Can anyone identify this little sandpiper? He/she is really small, I would estimate around 6" in length located here in western Oregon at this time.
Not a great image, but always fun getting captures of birds that I haven't got in my inventory. Taken with a d4 with a Nikon 500mm f4.0 lens and tc 1.4EII. They were taken at an f8.0 at 1/1000 at an iso of 360.
Thanks for the id. The sandpiper was not shown in my Willamette Valley regional book, but is shown in my National Audubon field guide. The bird is rare in this region, so glad I got an image of the solitary sandpiper. Pretty small bird so hard to get an up close image without cropping a lot. I will revisit the area next week to see if he/she is still in the area. I may attach my tc 1.7EII instead of the tc 1.4EII that I was using. I don't trust the stronger converter as much as the 1.4 for good focusing, ok in the right kind of light.
Yes, the Solitary sandpiper is listed as rare here in western Oregon and that's way I was having so much trouble identifying the bird. My National Audubon Society field guide shows a picture of a Solitary and the picture matches the image I took? Maybe global warming?