Monday, June 23, 2014

Piping Plover Family 2014 and More

Today was another beautiful morning, cool with the sun shining.  So comfortable, I returned to Allens Pond again, and to photograph the Piping Plovers, since, my big gun was returned from the shop where it was repaired.  My big gun is my Nikon 500 mm F/4 and I attached a 1.4 X tele-converter to where and utilized my full frame camera  Nikon D3s to photograph today's action.  If you have been reading my blogs, you know, I have a special interest in this family of piping plovers because I have been photographing them continuously for the last 5+ years.

Arriving at the sanctuary's parking lot, there were two killdeer looking for food, plus the usual willits.  A number of cottontail rabbits were feeding on the grass and were very obliging to have their picture taken.
Eastern cottontail


I walked down to the beginning of the beach loop, passed the culvert and on arriving on the beach, I searched for the plovers.  I found one adult and one chick behind the barrier and I was able to photograph them.  Searching I did not see any other plovers until the adult and the chick traveled down the beach to my right.  Suddenly, two more chicks appeared down near the water, along with another adult.  The nice part about the chicks that were near the water is that when was always facing to the right and the other was always facing to the left.  This way when I looked at my pictures, I could tell them apart.
Piping plover chick number one

Piping plover chick number one

Piping Plover Adult Male

Piping plover chick number two

Piping plover chick number two

Piping Plover Adult Female

Piping plover chick number three


As always, I was sitting down or laying in the the sand and allowed the plovers to come to me.  One of the chicks approach to within 10 feet, which was good because if it came too much closer to would of been out of the focal range of my lens.

On the way back, I found the bobolink on the stone wall in between the two fields, and it flew onto a bush, which gave a great picture.
Bobolink
Finally, one of the willits posed on the fence again for me.
Willet with its wings up


So the piping plover chicks are running around, so if you go down to view them, be careful, watch your step and do not chase them.

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