Photo of the Week: Semipalmated Sandpiper

9/7/2015 | 0

Semipalmated Sandpiper ©2015 Santosh Shanmuga

Semipalmated Sandpiper ©2015 Santosh Shanmuga

A Semipalmated Sandpiper, silhouetted in the morning light, walks on Slaughter Beach, in central Delaware, in late May. The beach, just north of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, is a spring stopover for thousands of shorebirds, including Dunlin, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, and Sanderling.

Santosh Shanmuga of Gaithersburg, Maryland, shot the photo with a Nikon D3S and a Nikkor 500mm lens.

“With the golden morning sun rising over the ocean, I lay down on the beach and stalked some Semipalmated Sandpipers,” he says. “One individual pretty much walked up to me, and the combination of the backlit bird and the sunlight glimmering off the wet sand behind it made for one of my favorite images of the year.”

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