Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Short-billed Dowitchers and Black-bellied Plovers

I happened upon this mixed flock of Black-bellied Plovers, Short-billed Dowitchers with a couple of Sanderlings (not shown) mixed in. These are not quite the quality of Chris’s Golden Plovers, but I’m rather happy I got what I did. You see, I tried shooting Black-bellied Plovers last spring and I couldn’t get within 100 yards (literally) before they spooked. These were shot at about 30 yards, not a close as I’d like but there was a bit of traffic on the beach and I was happy to get the time and the shots that I did.
©2009 ShootingMyUniverse
©2009 ShootingMyUniverse
©2009 ShootingMyUniverse
©2009 ShootingMyUniverse
©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

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9 comments:

Hundewanderer said...

Pretty birds. I can almost feel the wind in my hair along the beach... it's very hot where I live... no beach within sight. I love your photographs.

Roy said...

You still got some great results even if you didn't get as close as you wanted Steve. Sanderlings are my favourite shore birds.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Most interesting post. I only see birds similar to this when we are in Florida which is not too often.

Abraham Lincoln

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Oh I would say you did pretty darn well here Stve. Next time try crawling closer on your belly. A bit dusty, but it works. :)

Janie said...

Great shots. I think they're impressive.

Chris said...

Hi Steve,
Euh thanks, that's an honor for me! I mean your word! I'm very touched by these words!
I've to say that I can be really close to the golden plover, sometime less than 5 meters, they are not that scary.
But I do love your shots too that I found as good as mine, because I love this sandy area with shore birds. The compo are superb and the group shots very cool. Just one thing though, I would reduce a bit the light which is strong on some of them... But definitively I love these shots of two species I've never seen. Well done Steve!

Cindy said...

Beautiful shots, that's one of the nice things about your shots, that you can get so close! Up here all the viewing areas are restricted wildlife refuges so unless you have a scope it is hard to get close up shots.

Steve B said...

Thanks all and Chris, the words are well deserved.

Joan, I find that scooting on my ass works best because most of the time when I'm shooting shore birds, I'm in the muck or sand and this keep the gear cleaner.

When I'm in "the zone" I can be in the middle of a flock of peeps, but that may take a hour's work. When I have pressures from others enjoying the beach, I have to rely on just being obvious and non-threatening.

Cindy, I know what you mean about refuges. I want to be sure that I don't disrupt (as always) the birds, but I also don't want to set a bad example. I've been doing this for 30 years and pretty know what stresses the birds. And if the birds flush, then I may have screwed up someone else's chance to enjoy them.

On a public beach, I now that I have to work quickly and efficiently because there will always be traffic that will show no regards for stressing the birds and walk or run right through a flock.

Eve said...

These guys are all adorable! Love the black-bellied and what wonderful photos!

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