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Lesser Yellowlegs - Great Bear Rainforest Shoreline

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In the Field

Lesser Yellowlegs - Great Bear Rainforest Shoreline. Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada. 16 September 2019.

What? There's BIRDS in the Great Bear Rainforest? Yep. And a whole lot more than just those boring Bald Eagles! ;-)

As most folks know, the Great Bear Rainforest is located on BC's central and northern coast. Given the moderate temperatures and its coastal location, the Great Bear Rainforest is home to hundreds of species of birds, and many more pass through on migration on an annual basis. Particularly good times to see a wide variety of birds in the Great Bear is in the April through June timeframe in the spring and late August through late September in the autumn.

This Lesser Yellowlegs was passing through the Great Bear in mid-September (along with its buddy!) when it paused on the shoreline and allowed us to get a really good look at it. There's no doubt this is a well-named species - as this image shows they have REALLY long legs (relative to body size). Add in the striking and vibrant yellow coloration, and those legs REALLY stand out and become the distinguishing feature of the species.

Here's a considerably larger (2400 pixel) version of this stately and well-groomed Yellowlegs for your perusal:

Lesser Yellowlegs - Great Bear Rainforest Shoreline: Download 2400 pixel image (JPEG: 1.2 MB)

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

1. This image was captured during our "Into the Great Bear Rainforest" exploratory photo adventure in September of 2019. Each year we offer photo tours into several different parts of the Great Bear Rainforest as well trips to photograph marine mammals and oceanscapes in locations on Vancouver Island. And, in selected years, I also offer photo tours to locations to capture other highly sought-after subjects, such as Dall Sheep, Bald Eagles, and more. Details about these trips can be found on the Photo Tours page of this website.

2. This image - in all resolutions - is protected by copyright. I'm fine with personal uses of them (including use as desktop backgrounds or screensavers on your own computer), but unauthorized commercial use of the image is prohibited by law. Thanks in advance for respecting my copyright!

3. Like all wildlife photographs on this website, this image was captured following the strict ethical guidelines described in The Wildlife FIRST! Principles of Photographer Conduct. I encourage all wildlife photographers to always put the welfare of their subjects above the value of their photographs.

Behind the Camera

Lesser Yellowlegs - Great Bear Rainforest Shoreline. Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada. 16 September 2019.

Digital Capture; Compressed RAW (NEF) 14-bit format; ISO 900.

Nikon D5 paired with Nikkor 180-400mm f4E zoom lens at 560mm (with built-in 1.4x TC engaged). Hand-held from Zodiac. VR on and in Sport mode. 9-point Dynamic Area AF mode.

1/800s @ f8; -1.0 stop compensation from "recommended" matrix-metered exposure setting.

At the Computer

Lesser Yellowlegs - Great Bear Rainforest Shoreline. Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada. 16 September 2019.

RAW Conversion to 16-bit PSD file (and JPEG files for web use), including all global and selective adjustments, using Phase One's Capture One Pro 12. Global adjustments to this shot were limited to adjustments to levels (contrast), colour saturation, and noise reduction. Selective local adjustments performed using Capture One Pro's layers and masking tools. In this case adjustments were made on 7 separate layers and included local/selective editing of (or adjustment of) color saturation and hue, sharpness, brightness, and structure.

Photoshop modifications were limited to the insertion of the watermark and/or text.

Conservation

Lesser Yellowlegs - Great Bear Rainforest Shoreline. Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada. 16 September 2019.

Species Status in Canada*: Not currently listed as Threatened or Endangered.

The Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) is a common, medium-sized shorebird that is recognized by its long, yellow legs, long neck and "graceful" stride. It is easily confused with the Greater Yellowlegs, but the latter has a relatively longer bill that is slightly recurved.

Lesser Yellowlegs breed in the northern portions of North America from northwestern Alaska eastward to Central Quebec. They overwinter throughout Central and South America, the West Indies, and portions of the southern United States.

Generally the populations of Lesser Yellowlegs (estimated at about 400,000 birds worldwide) have been considered secure and of low concern, but there have been enough suggestions of decline to prompt the US Fish & Wildlife Services to list the Lesser Yellowlegs as of "National Concern".

*as determined by COSEWIC: The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada