Monday, June 6, 2011

Shorebirds on the beach, Point Reyes National Seashore

Resting Dunlin - Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography

It's been a while since I posted some shorebirds to the blog, and I was getting that itch. Since most of them are up north on the tundra to breed right now, I've dug into the archive from last November to find a few to put up. These are from a terrific morning that I spent with a very large flock of western sandpipers, sanderlings, and dunlin on Limantour Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore. I liked how the dunlin stood taller than the other birds in this flock, and I took many different compositions with dulin having a head above the crowd.

Dunlin and sandpipers

View more in my Sandpipers Gallery.

4 comments:

  1. Pat, wonderful shots! Looks like you're right there is the midst of them all!

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  2. Great photos and beautiful birds!

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  3. Hey Pat!

    Looks like the perfect shot for the cover of a book! ;-) That isolation amongst a group is just awesome. I'd love to see a post on your technique or tools. I might just have to search your blog though. I'd hate to be one of those people. I made a ground pod once out of curiosity, but I don't find myself going prone as often as I just sit with the tripod collapsed. All the best and great shots.

    Link to the post http://bit.ly/lDHDYV

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  4. Thanks, Robin! I actually was almost an honorary member of this flock that day. They were very relaxed with my presence, and I was able to crawl my way right up to them.

    Thanks, Fjallripan!

    Thanks, Jarred! I did a short commentary on my shorebird photography technique a few weeks ago, if you're curious. I'd like to do a longer illustrated version of it at some point too.

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