Picture of the Day - "Sanderling Close Up" - Sept 4, 2017

The other day when we were at Cap Lumiere, NB to see the seals, we encountered a few Sanderlings on the edge of the beach, wandering around getting food. These small wading birds are fascinating to watch how they get food by dragging their beak through the sand, making little trails, each time a wave washes up on the beach.

We squatted down and watched this particular Sanderling going about his business of watching the waves wash in and getting food immediately afterwards. We watched him for quite a few minutes all the while taking a few photos. Then he started to wander directly towards us while gathering food. We didn't move, but kept taking photos. At one point, he was so close, I couldn't focus on him as he was beyond my focus limit of my lens. He didn't seem bothered in the least that he was that close to us. Afterwards, he turned to go in the other direction and when he was a little ways away from us again, we got up and moved on. Such amazing birds.

Taken with Sony A6500 & Canon 100-400mm f4-5.6 IS L ll with Canon 1.4x lll teleconverter. Shot settings: 1/640 secs, f8, ISO 320, manual.

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