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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2310 on: August 19, 2013, 04:34:28 PM »

It's tiny, just a bit bigger than a chickadee, and there were two of them on the sand at the edge of the Ottawa river, near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It would use it's beak to quickly probe the sand.

Very nice shot Don. Well done.

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« Reply #2310 on: August 19, 2013, 04:34:28 PM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2311 on: August 19, 2013, 07:29:12 PM »
Does anyone know what this bird is?

It's tiny, just a bit bigger than a chickadee, and there were two of them on the sand at the edge of the Ottawa river, near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It would use it's beak to quickly probe the sand.

It is a Least Sandpiper juvenile. I photographed one here on the 9th. (  Confirmed by local bird experts, and a new early arrival record for the area) My pict is almost identical to yours - it is spooky.

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« Reply #2312 on: August 19, 2013, 07:31:27 PM »
If you like birds, the best app purchase I ever made was Sibley's Bird Guide for mobile phones. It has some extensive information on how to identify birds, and has a huge catalog of over 800 species native to north america (and some very rare visitors from other continents.) It was what I used when I first identified the Least Sandpiper in the photo I linked.

+1 - it's how I knew it wasn't a Baird's.  ;)
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« Reply #2313 on: August 19, 2013, 10:31:16 PM »
I'm really in awe of the photos on here, especially the Hummingbirds over the last few pages.  And the Osprey.

So far this is the best I've done with an action shot.  A Cooper's Hawk in Downtown Denver.  It flung the squirrel off a tree trunk which gave me just enough time to point the camera and take a burst as it was going in for the kill.

Second one and third are the Hawk after stashing it's kill.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2314 on: August 20, 2013, 01:14:22 PM »
I'm inclined to say it is a Least Sandpiper, which is the smallest of the shorebirds (and only slightly larger than a Chickadee). I almost said Baird's, however they have dark gray legs, and are slightly larger...and have maybe a slightly longer bill.

Actually, you did say Baird's, before the edit.   ;)

But I'm inclined to agree that it's a least sandpiper.

There were two yesterday and about 20 today.... I checked my bird books again and they are about the first of the migrating birds to pass through here.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2315 on: August 20, 2013, 01:17:46 PM »
I believe this one is a Greater Yellowlegs...
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2316 on: August 20, 2013, 01:22:52 PM »
I believe this one is a Greater Yellowlegs...

Aye, Greater Yellowlegs. Key differences are the slightly larger size, and the longer, slightly upturned bill on the greater. Really good shots, Don. Nice, close up, sharp and detailed. I can't wait till these beauties start migrating through Colorado again.

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« Reply #2317 on: August 20, 2013, 01:39:59 PM »
Ah, since we're on the topic here's one I shot in April I thought was a lesser yellowlegs but I'm being told it's not.  Any idea?

It's a fair sized bird maybe about the size of a Canadian robin.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2318 on: August 20, 2013, 02:48:06 PM »
Ah, since we're on the topic here's one I shot in April I thought was a lesser yellowlegs but I'm being told it's not.  Any idea?

It's a fair sized bird maybe about the size of a Canadian robin.

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One of the defining characteristics of the greater and lesser yellowlegs is "bright yellow legs". My shot above has no colour corrections or adjustments made to it, the legs really are that yellow....

Could yours be a solitary sandpiper? Where did you see it? What part of the world and what habitat? It would make it easier to ID.
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« Reply #2319 on: August 20, 2013, 02:53:54 PM »
Ah, since we're on the topic here's one I shot in April I thought was a lesser yellowlegs but I'm being told it's not.  Any idea?

It's a fair sized bird maybe about the size of a Canadian robin.

Jack

I'd go with solitary sandpiper as well.

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« Reply #2320 on: August 20, 2013, 03:10:37 PM »
Ah, since we're on the topic here's one I shot in April I thought was a lesser yellowlegs but I'm being told it's not.  Any idea?

It's a fair sized bird maybe about the size of a Canadian robin.

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It's a green sandpiper. I took a photo of one with a little egret and a dragonfly on Sunday. Guess which is which?
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2321 on: August 20, 2013, 03:25:08 PM »
Ah, since we're on the topic here's one I shot in April I thought was a lesser yellowlegs but I'm being told it's not.  Any idea?

It's a fair sized bird maybe about the size of a Canadian robin.

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It's a green sandpiper. I took a photo of one with a little egret and a dragonfly on Sunday. Guess which is which?

Cool shot, Alan 8)
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« Reply #2322 on: August 20, 2013, 03:43:49 PM »
I believe this one is a Greater Yellowlegs...

Yes it is...And it's a great shot also. Nicely done.

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« Reply #2322 on: August 20, 2013, 03:43:49 PM »

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« Reply #2323 on: August 20, 2013, 03:56:00 PM »
Ah, since we're on the topic here's one I shot in April I thought was a lesser yellowlegs but I'm being told it's not.  Any idea?

It's a fair sized bird maybe about the size of a Canadian robin.

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It's a green sandpiper. I took a photo of one with a little egret and a dragonfly on Sunday. Guess which is which?

Alan, your sandpiper is actually a bit different than Jack's. His is definitely a Solitary Sandpiper, as evidenced by the spots on its back (which your sandpiper lacks...indicating it is in non-breeding plumage, while solitaries maintain their spots in non-breeding plumage.) Additionally, I do not believe Green Sandpipers visit North America, and as Jack is from Canada, that lends more credence to the id being a Solitary Sandpiper.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2324 on: August 20, 2013, 05:06:22 PM »
Ah, since we're on the topic here's one I shot in April I thought was a lesser yellowlegs but I'm being told it's not.  Any idea?

It's a fair sized bird maybe about the size of a Canadian robin.

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It's a green sandpiper. I took a photo of one with a little egret and a dragonfly on Sunday. Guess which is which?

Alan, your sandpiper is actually a bit different than Jack's. His is definitely a Solitary Sandpiper, as evidenced by the spots on its back (which your sandpiper lacks...indicating it is in non-breeding plumage, while solitaries maintain their spots in non-breeding plumage.) Additionally, I do not believe Green Sandpipers visit North America, and as Jack is from Canada, that lends more credence to the id being a Solitary Sandpiper.

You are most probably right, but the green sandpiper usually does have spots on its back, mine is a juvenile bird - see Wikipedia:

"This species is a somewhat plump wader with a dark greenish-brown back and wings, greyish head and breast and otherwise white underparts. The back is spotted white to varying extents, being maximal in the breeding adult, and less in winter and young birds. The legs and short bill are both dark green.

It is conspicuous and characteristically patterned in flight, with the wings dark above and below and a brilliant white rump. The latter feature reliably distinguishes it from the slightly smaller but otherwise very similar Solitary Sandpiper (T. solitaria) of North America." Canada is part of the Commonwealth, spelling such words as colour correctly so you never who might be visiting from here. :)
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