A day at the refuge

Posted Aug. 30, 2011, at 9:49 a.m.
Great blue heron
Dave Small
Great blue heron
Bairds sandpiper
Dave Small
Bairds sandpiper
Least sandpiper
Dave Small
Least sandpiper
American oystercatcher
Dave Small
American oystercatcher
American oystercatcher
Dave Small
American oystercatcher
Semi-palmated plover
Dave Small
Semi-palmated plover
Semi-palmated sandpiper
Dave Small
Semi-palmated sandpiper
Palm warbler
Dave Small
Palm warbler
Semi-palmated plover
Dave Small
Semi-palmated plover

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.”

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