Category Archives: Shore Birds

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

Willet On The Hunt, In The Wind

It was late afternoon and windy at the beach when I spotted a Willet hunting in a tidal pool.

Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt
Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt

Often these shore birds go back and forth in the same pool, probing around the edges for food.

Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt
Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt

This time the wind kept him moving further down the beach.

Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt
Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt

He was having success at finding some snacks.

Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt
Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt

Flying By With Lunch

Gulls and terns were snagging lunch out of the pond and flying off to eat it on a recent gorgeous blue-skyed day.

Tern Flying with Fish
Common Tern Flying with Fish

The gulls will try to steal another bird’s catch so a successful hunter will quickly move on to a safer spot to eat.

Tern Flying with Fish
Tern Flying with Fish

Most of the catching was on the other side of the pond, swooping away from me.

Tern Catching Fish
Tern Catching Fish

This tern opted to fly low with his catch.

Common Tern Flying with Fish
Common Tern Flying with Fish

While a gull took off higher before disappearing over the marsh.

Gull Flying with Fish
Laughing Gull Flying with Fish

August 4, 2020

The Amazing Hover, 2

Further along in my walk after photographing The Amazing Hover, 1 I spotted another hunting Least Tern.

Least Tern Hovering
Least Tern Hovering

It was interesting to see the bird from a head-on angle, and how his wings worked.

Least Tern Hovering
Least Tern Hovering

He moved very little, hovering in place. I had no trouble staying focused on his position.

Least Tern Hovering
Least Tern Hovering

And I got the start of a dive. Unfortunately my view of the surface was obstructed and I missed the splash and couldn’t tell if he caught a fish.

Least Tern Hovering
Least Tern Hovering