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Photo Info

Dimensions3649 x 2433
Original file size5.37 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceUncalibrated
Date taken17-Jul-05 18:22
Date modified24-Sep-10 09:47
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS-1D Mark II
Focal length700 mm
Exposure1/1000 at f/5.6
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 160
Metering modePattern
Piping Plover  (Charadrius melodus)

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)

The piping plover (Charadrius melodus) is a small sand-colored, sparrow-sized shorebird that nests and feeds along coastal sand and gravel beaches in North America. The adult has yellow-orange legs, a black band across the forehead from eye to eye, and a black ring around the neck. This chest band is usually thicker in males during the breeding season, and it's the only reliable way to tell the sexes apart. The bird is difficult to see when it is standing still, as it blends well with open, sandy beach habitats. It typically runs in short spurts and stops.