Least Sandpiper

This is either a leased (rented) sandpiper or a spotted sandpiper I think. It flew by so fast that I only had 1/2500 of a second to check it out. It was quite close, probably 20 feet from the camera and flying very fast. I wish it was a little bit sharper. Taken around 4 PM PST.

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Pertinent technical details or techniques: iso-400, 400 mm plus 2X extender, F5 .6, 2500th, handheld, A7r4, a lot of luck to catch this one.

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Hi David, Congrats on catching such a fast, little bird. Very tough to do. Sharpness looks okay to me and I like the lighting and eye contact. Only nit for me is I wish the wing position wasn’t so flat. Nice catch.

Great job in catching a sandpiper in flight with such nice detail. Not sure about the ID. It looks to have a fairly prominent eye ring, more so than what shows on my bird apps for a least or spotted. Merlin ID’ed this as a Solitary Sandpiper, but that would be unusual in Washington.

Pretty fast, these guys, you caught in at a great pose and nice angle! Well done, Hans
ps I would put my money on Spotted SP.

Yup I think it’s a Spotty!
Yes, spotted sandpipers, semi palmated sandpipers least sandpiper are the ones I see primarily.

Hi David
Vary nice action, the detail, color and eye contact are vary nice. Most of the time, these bird are past me before I get my camera up for a shot. Nice work.