Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Buff is a cool color

North winds in the first week of September is the best time of year for Buff-breasted Sandpiper in Berrien.
This juvenile was fairly tame, running right past us lying prone on the beach.

I like this next shot showing the feather contours on the bird.
They tend to be very active feeders on the beach, moving much quicker than they seem to do on sod farms. They're also not quite as tied to the wet sand as are most of the shorebirds, though this one did spend most of its time there. Photographing buff-breasted's with the SLR is a lot easier than trying to digiscope them.

It was the anti-hudwit in terms of wing pattern, plain on top and white underneath.

In flight it was darkish overall when above the horizon, its long slender wings gave it a pretty unique shape that caught my eye as it flew in.

This was the 3rd time I've had a Buffy at Tiscornia. Keeping an eye out for passerines turned up the 2nd Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and the 2nd Great-crested Flycatcher that I've had here (and first time in fall for each).

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