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Keywords:Assateague Island, Atlantic Ocean, Calidris alba, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Coast, Estuary, Sanderling, Virginia, bird, coastal, eastern shore, feeding, marsh, molting, sand, shore, surf, waves, wetland, winter plumage
Photo Info

Dimensions9000 x 6000
Original file size28.4 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken18-May-16 17:58
Date modified12-Mar-17 20:31
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D810
Focal length600 mm
Focal length (35mm)600 mm
Max lens aperturef/4
Exposure1/2500 at f/5.6
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 400
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x


If you have spent any time on the sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast you know Sanderlings from their habit of running rapidly as they chase the edge of the surf in and out while feeding on tiny crustaceans in the sand.

This image shows a Sanderling in transition from its winter plumage (mostly gray) to its breeding plumage of rich reddish browns. I photographed it on a stopover in Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge during its long migration to its breeding grounds in the far reaches of the Northern Arctic.