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More shorebird photography! (July 23 2015)

Posted by Liron on Sunday, July 26, 2015
On July 23rd, I had an awesome day of shorebird photography at Boundary Bay. There high numbers of shorebirds on the move: 9 species and thousands of birds, not including the escaped Ruff!

I started the day off by locating the Pacific Golden-Plovers in with a flock of Black-bellied Plovers:

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Plover flocks are hard to get close to, but one Black-bellied Plover allowed me to get close enough for some shots:

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I wandered around and found some Western Sandpiper flocks. They were a little harder to approach than normal but I still got some shots. Here's one (with a Least Sandpiper in the back):

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Next up was a lone Short-billed Dowitcher in a worn breeding plumage. These are my first photos of this species in breeding plumage!

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Most of the time when I see yellowlegs at Boundary Bay they are Greater Yellowlegs, so it was nice to see 6 Lesser Yellowlegs for a change:

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The escaped Ruff was also around. A surprisingly wary bird! Believe it or not, it somehow took me multiple visits before I saw this bird! :lol: 

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I now located a group of Semipalmated Plovers. These guys are usually quite difficult to photograph (they are wary of people), but there were some cooperative birds in the group:

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Just beyond the Semipalmated Plovers were hundreds of feeding sandpipers. They were mainly Western Sandpipers, but there were also Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers feeding with them.

This shot shows all three species. From left to right: Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper:

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Least Sandpiper:
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Western Sandpipers:

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Semipalmated Sandpipers:

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That concluded an awesome (over 8 hour) day at Boundary Bay!


Thanks for looking! :)




 

 

 

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