Wading Birds of Alameda, Spring 2014


This is another in the series on birds of Alameda, CA. Numerous species of wading birds are seen on the tidal flats of Alameda – many of which I could neither photograph or identify. The avocet sweeps his bill from side to side, to capture food items. The dowitchers are probably the long-billed race, and probe the mud with a “sewing machine” regularity and speed. The yellowlegs is either the “greater” or “lesser”. The willets are usually around in great numbers, and have a piercing cry. They show boldly-patterned black and white wings in flight. I also saw a group of dunlins, and many small sandpipers. When a “polarized” flock of shorebirds turns, the flock flashes white as they expose their lighter-colored underparts.

Avocet

Avocet

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Dowitchers

Dowitchers

Dowitchers

Dowitchers

Dowitchers

Dowitchers

Marbled Godwit, Avocet, Coot

Marbled Godwit, Avocet, Coot

Yellowlegs

Yellowlegs

Long-billed Curlew

Long-billed Curlew

"Polarized" flock of small wading birds

“Polarized” flock of small wading birds

Willet

Willet

Willet

Willet

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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2 Responses to Wading Birds of Alameda, Spring 2014

  1. Jackson says:

    Steve, I really like that second dowitchers photo with the curve along the edge of the open water. Lots of other great shots in this set too!

    Like

  2. believesteve says:

    Yes, that was definitely part of the composition I had in mind. Thanks!

    Like

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