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Golden-Plovers Galore

Posted by Liron on Wednesday, September 28, 2016
While birding last weekend at Boundary Bay, I spotted some golden plovers mixed in with the abundant Black-bellied Plovers. There were 4 Pacific Golden-Plovers and 2 American Golden-Plovers. Approaching plover flocks is usually extremely difficult, and the tide was also very high, which meant that if I was going to approach the birds, I would get soaking wet.

I decided to go for it, since it is very rare to see such a large group of golden-plovers in this area. The water was about 5 inches deep, meaning I got soaking wet as a crawled towards the birds, holding my camera above the surface, keeping it dry. Thankfully, the mud was hard and there was no wind or waves, so I felt my gear was very safe.

After a very slow approach for a long time, I found myself around 4 metres away from these beautiful birds. In the years I have photographed shorebirds at Boundary Bay I have had many amazing moments, but this was definitely one of my favorite ones ever. I got the shots I had hoped for of Pacific-Golden, American-Golden, and Black-bellied Plovers. I got soaking wet, but it was undoubtedly worth it!

After some time with the birds I moved off, leaving them to their resting and feeding.

Pacific Golden-Plover
Pacific Golden-Plover


Pacific Golden-Plover
Pacific Golden-Plover


American Golden-Plover
American Golden-Plover


Pacific Golden-Plover
Pacific Golden-Plover


Black-bellied Plovers
Black-bellied Plover


Pacific Golden-Plover
Pacific Golden-Plover


Pacific Golden-Plover
Pacific Golden-Plover


American Golden-Plover
American Golden-Plover


Thanks for looking!



 

 

 

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