Lesser yellowlegs. The red reflection is from a nearby boat!
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This time of year is perfect for watching shorebirds. Conservation Guardian and journalist, Zack Metcalfe, recently made a trip to our Bird Island Natural Area and shared these beautiful shorebird photos.Thank you Zack! 😊
Bird Island is located in Malpeque Bay, just southeast of Lennox Island. Malpeque Bay is recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA). IBAs are places of international significance for the conservation of birds and biodiversity. Every year, great numbers of Canada Geese and other waterfowl congregate in Malpeque Bay and many more shorebird species gather on the shores to feed during their migration south. We are so lucky to have these spectacular places in our own backyard!
A Lesser Yellowlegs plunges its head below the water's surface. A fast shutter speed allowed me to capture the resulting sheet of water that covered the bird's neck.
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A Lesser Yellowlegs walks through strong side-light. I immediately took this photo when I saw that the light was illuminating the bird and not its surroundings, making for an interesting situation.
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HOW TO IDENTIFY THE LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Hint: If you can resist saying “awwww,” it’s not him. It’s hard enough to resist Lester the Lesser Yellowlegs when he’s scampering, but when he takes flight, toss in the towel, tough customer.
Seriously, I took to the Audubon guide when I first spotted Lester, and his yellow legs were almost enough to nail him. But how do you tell the Greater from the Lesser?
Here the plot thickens. “At first glance,” says the Audubon website, “the two species of bird appear identical, as if they were put on earth only to confuse birdwatchers.” But at second glance? Quoth Audubon, “they turn out to have different personalities.” And there you have it. The Greater may be cute, but according to the authorities, the Lesser is irresistibly…
I have good news. I am going to the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year event in Adelaide now. I do not expect to win anything, as being shortlisted is enough for me. There are many talented photographers out there. You may want to check the gallery
The event is next week.
Here's a photo of a Lesser Yellowlegs, taken near Matanuska Glacier, Alaska