Category Archives: Shore Birds

Black-necked Stilt Fly-by

A pair of Black-necked Stilts swooped on by me as I stood on a dike at Orlando Wetlands.

Pair of Black-necked Stilts in Flight
Pair of Black-necked Stilts in Flight

Often described as “stately” due to their color scheme and long legs, they are also elegant flyers.

Pair of Black-necked Stilts in Flight
Pair of Black-necked Stilts in Flight

And fly they did, right on to the other side of this impoundment.

Pair of Black-necked Stilts in Flight
Pair of Black-necked Stilts in Flight

April 10, 2022

American Oystercatchers, Bulls Island

A pair of American Oystercatchers were standing on a dike between two brackish ponds, with no oysters in sight for their breakfast.

American Oystercatchers
American Oystercatchers

They didn’t stay long, and is sometimes the case when photographing birds in flight, they were too close to cut one out of the picture, and too far apart to make a really pleasing composition. But it is birds in flight and you can see their eyes so I went with it.

American Oystercatchers In Flight
American Oystercatchers In Flight

One of the birds was banded, a project of The American Oystercatcher Working Group (http://amoywg.org/).

American Oystercatcher In Flight
American Oystercatcher In Flight

Bulls Island is an uninhabited 5000 acre barrier island off the coast of South Carolina with multiple ecosystems including maritime forest, fresh and brackish water impoundments and salt marsh.

April 2, 2022

Ring-billed Gull Snagging Lunch

I spotted this Ring-billed Gull just before he hit the water.

Ring-billed Gull Face Plant
Ring-billed Gull Face Plant

There wasn’t much of a splash and the gull’s wings never went under the surface.

Ring-billed Gull Face Plant
Ring-billed Gull Face Plant

One powerful beat of his wings and he was up.

Ring-billed Got A Fish
Ring-billed Got A Fish

A small splash and he was away.

Ring-billed Liftoff With Fish
Ring-billed Liftoff With Fish

Wasting no time, he sped off before one of the other circling gulls or terns noticed his catch.

Ring-billed Liftoff With Fish
Ring-billed Liftoff With Fish

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
December 25, 2021

Beach Treasure

Sanderlings poke and prod the sand as they work up and down the beach, eating little creepy-crawlies they feel with their beaks.

Sanderling on the Beach
Sanderling on the Beach

This one was intrigued by a dead crab. Could it be a treasure?

Sanderling on the Beach
Sanderling on the Beach

Not so sure, he tried the other side. He gave the crab a couple of pokes and moved on. This treasure was trash for this bird.

Sanderling on the Beach
Sanderling on the Beach

Plovers in the Air

Birds flying in tight flocks fascinate me, leaving me wondering how they communicate that synchronized take off, flight and landing. And of course I have to try to photograph them at it.

Flying Plovers
Flying Plovers

I saw this flock take off from a mud flat then make a quick u-turn.

Flying Plovers
Flying Plovers

They looped around the pond a few times then landed pretty much where they started.

Flock of Plovers Coming in for Landing
Flock of Plovers Coming in for Landing