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Recent Boundary Bay Shorebirds

Posted by Liron on Saturday, September 13, 2014
During the past few weeks I have taken literally thousands upon thousands of shorebird photos at Boundary Bay, so many it is hard to go through all of them! I am still processing most but for now here are a few:

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Lifer, #645! :D ABA Code 3.
Every year a few Sharp-tailed Sandpipers are seen in the Vancouver BC area. On September 4 2014 at Boundary Bay, BC, Canada, a flock of Pectoral Sandpipers flew in, and in among them I was really excited to spot this guy, a juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpiper! A beautiful bird!

Canon EOS 60D | Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM | 1/1250 | ISO 320 | f/5.6

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Stilt Sandpiper
These birds are fairly easy to see at Reifel, but this was the first time I had seen one at Boundary Bay.

Canon EOS 60D | Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM | 1/1600 | ISO 320 | f/5.6

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Least Sandpiper
Often when you use an aperture like f/5.6 that creates lots of depth of field on a bird that is very close you end up with not all of the bird in sharp focus. For this reason it is sometimes worth stopping down a bit to something like f/9. The only issue with this is that you will lose a bit of depth of field in the background, even though your whole subject will be in better focus. For this shot I used f/5.6 and it worked out very well because the bird was exactly horizontal to me, so the whole bird was in sharp focus even at f/5.6.

Canon EOS 60D | Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM | 1/1000 | ISO 250 | f/5.6

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Short-billed Dowitcher
Feeding with Long-billed Dowitchers, Lesser Yellowlegs and a Stilt Sandpiper were a few Short-billed Dowitchers. Note the striped tertials which area good way to separate juvenile Short-billed Dowitchers from juvenile Long-billed Dowitchers. I am very happy with this shot, my best so far of a Short-billed Dowitcher. :) 

Canon EOS 60D | Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM | 1/1600 | ISO 320 | f/5.6

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Pectoral Sandpiper
Over the years I have spent a lot of time at Boundary Bay during shorebird migration, and I have learned how to find and photograph these birds very well. One of the steps that comes with getting a good photograph of the migrating shorebirds is being able to get close enough for a photo. This takes a variety of things on your part, but it also takes a cooperative bird. On many occasions, especially in the more recent couple of years, I have photographed birds at the bay that end up coming too close for me to focus. While leading a shorebird photography workshop on September 7th, we got a very cooperative Pectoral Sandpiper that allowed for close photos like this one.

Canon EOS 60D | Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM | 1/800 | ISO 200 | f/5.6

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Semipalmated Plover
Although not recent, I did not process this photo from July until recently. Semipalmated Plovers are hard birds to get close to so I was very happy with this shot. :) 

Canon EOS 60D | Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM | 1/800 | ISO 200 | f/5.6

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Baird's Sandpipers
It was late afternoon and the tide was high, so high that it came all the way up to the dike. There was a group of Baird's Sandpipers that was flying back and forth along the dike looking for a place to land, and two of them decided to land on this log that was one of the few places left to land on. I went in for a photo, but the water around the log was deep so for this shot I was almost entirely underwater except for my head, arms and camera. It was worth it though! The water was as still as it possibly could have been so I wasn't worried about a wave splashing my camera. After taking a few quick shots I went to dry off in the sun.

Canon EOS 60D | Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM | 1/1250 | ISO 200 | f/5.6

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It has been a great past while of shorebirding! :) I will hopefully upload some more shots onto my Flickr or maybe here soon, so stay tuned!

If you would like to join me for a shorebird photography workshop at Boundary Bay, visit:http://lironswildlifephotography.yolasite.com/workshops.php

"I had a great afternoon birding in the Boundary Bay with Liron last weekend. Liron knows exactly where to go, find and photograph shorebirds along the vast bay area without wasting time. His knowledge of the area and bird species was very impressive. He is also a great photographer and helped locate good shooting locations and angles, as well as the right way to approach birds. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is interested in capturing fantastic shots of migratory shorebirds that are moving through Boundary Bay at this time."

Thanks for looking! :)




 

 

 

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