A day at the refuge

Posted Aug. 30, 2011, at 9:49 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 31, 2011, at 9:55 a.m.

Dave Small took his camera to Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge last week and came back with these great pictures of shorebirds (and a songbird) to share with Bangor Daily News readers. He said that the outgoing tide seemed to make the shorebirds feed actively.

“The birds were so busy feeding that I was able to just sit and wait for them to come to me. I was able to capture images of two different species this time, semipalmated sandpiper and Bairds sandpiper, both juveniles. I would not want a job identifying plovers and sandpipers, it’s tough, and I usually need help.

“The American oystercatcher is rare this far north. I saw three of them three years ago, but was not able to get a close photo. I did a little better this time. One of them had two tags (P2) one on each leg. The pipers and plovers were searching for worms beneath the sand. I captured a couple with their heads in the sand much like an ostrich. I thought once, maybe the worm is winning and pulling the bird under! I’ll spare you the eight or nine great blue heron shots, but the one attached I had to share, oh the look of surprise! It was a great day with nature.”