Monday, January 18, 2010

The Dunlin in the Snow

We are at the very north end of the Dunlin’s winter range on the Atlantic coast. This Dunlin is getting by on the Dogbar Breakwater with the Purple Sandpipers.

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

16 comments:

D-Wing said...

Love the photos

Johnny Nutcase said...

Excellent. So close and sharp, thumbs up! Birds in snow is goofy to me, probably cause I'm never around snow. Great photos!

Chris said...

Hi Steve,
These are excellent pictures, and on the first one you forgot to mention the purple sandpiper in the background ;-) Dunlin are gone over here, I guess to your place, but they should have stayed here cause we do not have snow and cold temps!!! I never see them in these color patterns, they are usually with their black patch on the belly! Sandpiper are still around and I've seen some this week end!
I love these shots, the snow adds a plus on them!

Roy said...

What can I say Steve, these shots are stunning.

Rebecca said...

I've never met a Dunlan before. I love the bills. Excellent shots.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Thanks for the introduction. I've never met a Dunlin but according to Cornell their migration is quite broad through most of the US. Your photos are so crisp and clear! This is one lucky Dunlin. They'll be wanting that shot on the cover of Dunlin World. ;-)

Richard said...

That is a pretty but strange looking little bird. Looks like someone glued a new beak on it that doesn't quite fit.

Glen Hartjes said...

Great shots, specially the first shot with the second sandpiper darker and out of focus mirroring the shape of the one in the foreground. Nicely composed on the diagonal snow.

TonyC said...

Wow steve - absolutely stunning. Great captures.

The Early Birder said...

Absolutely superb. He must have thermal insulation on his feet!

Mojo said...

Fantastic! And that must've been some serious glass you were using to get that tight. I'm curious about the "ghost" image in the background of the first one though. I've had similar things happen, but normally only at night when shooting a really wide aperture. And mine are always upside down and reversed, so I'm wondering if it's the same phenomenon or just something similar. Or is there actually a second bird behind the Dunlin?

Judy said...

such a round little bird!!! your photos are so crisp! i love seeing the details in the feathers and the snow!

Di said...

What a beautiful creature and your photo captures every little wonderful detail.

dAwN said...

Holy Guacamole! Awesome shots Steve!

Peregrine's Bird Blog said...

Very Nice I like the out of focus Purple Sand's as well

Kerri said...

Great pics Steve!

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