2/02/2009

Exhibitionist birds of New England: Part II

Purple Sandpipers are generally pretty tough to photograph as they are constantly running around on VERY slippery rocks looking for gastropods, insects, and crustaceans. Imagine my surprise when this exhibitionist ignored me and posed for his picture. It this little guy hadn't moved, I may have thought he was frozen...



11 comments:

Larry said...

Nice shots! I walked out onto the end of a Jetty at Hammo once to get a decent pic o one and nearly dumped my camera in the water when Islipped on ice.-Great job!

Patrick Belardo said...

Oh, so these are the great pics you get if you schlep all the way down the Dog Bar jetty.

Owlman said...

Larry, I know the feeling. There was plenty of ice on the jetty and we were being blasted by the wind. These little guys looked pretty well frozen which made for easy shots.

Patrick, indeed this was one of our rewards for braving the elements. Actually Corey missed these ;-)

Thanks for popping in.

Namib Naturalist said...

Hey, I posted in the introduce yourself part. I don't know if you would still read it. I was just looking around birding blogs and found yours. I really enjoyed reading some of your posts. Great photos too.

Kallen305 said...

Excellent shots. I love how you can see all of the lovely detail in its feathers.

Owlman said...

Goeie dag Vernon, ek hoop alles gaan goed daar in die warm Namib - thanks for introducing yourself. I love getting comments from my readers and getting an introduction post is an added bonus. Jees, you must see some really great birds where you are, especially raptors! I'm still very jealous about the Pel's fishing owl. Thanks for popping in and sharing my birding with me.

Hi there Kallen305 - thanks a lot. These guys were so close it was VERY hard to screw the pictures up. Lighting is always a challenge in winter especially on those gray days, which this certainly was. Thanks for stopping in, glad you like the pics.

Tricia said...

Wonderful shots of a wonderful bird Owlman :D

Shellmo said...

I love how you captured him on wet, moss covered rocks - it made for beautiful photos!

John Briggs said...

Nice shots Owlman! We saw 3 seperate flocks of Purple Sandpipers flying on Cape Ann coastal waters over the weekend -- about 60 individuals.

Thanks for sharing.

Bird Girl said...

Now that is one very cool looking bird - I'm glad you were able to get some great shots!

Owlman said...

Thanks, Tricia and Shellmo much appreciated.

Hey John, glad to hear that they're are around. We saw a couple of birds together but no where near 60 - wow.

Bird Girl, they sure are cool looking.

Thanks for popping in all and commenting.

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