Category Archives: Shore Bird

Shore Scenes, Sept 2022

As the temperatures drop, even here, photographs from the shore always have a ‘warmth’ about them so I looked at the to do images on a chilly morning.

The first two images were taken near sun down giving a nice glow to the scenes. Both shots would not have been possible with a breeze, it was almost dead calm (for the ocean).

Shore Scenes, Sept 2022
Shore Scenes, Sept 2022
Shore Scenes, Sept 2022
Shore Scenes, Sept 2022

The second set were mid day and bright sun.

Shore Scenes, Sept 2022
Shore Scenes, Sept 2022
Shore Scenes, Sept 2022
Shore Scenes, Sept 2022

Above we had a fall wind, the waves getting choppy, the Pelicans adding some perspective to the photograph.

Charleston, South Carolina.

Sanderlings

They are also called ‘Peeps’ around here. Small, fly fast, and probably run faster.

Sanderlings
Sanderlings
Sanderlings
Sanderlings

While all the other shore birds are flying and diving these little guys scurry around, zipping past on a mission.

Sanderlings
Sanderlings

Sanderlings breed in the High Arctic areas of North America, Europe and Asia. They may migrate 6,000 miles (9,700 K) from the south to their northern nesting areas.

Sanderlings
Sanderlings

Charleston, South Carolina.

Bird On A Stick, Anhinga

A bird on a stick is obviously no big deal, unless it’s an Anhinga.

Then it could be fun.

Bird On A Stick, Anhinga
Bird On A Stick, Anhinga

Look at his feet, those are scuba diver flippers not bird feet. This guy is hanging on for dear life.

They do this all the time, they also fall straight down in heap too.

Anhinga are amazing divers and swimmers, they spear prey under water. But sitting in a tree top is not their strong suit.

Bird On A Stick, Anhinga
Bird On A Stick, Anhinga

I have seen them fall more than once. As long as there isn’t an Alligator underneath they do just fine.

BTW, the name Anhinga comes from the Tupi Indians in Brazil, meaning “devil bird” or “evil spirit of the woods.” They also call them a snake bird.

How do you say ‘Klutz’ in Tupi ?

Yellowlegs (Greater)

In the back of Bear Island wildlife area we are in the ‘Tall Wall’ time of year. Basically the reeds have reached the sky.

Below I found a hole in the wall, and a Yellowlegs wandering by.

Yellowlegs (Greater)
Yellowlegs (Greater)
Yellowlegs (Greater)
Yellowlegs (Greater)

Soon the grasses will be top heavy and just too tall to keep standing. That is the perfect time to be here, and typically find big flocks before the Island is closed for the winter migrating birds.

Yellowlegs (Greater)
Yellowlegs (Greater)
Yellowlegs (Greater)
Yellowlegs (Greater)

Passing And Sifting The Marsh, Spoonbill

I’ve been fooled by Spoonbills passing through like this. Yes, they are very focused on sifting through the water. However they know exactly where you are.

Passing And Sifting The Marsh, Spoonbill
Passing And Sifting The Marsh, Spoonbill
Passing And Sifting The Marsh, Spoonbill
Passing And Sifting The Marsh, Spoonbill

Best way to get these shots is stand there and wait. If they come past you it’s great. If they move a different direction find a plan B.

Passing And Sifting The Marsh, Spoonbill
Passing And Sifting The Marsh, Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill, ACE Basin.