Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Short & Long Billed Dowitcher - Photo File.


This is my Short Billed Dowitcher photo file and as you can see I don't have many images or video clips of this species. The reason for this I have only ever seen this species twice. The first time was in Anchorage, Alaska May 2010 and once a single individual,a  freshly plumaged juvenile at the Cabo da Praia quarry, Terceira, Azores September 2011.

Image above and 4 below are of a nice crisp juvenile at the Cabo da Praia quarry, Terceira, Azores September 2011.




Above image shows you the juvenile Short Billed Dowitcher alongside a juvenile Sanderling and the image below, well for some reason this seems to be my favourite shot.




Two video clips below are of the same individual in the series of photos above.







Image above & below shows you a nice fresh breeding plumaged Short Billed Dowitcher Anchorage, Alaska, May 2010. I think that this is a really smart looking individual and Dowitchers on the whole are a great group of Shorebird.





This is version 2 of the Long Billed Dowitcher photographic Library. Image above and below shows 2 long billed dowitchers present at Anadyr Marsh, Chucotka, Russia 21st May 2011. These birds were part of a flock of around 40 birds feeding. This day witnessed at least 400 birds recorded flying in to and over the area.




Image above shows the coal river marsh at Anadyr on the 20th May 2011. As visible in the photo above this date witnessed a heavy amount of fresh snow fall to the area. It was this snow fall that I suspect grounded the migrating birds in the 2 images below.














The above selection of photos were taken in the Arctic breeding grounds of Cape Krusenstern national monument, Kotzebue, Alaska, June 2010. This was a pair which remained together throughout the duration of my stay. They was heard in a display song two times throughout the survey period but no nest was ever found.






The un-sharp focusing making the lens zoom in and out this was because this footage was taken at 02:00hrs and in a rather dim arctic light.

The photo and video footage below is of a smart Juvenile bird taken at Cabo da Praia quarry, Terceira, Azores, September 2009.