Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sandpipers and a Teal


(Western Sandpiper above) Soo..I'm not sure where all the birds are. I guess it doesn't help I have been going out mid day (because that's when the rain will actually stop for a minute), but man, spring migration is non-existent here or something. I miss my Texas birds! (Least Sandpiper below)
(this green-winged teal jumped up on the log with all the peeps for about 1/2 a second and then plopped back in the water with his lady)
The usuals were at the marsh this afternoon. Managed to get a few shots of one Western (1st picture) and some Least Sandpipers. They let me get ridiculously close (these are all full frame). I've been able to get really close to one or two individuals in the past, but there were 100+ this time. I got within about 4 feet, too close to even get pictures of the closest birds. I didn't take many photos, but I did just sit there right next to them for quite a while. SOOC
(Least Sandpipers)

27 comments:

Shiloh said...

Love the photos. Such cutie pies. Least sandpipers are so tolerant sometimes. I almost stepped on some on a shell bar in Georgia. They blend in so well and had no interest in moving out of my way.

LadyFi said...

Fabulous photos of adorable birds!

Carolyn Ford said...

These guys might be the usuals but your photos are anything but usual! The composition and textures on these photos are beautiful and compliment the subtle colors of the birds so nicely.

Robin said...

Fabulous shots. That first one is really amazing, the bird's feathers are so crisp and the creamy bokeh of the background really sets it off perfectly.

cat said...

You are a very good nature photographer! Your photos are great and the birds are adorable:)

NatureFootstep said...

I think I saw that duck earlier this week, but it was to far away to be sure. :(

Jan said...

Wonderful to be gifted in photographing wildlife, and to be able to be outdoors in your worklife.

Maia said...

How lovely that they let you to come so close, excellent photos again.
My favorite is still the duck with those beautiful, vivid teal patches.

Ms. Bake-it said...

I love sandpipers and thoroughly enjoy watching them dart in and out of the surf. Great shot of the teal.

~ Tracy

veredit said...

Oh, how cute and magical! These are my absolute favorites sandpipers, but they really always very fast, but these pictures are just perfect!

sebi_2569 said...

very very beautiful photo; bravo

Steve Borichevsky said...

They guys with the yellow legs are Least Sandpeepers. I'm not sure what that wondreful one with the face shot is. I'm at work having lunch and I don't have my guides.

That teal is too cool!

The Early Birder said...

Must be a thrill to be able to get close to these small waders. Cracking shots. FAB.

maryt/theteach said...

Johnny, incredible shots! I know how hard it is to capture birds well... :)

Clytie said...

Absolutely stunning photos. I'm so envious of you getting to know these birds so up close and personal!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Love those Sandpipers, delightful creatures and so many kinds. What entertainers they are and you got some great shots too~

Shelle said...

wow, what gorgeous, gorgeous photos you take. glad you stopped by!

dutchbaby said...

Beautiful shots - as usual. I love the one with the two Leasts in copycat poses!

holdingmoments said...

I love this set Jill.
The Green-winged Teal is a bit of a rarity over here; been after one for a while.

Harold Stiver said...

Excellent shots.

Here in Ontario we've not seen any waders yet except a few Yellowlegs and the occasional Phalarope.

Greyscale Territory said...

There is a special sense of personality and spirit in your bird photos! Fascinating!

Judy said...

Beautiful shots! What an awesome place you live to be able to get shots like this.

A Garden of Threads said...

Beautiful shots, the models were fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

gengen said...

This is a pretty shot. Happy SOOC Sunday.

Jan said...

Great shots, all.

Jenn said...

great photos, I love how close up they all are! Happy SOOC Sunday!

Wammy said...

I love snadpipers. They seem to be always on the go. I'd love to have your job...I'd have to gt way better with my photography skills to even carry you camera case. Great shots.