 am

    Lovely shots..

  2. 2 joe giambelluca
    10/27/2010 at 5:32 am

    more nice work. jbuca

  3. 3 Wendy Hollands
    10/27/2010 at 5:35 am

    these are wonderful!! I love to watch them darting back & forth!!

  4. 10/27/2010 at 2:52 pm

    Wonderful shots of a difficult bird to photograph! I like the low angle. Very nice!

  5. 10/28/2010 at 12:06 pm

    Really nice work. They must be hard to capture.

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