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Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper (Image ID 38122)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Fri 27th Dec, 2019 and uploaded on Sun 12th Jan, 2020 .
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CommentThe Curlew Sandpiper is a smallish migratory wader and shorebird, which breeds in Siberia and Alaska. It winters in Australia, arriving here in September and leaving again the following April. It forages on tidal mudflats and a good place to get to see it in Western Australia is at the Peel-Harvey Estuary. A gregarious species it mixes readily with other small shorebirds of similar size and colouring, and in such a flock it can be difficult to identify positively at a distance. Getting up close, however, you may notice the slightly downwards curved bill which is somewhat longer than that of the similar Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. Also, its legs are blackish rather than greenish in comparison. Federally, The Curlew Sandpiper is still a common bird during the summer months in Australia, but numbers have dropped over several decades. Nairns, Coodanup Foreshore Reserve; GPS. Status: ‘Near Threatened’
EquipmentOlympus OM-D E-M1X camera body with Olympus 300mm f4 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko lens + Olympus MC-14 1.4x Teleconverter; handheld Olympus: Camera settings: Exposure/Shooting Program: ‘Manual’, shutter speed 1/1600s, f6.3 & ISO-800. Metering Mode: Centre Weighted Average (5 sensors); Focus Mode: C-AF+TR(acking) and shooting in ‘Drive Low’ at 10 frames/sec Olympus Workspace for viewing; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2019 for post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins for noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationNairns, Mandurah; GPS, Western Australia
Keywordsadult, non-breeding plumage/features
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