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Spotted Sandpiper

Posted by Liron on Tuesday, June 3, 2014
On May 25 and 26 2014, I biked to a Canada Line station and took it to the Templeton station, and from there biked to Iona Island, about 20 minutes away on bike at a swift pace. Over both days combined I biked and walked well over 55 kilometers, including the full south jetty on both days!

I saw and photographed lots of good birds at over the two days including Cinnamon Teals, Blue-winged Teals, Killdeers, Herring Gulls, Bonaparte's Gulls, Osprey, Caspian Terns, Black Swifts, Vaux's Swifts, Willow Flycatchers, 7 swallow species (Barn, Cliff, Tree, Bank, Violet-green Northern Rough-winged, and Purple Martin), warblers, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, and more. One bird that is always a target at Iona at this time of year is the Spotted Sandpiper. These birds are currently in full breeding plumage and are lots of fun to see and photograph. I did pretty well with them on the 25th, but on the 26th I did much better! I counted at least 28 birds, a personal record!

While on the north jetty on the 26th, I heard a sandpiper and looked over to see one perched on a log. It was in a perfect spot for photos, so I got closer and began shooting. I ended up with lots of great shots including this one. On the 25th it was raining pretty much the whole time. The good side to that was that equal light all over made it so that it didn't matter what angle to my subject I was shooting at. On the 26th, the sun was very bright so I always had to get in a spot where the sun was at my back before I started shooting. Luckily for this shot I was already in a good spot when I spotted the bird. 

Here is my best shot of a Spotted Sandpiper from the 25th and 26th:

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Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/1600
ISO: 250
Flash: not used
Exposure Bias: 0 EV



 

 

 

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