Sandpipers & Plovers

While not in full swing yet, the shore bird migration has started. Today I waited until late afternoon, early evening to head out to Boundary Bay. The tied was out, but you can usually find something out in the sand or around the small tidal pools. It was looking pretty quiet at first, but then some movement caught my attention. It was a small group of Semipalmated Sandpipers. I continued past them on the dyke before making my way down to the beach and back tracking.

Least Sandpiper & Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper & Semipalmated Sandpiper

On approaching I noticed another bird in with the Semipalmated Sandpipers.

Least Sandpiper & Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper & Semipalmated Sandpiper

It was a Least Sandpiper taking a bath along with one of the Semipalmated. I made my way slowly to the edge of the tidal pool, set up and waited. Rather than chase them, I prefer to wait and let the birds come to me.

Semipalmated Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper

It was the Semipalmated Sandpipers that made their way towards me first.

Semipalmated Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper

I was set up as I would normally be for shooting shore birds.

Semipalmated Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper

Tripod collapsed low and down on my knees.

Semipalmated Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper

Being down at their level gives you a natural perspective and pleasing photo.

Least Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper

Finally the lone Least Sandpiper came my way.

Least Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper

I was beginning to wonder if it ever would.

Least Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper

I will usually try to get them foraging,

Least Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper

… along with the more classic portrait.

Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Plover

While photographing the sandpipers something else caught my eye.

Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Plover

Some Semipalmated Plovers had shown up and were scurrying around the beach.

Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Plover

This is the smallest Plover we would normally see around here.

Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Plover

This one has pulled some tasty little morsel out of the sand. It was a good afternoon and chance to practice technique before things really pick up around the bay area.