The facial shot reveals something I believe to be significant for this bird – it has binary vision around the tip of its bill. Most waders have very little binary vision because their eyes are set exactly across from each other, to cover each their 180 degrees (and discover predators that way). These waders use their super-sensitive bills to locate food in the muck, but I believe SBS’s use vision to see the bugs before they grab them.

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Taken: 11 June, 2015
  • Exposure bias: +2/3EV
  • Focal length: 600mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s

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