SINWP Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 in aid of RSPB - 1st Place

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Congratulations to Sarah Keates from Massachusetts, USA with this winning image entitled 'Piping plover chick finds a shell'.

Sarah tell us ''That is exciting news!!! Thanks so much, I'm truly honored!''

"The Piping plovers are a threatened species and protected by state and federal law. In Massachusetts, steps are taken each year to provide areas of the shoreline so that the birds can successfully breed. Piping plover chicks are able to feed themselves one day after hatching: these tiny chicks dash around the beach looking for food, usually with their parents nearby keeping a watchful eye. In this case, the chick was extremely interested in a shell that had washed up on the beach and went to investigate; this is my favorite shot from that encounter."

The details of the shot are as follows:
Time and location:
The shot was taken in July 2022 at Duxbury Beach, Duxbury, Massachusetts, USA.

Canon R5
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
Extender EF 1.4x III

1/2000 sec
focal length 700mm
Spot metering
No flash

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This individual or organisation is fundraising in aid of the RSPB. They are not fundraising on behalf of or in any formal capacity for the RSPB, and the RSPB cannot be held liable in any way for the event or activity

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no. 207076, Scotland no. SC037654

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