Shorebirds

American White Ibis

American White Ibis

American White Ibis

American White Ibis

The American White Ibis breeds along the Atlantic coast, from the Carolinas south to Florida. The American White Ibis is found in a variety of habitats, although shallow coastal marshes, wetlands and mangrove swamps are preferred. This photograph was taken at the Audubon Swamp in Charleston, South Carolina.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican Non Breeding

Brown Pelican Non Breeding

Brown Pelican Non Breeding

During a bill throw, the Brown Pelican arches its neck back, lifting its large bill upward and stretches its throat pouch. This is a form of preening. This picture was photographed on a coastal marsh in Sunbury, Georgia.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

The picture of this Great Blue Heron was taken at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, New Jersey. This photo was taken with the Canon 5D Mark III with the Canon 100-400mm lens during a recent winter visit to the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. This Great Blue Heron was in hunting mode standing statue-like, stalking fish and other prey in shallow water.

Brant Eating Grass

Brant Eating Grass

Brant Eating Grass

Brant Eating Grass

Atlantic Brant leave breeding grounds in the eastern low arctic, in early Sep and assemble in large concentrations in James Bay, where they remain for several weeks building up fat reserves. They depart overland, most flying nonstop to Jamaica Bay and the other nearby estuaries of the greater New York City Area and New Jersey where they arrive late Oct/early Nov.

Great Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

The Great Black- backed Gull was actively hunted for eggs and feathers during nineteenth century; now protected from both forms of exploitation. Exploitation all but stopped in U.S. and Canada as result of growth of conservation movement and protection of birds. The Great Black-backed Gull is the one of the largest gulls in the world.