Sunday, May 1, 2011

Western sandpiper in summer colors, Pillar Point Harbor

Western sandpiper in breeding plumage - Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography

A western sandpiper feeding in Pillar Point Harbor on Half Moon Bay. It's a wonderful time of year to be out looking for shorebirds, since they are all transitioning into their breeding colors. This means that normally drab brown and grey birds show splashes of bright colors as they prepare to migrate north to breed on the tundra.

View more shorebirds in my Sandpipers Gallery.

9 comments:

  1. So much going on in this wonderful shot, Pat.

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  2. A beautiful image Pat.
    A lovely bird.

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  3. I would be happy just to be able to get a shot like this of a drab brown and grey bird. Amazing.

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  4. Magnificent image! I am in awe of your talent! Stunning colors and detail.

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  5. this is just so beautiful...the color, the detail....crisp and clear. like julie said, magnificent!!!

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  6. Man I see so many amazing shots coming out of Half Moon. I'm really going to have to get here sometime! Nice job!

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  7. Lovelly, the light and compostion are so nice ;)

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