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.


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

  2. 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

  3. 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.