Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:01 PM
I need some help with some shorebirds that I photographed on Friday at South Padre in Texas. I've spent a lot of time with the bird guide and these pictures and I've narrowed it down a whole bunch but am offically stuck for a final ID on these.
Here's a link to my Flikr Page with these pictures (whatbird says the files are to large...)
Here are my best guesses:
1-6. The first six pictures in the album are all the same bird. I think it might be a Willet.
7-9 are different birds, but I think they're all Willets.
10-17 I think are all Least Sandpipers, but I'd love for them to be something different...a couple of these are the same bird, but there's a mix.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:07 PM
Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:13 PM
Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:26 PM
Just double checked my photos. All of the brown Sandpipers have yellow legs. In my book, the Semipalmated Sandpipers all have black or gray legs...is that enough to call it a Least?
Liam was saying that he thinks that they're Pectoral (not Semipalmated) Sandpipers, which also have yellow legs. They look a bit like giant Least Sandpipers.
Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:28 PM
They were bigger than least Sandpipers I'd seen in the past, for sure, which was one of my hesistations in saying that it was a Least. That's pretty exciting. Thanks for your help.
Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:58 PM
Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:02 AM
I agree with Pectoral Sandpipers, and today, I can really appreciate the superb shots you got!
Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:06 AM
Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:35 AM
Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:25 PM
Liam, if you can get yourself down to South Padre, we were loaded with them. I don't have the sweet, up close and personal shot, but I did wade through a lot of questionable mud to get the shots I posted. It was, without a doubt, the most disgusting thing I've walked through to get to a bird.
Sounds tempting, even the mud part!
Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:08 PM
Well now I just feel silly. Did you put sandpiper kibble on your lens? Wow!
LoL!!! I wish I had 'kibble' for every species I was taking pictures of. I just got lucky with a handful down at the beach one day. They were in a parking lot in a muddy pool and let me get to minimum focusing distance in my truck. Having 700mm in front of the camera didn't hurt any, either.
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