Shorebirds

An entire summer has passed and I’ve just made my first outing to the beach. It’s not as if it’s far away. It’s just that life has been so busy for all of us, that we didn’t event think about until I needed to photograph Myrtle the Sea Turtle.

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Photographing the sea turtle took back seat once I spotted these birds that I thought might be Piping Plovers.

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There were five of the tiny birds hanging together,

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exploring the shore,

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launching into flight to avoid the waves.

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The gulls seemed unfazed by the surf as was the lonely Wilson’s Snipe.

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A lone Least Sandpiper

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mixed among these Semipalmated Sandpipers.

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They scurried across the sand

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chasing lunch

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or simply watching me watching them.

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They scampered back and forth with the rising tide

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taking flight when threatened by the waves.

I had so much fun photographing the birds yesterday that Hannah and I returned today for a stroll along the beach, watching the shorebird’s antics.

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2 Responses to Shorebirds

  1. Laurie Sharp says:

    Great photos! I was on the beach last weekend (the other coast) and saw lots of little birds, too. I didn’t have my camera out but I think I saw plovers and sandpipers. Thanks for sharing all the sweet birdie pics!

  2. Bonnie says:

    Oh, how I love these pictures! Plovers are my favorite shorebirds and being a land-locked Missourian, I haven’t been to the ocean in at least three years. Thank you, and thanks for Myrtle the turtle, too.

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