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!”



44 thoughts on “Shorebirds at OBX

  1. Wow! Amazing pictures! We saw a killdeer family here in June but they were chasing their three chicks around so much that it was impossible to get a good picture. I love the one you got. I’ve never seen a greater yellowlegs before, love that picture, too. Thank you for the visual treat today. 🙂

  2. Donna, these are fantastic! Kudos to you for seeing AND identifying so many different shorebirds. I’ll have to check out that bird book. Anytime I take photos of shorebirds they all look so similar that I give up trying to ID many of them. You’ve done your homework AND gotten some great pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  3. It’s obvious that you’ve just hit the mother load! Three lifers!!!
    All kidding aside, congratulations my good friend Donna. Great captures all. 🙂

  4. Will I EVER get caught up on blog visiting??? Seems I fell behind this past month or so, making catch up (ketchup?) rather difficult. Shorebirds are definite favorites around here, too! I’m glad I didn’t miss out on this post. I truly enjoyed it! ❤

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