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Orders: CHARADRIFORMES
Species photographed:
 1. sanderling
 2. western sandpiper
 3. lesser yellowlegs
 4. black-necked stilt
 5. black-bellied plover
 6. marbled godwit
 7. Wilson's plover
 8. semipalmented plover
 9. least sandpiper
10. willet
11. ruddy turnstone
12. long-billed dowitcher
13. long-billed curlew
14. whimbrel
15. surfbird
16. killdeer
marbled godwit
marbled_godwit_one_leg
marbled_godwit_one_leg
marbled_godwit_one_leg
marbled_godwit_one_leg
marbled godwit, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 2008.  I had to take pictures of this pair of godwits, standing on one leg.  Shorebirds are so fun to photograph because they are easy to photograph, photogenic, and often doing interesting things.
killdeer
killdeer
killdeer
killdeer, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, , 2008.  Even though keeled ears are common throughout the United States, not until now have I been able to photograph one.
willets
Willets, Santa Barbara, California, 2008.
surfbird
surfbird
surfbirds, Santa Barbara, California, 2008.  These are bad photos because of the distance I was from the birds, but at least I got a photo. These are the first surf birds I have ever seen.  Unfortunately I could not get very close to them because I was on top of a cliff looking down at them.  By the time I walked down to the shore to where they were at, they had flown away.
western sandpiper in Jobos
western sandpiper, Jobos National Estuary, Puerto Rico
stilts
black-necked stilt (Himantopus mexicanus), Cutler Wetlands, Homestead, FL, USA.  Cutler wetlands are no better than a water-filled dump, but they do contain many good birds, especially during spring and fall migration.
black necked stilt
black necked stilts
black-necked stilts (Himantopus mexicanus ) Guanica National Forest, Puerto Rico.
black bellied plover
black bellied plover

Black-bellied plover (Pluvialis squatarola), Bahia Honda, FL, USA

semipalmated plover

semipalmated plover (Charadrius semipalmatus), Bahia Honda, Keys, FL, USA

wilsons plover, sanderling
wilsons plovers
Wilson's plovers (Charadrius wilsonia) and sanderlings (Calidris alba), Crandon beach, Key Biscayne, Miami, FL, USA, 2007. Wilson's plovers have heavy and long beak that is distictively different from those of other plovers.
wilsons plovers
Wilson's plovers (Charadrius wilsonia) and sanderlings (Calidris alba), Crandon beach, Key Biscayne, Miami, FL, USA, 2007.
semipalmated plover
semipalmated plover
semipalmated plovers (Charadrius semipalmatus), Crandon beach, Key Biscayne, Miami, FL, USA, 2007.
sanderlings
sanderlings (Calidris alba), Crandon beach, Key Biscayne, Miami, FL, USA, 2007.
whimbrel
whimbrel
whimbrel, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 2008.
willet in breeding plummage
willet, Santa Barbara, CA, 2008. This is one of the few willets I have seen in breeding plummage.
willet_eating_sandcrab
willet_eating_sandcrab
willet_eating_sandcrab
willet_eating_sandcrab
willet_feeding_sandcrab
willet_feeding_sandcrab
willet, Santa Barbara, CA, 2008.  Watching this willet tried to eat a sandcrab was so much fun.  I thought it was going to choke on several occasions.  The willet tried to swallow the sandcrab for probably two minutes.  Finally, it was successful.
yellowlegs
greater yellowlegs
greater & lesser yellowlegs
Top: lesser yellowlegs
Middle: lesser yellowlegs and a bleck-bellied plover
Bottom: 4 lesser yellowlegs in background with 1 greater yellowlegs in front
All these birds were seen in Guanica National Forest, Puerto Rico.
willet
willet

Willet (Catoptropgorus semipalmatus), Bahia Falsa, San Quintin, Baja California, Mexico

Bottom: Bahia Honda, Florida Keys, USA
sanderlings
sanderling

Sanderlings (Calidris alba), San Quintin, Baja California, Mexico

ruddy turnstone

Ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres), Florida Keys, FL, USA

dowitchers

Dowitchers, Florida Keys, FL, USA.  I do not know if these are short-billed or long-billed.  I never can tell the difference between them. 

curlew

Long-billed curlew (Numenius americanus), San Quintin, Baja California, MEX

 

marbled godwit
godwit
marbled godwits (Limosa fedoa) and few willets and long-billed dowitchers, Bahia Falsa, San Quintin, Baja California, MEX
yellowlegs

Lesser yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes), Shark Valley, Everglades, FL, USA

 

least sandpiper
least sandpiper
least sandpiper (Calidris minutilla). Top: Key West, Florida Keys, USA. Bottom: Bahia Honda, Florida Keys, USA

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