Two Least Sandpipers Calidris minutilla

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    Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla, the smallest shorebird, as seen in a lagoon formed by an earlier high tide on Morro Strand State Beach by the Azure Street entrance, Morro Bay, CA, 30 Oct. 2010, during a stunning golden sunset.
    Ref. says “This species has greenish legs and a short thin dark bill. Breeding adults are brown with dark brown streaks on top and white underneath. They have a light line above the eye and a dark crown. In winter, Least Sandpipers are grey above. The juveniles are brightly patterned above with rufous colouration and white mantle stripes. This bird can be difficult to distinguish from other similar tiny shorebirds; these are known collectively as peeps or stints.”
    Shot in RAW of course, late light provided the warm image shown here without much specific post-processing using auto white balance default conversion settings. Normal Lightroom cleanup applied, including some noise reduction for the higher ISO images in this series taken later in the evening.
    Photo by "Mike" Michael L. Baird, mike [at} mikebaird d o t com,; Canon 1D Mark III, Canon 600mm f/4.0 Lens, with Circular Polarizer to little or negative effect, on a Gitzo GZGT5540LS tripod with Wimberley Gimbal Head II, leveling base, about one foot off the ground. To use this photo, see access, attribution, and commenting recommendations at - Please add comments/notes/tags to add to or correct information, identification, etc. Please, no comments or invites with badges, images, multiple invites, award levels, flashing icons, or award/post rules. Critique invited.

    12 May 20-12 Creative Commons use note:
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    Donald Quintana, Cosper Wosper, and 15 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Cosper Wosper 54 months ago | reply

      Excellent shot. :@)

    2. ~Brenda-Starr~ 54 months ago | reply

      Wow, such a marvelous image Mike!

      Thank you for sharing :))

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    3. Yi Luo 54 months ago | reply

      Cool! Great capture, sharp and clear image, and the reflection is perfect

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    4. auntiepauline 54 months ago | reply

      Sweet. I like the reflections.

    5. Gurusan2010 54 months ago | reply

      nice shot and reflections !

    6. Alan Vernon. 54 months ago | reply

      Superb shot. Love the composition.

    7. Elizabeth Haslam 54 months ago | reply

      Mike, this is the best of this bird and a wonderful one anywhere.

    8. Ducklover Bonnie 54 months ago | reply


      Seen in the fowlest group on Flickr!
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    9. Di Smith 54 months ago | reply

      A magic photo well done. This photo was seen in the group" A Lot of Water".

    10. Mark Payton Photography 54 months ago | reply

      Nice mirrored reflection and image....well done!

    11. FurBabyLuv *Finally back Online 54 months ago | reply

      Fantastic Shot!

      This is just unbearbly cute! Thank you for posting it in our group. Unbearably Cute!

    12. Fotografo naturalista 54 months ago | reply

      Fantastica immagine:)

    13. eoind 54 months ago | reply

      Absolutely gorgeous.
      Not just this photo, but you have a beautiful photostream.

    14. freguggin2010 53 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot

    15. Temari 09 50 months ago | reply

      Beautiful image! Thanks for sharing your photos with Flickr.

    16. EncyclopediaOfLife 48 months ago | reply

      Encyclopedia of Life curator Michаel Frаnkis has trusted your image on the EOL site

    17. Temari 09 25 months ago | reply

      These little birds are so sweet! :)

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