Always active, shorebirds are a great reason to get into the swamps or on the beach. We spend a great deal of time shooting from our kayaks which has the added bonus of getting us down to bird eye level.
You can watch these guys for hours following the waves with quick little stops for food that I can never see.
Two oystercatchers patrolling the beach, they were very cooperative...eating, flying running and posing for me.
There is a small window of time in which you can sometimes catch something pretty spectacular. This chance evening on the St. Lawrence River just behind where we set up our tent for the evening is one of the best I have experienced. Definitely best viewed large and on a dark background.
Mayan Riviera - Ruddy Turnstone looking for things to eat on the shoreline.
Great Blue Heron with a pretty perfect landing.
I can sit and watch sanderlings running along the edge of the waves for hours.
Two little blue herons perched back somewhere in the Okefenokee Swamp....found a massive number of them after about 3 hours of paddling the kayak.
A good chance to test out my new lens, these 2 yellowlegs chased each other around for more than 40 minutes back and forth around Sobey's pond.
Three little blue herons, each in a separate stage of taking off.
Great Egret unfolding those long wings just before heading off back into the marsh.
Fun to watch the territory fights between the tri-colored herons. This one took some time and the third heron watched but didn't get involved at all.
Snowy egret keeping an eye on any motion in the shallows as the waves come in.
Killdeer spreading its tail feathers
Non-breeding plumage ruddy turnstone looking for food on a stump revealed in the low tide.