Thursday, May 8, 2014

Black-bellied Plover and Friends

After a day at Ft Desoto's north beach, we stopped at the south end of the park to check out the mudflats for shore birds.  We were happy to see some Black-bellied Plovers (Pluvialis squatarola) among a group of "peeps."  

Lots of great birding spots around Tampa Bay.

Liv and I grabbed our cameras for a few photos.....she had her Nikon D40 with 55-200 VR zoom, while I had my D3000 with Sigma 70-300 zoom.  THUS, these are all her pics, as the Sigma shots just weren't as good.

 Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail

Here are some "friends" hanging around the south end mudflats.  Really neat to see the Black-bellied Plover in distinct breeding plumage.

Osprey (Pandion haliatus).

Sanderling (Calidris alba).

The were a couple of Dunlins (Calidris alpina) in the group.

Short-billed Dowitchers (Limnodromus griseus) in a nice echelon left formation!

Semipalmated Plover (Charidrius semipalmatus).

The view from the south end of Ft Desoto park.  The Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Here's a video about the disaster when the old bridge was hit by a large ship.

So, the moral of this story is......keep your "go to" lens on your camera.  The Nikon lenses are just "better glass" for nature photography.  The Sigma has it's advantages for macro and slow moving insects.....but I will definitely keep the Nikon on and ready to go!

Nikon 55-200 VR link

Thanks Liv, for the great photos!

1 comment:

  1. it seems as if, each of these beach roamers, posed for photos. delight-ful!

    i appreciate your camera and lens information...all information.

    enjoy your summer, both of you.