February 12th, 2016 – Avian Friday: Beach Bum

We have a few species of shorebirds here in Western Washington that don’t really seem to migrate like so many of the others. The Killdeer  is one that always seems to be hanging around our lowland lakes, ponds, and estuaries. They also like to roost in parking lots and golf courses. You’ll likely hear them first before seeing them, especially if you get close to them as they’ll immediately  take flight with repeated calls letting you know you’ve disturbed them. I was “camped out” along a local shoreline before this bird flew in and landed which allowed me to a relatively close look at him.

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus )

Seattle, WA ;
1000mm | 1/640th Sec. @f/13 | ISO 800 | Monopod

Canon 5D MkIII + Canon EF 500/4L IS USM vI + 2X Rear Extender

Processed using LR CC, Photoshop CC, Nik Define & ColorEfx Pro.

To see a larger version please click on the image.

Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.

Thanks for stopping by,

JayT

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