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13 minutes ago, floraphile said:

Juvenile crow?  Do immature Fish Crows ever have blue eyes or only American?

It looks like they may, but if you ever catch a photo of one you should definitely tag it as such because not much at all comes up in Macaulay Library. (And this fine fellow was technically Northwestern, if that's still a meaningful differentiation at this point.)

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I bellyflopped in several inches of mucky freshwater in an attempt to get an eye level shot of a pair of Least Sandpipers, and then crawled on my elbows to get closer. (Probably should have removed my coat before doing this) I had also forgotten about the existence of leeches until one bit my stomach...anyways, I think it was worth it in the end! I got probably the best shot I’ll ever get of the species, and was treated to awesome views as they foraged and preened. 2400?__hstc=264660688.f1f7626cc713eeaaeb
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/342830091

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4 hours ago, Birding Boy said:

I bellyflopped in several inches of mucky freshwater in an attempt to get an eye level shot of a pair of Least Sandpipers, and then crawled on my elbows to get closer. (Probably should have removed my coat before doing this) I had also forgotten about the existence of leeches until one bit my stomach...anyways, I think it was worth it in the end! I got probably the best shot I’ll ever get of the species, and was treated to awesome views as they foraged and preened. 2400?__hstc=264660688.f1f7626cc713eeaaeb
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/342830091

Spoken like a true birder!!! ?

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5 hours ago, Birding Boy said:

I bellyflopped in several inches of mucky freshwater in an attempt to get an eye level shot of a pair of Least Sandpipers, and then crawled on my elbows to get closer. (Probably should have removed my coat before doing this) I had also forgotten about the existence of leeches until one bit my stomach...anyways, I think it was worth it in the end! I got probably the best shot I’ll ever get of the species, and was treated to awesome views as they foraged and preened. 2400?__hstc=264660688.f1f7626cc713eeaaeb
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/342830091

I find that there's a lot more gratification in those shots that we work a little harder to get than those shots that we just settle for.  Well done. ?

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9 minutes ago, lonestranger said:

I find that there's a lot more gratification in those shots that we work a little harder to get than those shots that we just settle for.  Well done. ?

Thank you! You are so right, I debated getting dirty, but boy it was worth it. Even the questioning look I got from my Mom ?

As an added bonus, I learned something new. Shorebirds have flexible beak tips, which I would guess helps them feel for and capture prey underground. 

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5 hours ago, Birding Boy said:

I bellyflopped in several inches of mucky freshwater in an attempt to get an eye level shot of a pair of Least Sandpipers, and then crawled on my elbows to get closer. (Probably should have removed my coat before doing this) I had also forgotten about the existence of leeches until one bit my stomach...anyways, I think it was worth it in the end! I got probably the best shot I’ll ever get of the species, and was treated to awesome views as they foraged and preened. 2400?__hstc=264660688.f1f7626cc713eeaaeb
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/342830091

Wow!  I think I would've wimped out and used the articulating screen and live view.  Great shot!

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38 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Wow!  I think I would've wimped out and used the articulating screen and live view.  Great shot!

Thanks! Woulda been tough to use live view, as there was a bunch of mucky ground leading up to the waters edge and it would have been tough to get a stable platform for the camera. Though admittedly I don’t have enough experience using live view, I need to practice more with that. 

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