The Gull Rookery

The area adjacent to the falls was covered in gulls and gull poop. Chicks in gray down were abundant. All open ground was hoarded by the gulls forming a gull rookery. There were a few black, aquatic birds scattered about but nowhere near the gull count. Their squawking numbers were quite loud.

The Nash

He’s a mere 10 pounds and that is being generous. At times, he barely made a depression in the wet sand just a few faint nail prints scratching the wave smoothed surface. I hadn’t seen him for more than a year yet when I entered their empty home, he came running up to me and…

Straight as an Arrow

In the days before autofocus cameras, catching a shot of a flying bird was more instinctual having to set up speed, aperture and choosing a focal distance that would balance depth of field with background bokeh, one that would require little to no refocusing when the subject came into focus. The speedy autofocus in today’s modern…

Standing Sandpiper

The birds move constantly like they are hopped up on amphetamines. It was very difficult to catch one standing still. As soon as I turned the camera toward a stationary bird, they skittered away. This is the only halfway decent picture I was able to get of a standing sandpiper.

Flying Sandpiper

When they do take to wing, sandpipers fly gracefully. Their compact bodies ensure turns are tight. They quickly return to the ground. It seems they prefer the ground. Perhaps that is because their high metabolism requires copious amounts of food to fuel and their food lives on the ground.

Running Sandpiper

I have pictures of the sandpipers running and flying. During my time watching them, they tended to stay on the ground taking flight when they felt a threat such as me walking toward them to get a picture in flight or one of the many dogs on the beach running after them.

Fling of Sandpipers

I enjoyed watching the antics of these little beach birds. I think they are sandpipers and this would be a fling of sandpipers. But, not being a native of coastal areas, I am not familiar with the exact species. They ran more often than they flew moving in when the wave receded and skittering away…