Sanderlings with the Canon R3

Galveston Featherfest 2022 began for me with a Birds in Flight workshop on East Beach. We found these little sanderlings feeding along the shore. Sanderlings are only 7-inches long and they are in constant motion. You can imagine the fun we had photographing them. Canon R3, 100-500mm RF lens, 1.4x extender, shutter speed in the 1/4000th to 1/8000th range.

Sanderling; Calidris alba; Galveston; Texas; East Beach; Spring
Sanderling; Calidris alba; Galveston; Texas; East Beach; Spring
Sanderling; Calidris alba; Galveston; Texas; East Beach; Spring
Sanderling; Calidris alba; Galveston; Texas; East Beach; Spring

Have you photographed Sanderlings? Are they a challenge?

Author: kathyadamsclark

Professional photographer leading workshops and tours.

6 thoughts on “Sanderlings with the Canon R3”

  1. I was there! And, yes, the Sanderlings were a challenge. They ran back and forth, never sitting still. I got several photos of the running behavior, but never even tried to catch one in flight. Kudos to you for getting all of the flight images!

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    1. Thanks, Patti. I watched the behavior. Little waves didn’t make the sanderlings fly. It was the big waves that made them flying up. One of those over and over again things. Better luck next time.

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    1. It takes practice, Julie. Birds in flight is a skill that has to be developed. Spend hours and hours photographing gulls around a neighborhood lake or the shoreline. It takes practice and lots of practice. Good luck!

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  2. Yes, Sanderlings are fun and fast. I’ll have to experiment with 1/4000s to 1/8000s, I usually never try that fast! Had a good time at Featherfest, took 8000 pics, I think I’m going crazy!

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    1. You really need to try the 1/4000th or 1/8000th shutter speed. When there’s good light, of course. It’s amazing on birds like the sanderling. 8000 pix at Featherfest! Way to go! That’s a lot of editing but I know there’s good work in there. You’ve got the photo bug big time!

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