Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)
South Beach, Chatham, Massachusetts - 2 August 2002
The following images were digiscoped with a Nikon Coolpix 995 camera through a Leica Televid scope w/20-60X eyepiece (at about 30X). The original images (all rather blurry, unfortunately) have been cropped, digitally sharpened somewhat, and the contrast increased a bit. They were taken late in the day (approx. 6:30 pm) with the sun at my back.
This is one of the two Red-necked Stints on South Beach in Chatham first found by Rick Heil and Jeremiah Trimble the previous evening (1 August). I presume this is the paler of the two birds they saw.
Although none of the pictures are sharp, they show several salient features: the reddish-orange suffusion on the neck and throat bordered below with a band of fine streaking on the whitish upper breast; the sharply contrasting rusty and black pattern on the scapulars; and the short legs (none of the tibia showing, unlike the Semipalmated Sandpipers to its right). Unfortunately, I was unable to get any shots of the bill, which was noticeably short.
The stint with a Sanderling on the left and two Semipalmated Sandpipers on the right
This is the first image blown up and cropped