Shorebirds at OBX


I’ve had a lot of fun trying to capture shorebirds around the Outer Banks in the past month, but many times it was quite challenging trying to ID them in their non-breeding plumage, especially if shot at a distance.

Those interested in a great shorebird ID book, I recommend “The Shorebird Guide” (O’Brien, Crossley, Karlson).  Also any help you can obtain from a pro-birder is a plus. (thanks HJ! Avian101)

Now on with the shorebirds.  (And three new lifers for me!)


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Killdeer (a plover)


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Semipalmated Plover


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Black-bellied Plover


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American Golden-Plover


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Herring Gull (juvenile)


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Forster’s Tern


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Least Sandpiper (new lifer #215)


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Stilt Sandpipers (new lifer #216)


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Greater Yellowlegs


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Long-billed Dowitcher (new lifer #217)


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Marbled Godwits and Willets


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Close-up Marbled Godwits (pink/black bills) and Willets


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Marbled Godwits and Lesser Yellowlegs


And finally, a funny shot of a Sanderling kicking sand, chasing another away from his little area.


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Sanderlings – “This is my beach turf!”



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