23 comments on “Catching the Tide – Searching for Shorebirds

  1. Great photos again, but sorry you have been battling illness. How well I know that can cut into “birding time.” Trust you are on the mend.
    Yes, I think the birds are dwindling more and more. This winter has been boring at my feeders. Not as many showing up. Praying you feel better.

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    • Thanks Lee, it has been a slow recovery but I am getting better, it hits me more now at work in the air conditioned lab, but our Lord sustains me. It is sad to see fewer birds, my wife and I have noticed it this last season and it is disconcerting. Hope you are able to still get out and about when you can, as mobility is such a blessing, and those who struggle with it can appreciate it the most. God bless.

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  2. Some wonderful behavioural shots in this set Ashley, really like the Pied Oystercathers. We only get to see a couple at a distance.
    Our shoreline is really busy now as the sandpipers and stints bulk up ready to move on the the next few weeks. That 40gm can fly to Siberia is always a wonder to me.
    Hope you are feeling better and are back in the field.

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    • Thanks David, it was surprising to see so many Oystercatchers together as most only see pairs and family groups. Yes the waders will be bulking up now, I better go out and see if I can find some
      Godwits developing breeding plumage if I can play the tides right. They are amazingly endurant and some are so small. I am looking forward to feeling normal again, though the current weather changes are not helping. Enjoy the rest of your week and keep those amazing shots coming!

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    • Thanks Jewels, I am getting checked out as this cough has been somewhat distressing, especially at work. Thanks for your valued prayers dear friend, they are appreciated.

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  3. I am so sorry to hear you’ve been ill, I hope and pray you’re rebounding well! What a lovely collection of waders, you captured so many gorgeous profiles and action. It was a treat to see so many Oystercatchers at once, I only see 2-4 at most together. Great post and message, Ashley! Have a wonderful week!

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    • Thanks Donna, this cough just does not want to leave, but it seems to be very slowly on the mend. Yes I was surprised to see such a large flock of a bird that normally is only seen in family groups and breeding pairs. Thanks so much my friend, enjoy your week. The vantage point from your unit is an amazing bird observation point, Donna you are truly blessed!

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      • Those lingering coughs can be the worse….glad you feel it’s getting better. Stay on your course of care!

        We are coming to the end of our year’s lease already, and the landlord has graciously allowed us to continue on “as long as we need to” (he knows our situation and gushes often over my photos with emails and texts). We were blessed finding this place as we get thru our mess with the RV and my injury. We are both very so very thankful. 🙂

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      • Yes, Donna it has been a long haul for you after the accident, will continue to pray for your full recovery. How gracious of the landlord extending your stay. The Lord will continue to provide for you in his faithful love. I have been meditating on Psalm 37:7 in regard to my current situation “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him”. Hope it all concludes favorably for you in the coming weeks and your healing both physical and emotional will be complete. The ‘treasure in the trial’ is that our loving Father has given you a wonderful place to recover and observe some beautiful birds. Have a blessed week my friend!

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  4. A lot of great photos in this post Ashley, well done on some magnificent captures, especially that one of the seagull with a funny look – priceless! 😀

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    • Thanks Sue, Waders are some of my favorite birds to capture and the Curlew is one f the most beautiful in flight. Yes the seagull has an almost human expression, was it curiosity, interest in my large lens and he just wanted to make sure he was well represented in the photo or maybe he was smiling inside as he saw me trying to stop my hat from blowing off my head. Have a wonderful week!

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    • Thanks Bringham, waders are some of my favorite birds, they have such beautiful plumage and travel amazing distances each year with incredible endurance, they are quite humble yet inspiring creatures. Have an enjoyable weekend!

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  5. These curlews are beautiful and then the godwit. Both feature in my novel and the decline in numbers is terrifying. RSPB here is working on plan for conservation but has to be across countries. A moratorium is needed of no more hunting. Difficult in some countries. Malta still gets away with a big shoot.

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    • Thanks Georgina, it is good to have someone on board who understands the plight of our beautiful migratory waders. How wonderful that you have written of this problem, we really need to make the world aware of how serious it is. I know Birdlife International are training Asian men to farm birds rather than snare and kill them, and have assisted them financially also having them sign legal documents declaring they will not continue the practice. Yes the terns do have angelic appearance, I know what you mean I have similar shots, their wings and tail plumage are amazing. I just pray that it is not too late to stop the carnage. Thanks so much for your welcome comment, and enjoy your weekend.

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