After our time at the Commander Islands we sailed north to Karaginskiy Island. This was a commercial fishing area and along the coast we cruised around a shipwrecked Trawler that sank in a storm in 1978. I had put on my 35mm f/1.4 in anticipation of landscape opportunities and the rusting trawler, mountains, and storm clouds aligned just right. The equivalent focal length was about 53mm and using a 1/60s shutter speed I was able to use an f/11 aperture for an increased depth of field and still was able to lower the ISO to 200. The crop sensor of the D7200 has a greater depth of field and with f/11 I was able to keep the mountains in focus.
It was nice to see birds that I usually see in basic plumage in the finest breeding color.
We were lucky to find a couple of pairs of Spoon-billed Sandpipers on one of the landings. We were with 20 meters of the birds and a couple of males were displaying. This species has about 240 breeding pairs left in the world. Their decline has be due to habitat loss especially in there migration and wintering habitat.
Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea)
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