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Semipalmated Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla, Bécasseau semipalmé, SESA) Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, Quebec, Canada. Image Copyright ©Christopher DoddsSony Alpha a9 Mirrorless camera & Sony FE 600mm f/4 G Master OSS Lens  with Sony FE 2X Teleconverter @1,200mm ISO 2,000, f/8 @ 1/3,200s Manual exposure. Full Frame.

Here is a Semipalmated Sandpiper landing on the seaweed covered rocks at low tide during my Puffins Galore (and so much more) workshop in Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada. I got down low and installed my 2X onto the new Sony 600mm f/4 which made for an incredible 1,200mm f/8 lens when paired with the Sony a9.

Stay tuned for a mini-review of the new lens soon!


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Reader Comments (2)

That's a great capture Chris. I spent over an hour with these guys and so far I have not seen one of my images nearly this sharp. These guys are so quick even as they forage they are tough to photograph. As you said, not only do you have to be good, you have to be lucky as well. When I first saw the image on the back of your camera, I was under the impression the bird was jumping, rather than coming in for a landing. If landing, an even tougher catch. Nicely, Nicely done. Definitely a keeper.

Looking forward to your mini 600 review.

August 16, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterfrank sheets

Hey Frank!

Thank you. It was great seeing you during my Puffin Paradise workshop!

Indeed, this Semipalmated Sandpiper was landing and it was extremely difficult to choose one bird to track inbound, stay on it, and have it land apart from the rest of the flock.

Look forward to next time,


PS Julie says "HI"

August 23, 2019 | Registered CommenterChristopher Dodds

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