I love shorebirding more than any other kind - even pelagic birding. Though I love warbler waves in migration, sussing out sparrows on the wintering grounds, and sorting through flocks of ducks and other waterfowl - being on a mudflat communing with shorebirds is my idea of paradise.
Let's post some photos of shorebirds we enjoy around the world.
I will start things off with some shots of one of the Red-necked Phalaropes that took refuge from Tropical Storm Anna as it passed offshore on May 9 of this year, at the Yawkey Wildlife Center in coastal South Carolina. This species is seldom seen onshore in eastern North America - birders usually pick them up for their life list on offshore pelagic birding trips.
You can see the lobed toes of the phalarope in the second photo. Winds at the time were 30+ knots - making for tricky photography!
Adult female Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus):
Red-necked Phalarope and a Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) intruding into its "feeding zone":
Red-necked Phalarope seeing off a Semipalmated Sandpiper:
Here is a short video clip:
Edited by offshorebirder, 20 May 2015 - 08:12 PM.