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Photographing the Red Knot

Posted by Liron on Monday, September 7, 2015
Unlike my mission to photograph the Bar-tailed Godwit, the Red Knot is a species that I have wanted to photograph for many years. Red Knots are present in very small numbers at Boundary Bay throughout much of the shorebird migration. They can be very difficult to spot however, because single birds usual travel with flocks of hundreds or thousands of Black-bellied Plovers.

I have seen many Red Knots at Boundary Bay, however they are all usually just specks in the distance. Only once have I ever gotten a somewhat closer look, but that was still from about 100m away.

I was birding at Boundary Bay on September 4 2015, and after a long time without seeing many shorebirds, I eventually found a large flock of 500+ Black-bellied Plovers that was out at the shoreline, maybe 1-1.5km from shore. I walked towards the flock and spotted what I hoped to see: a Red Knot! This is a photo shows my first, distant and hazy look at the juvenile bird:

ImageRed Knot by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr


Over the next hour I closed the distance. Eventually I had the Red Knot very close to me. As usual, I got covered in mud but it was totally worth it!

ImageRed Knot by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImageRed Knot by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImageRed Knot by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr


Next step: breeding plumage? I guess I'll have to wait until spring for that! :lol:




 

 

 

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