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Shorebirds include the: avocets, oystercatchers, phalaropes, plovers, sandpipers, stilts, snipes, and turnstones. In general, they have long and thin legs with little to no webbing on their feet. They are usually small bodied with long thin bills. The differences in their bill lengths and shape allow the different shorebird species to forage for food within their habitat either on dry soil, mud, or in shallow water. They can be found in inter-tidal mudflats, estuaries, or salt marshes. Shorebird migration spans a great distance. The migratory paths are influenced by geography, wind, and weather patterns. During the spring, summer and fall migration, shorebirds rest and feed at stopover locations. Shorebirds eat a variety of invertebrate prey such as worms, insect larva, amphipods, copepods, crustaceans, and mollusks. - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

American Oystercatcher drinking water

Adult American Oystercatcher drinking water at the Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York nesting shorebird photography

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Least Tern bathing

Adult Least Tern taking a bath in a shallow water at the Nickerson Beach, Nassau County, New York shorebird photography Canon 1DX mark II + 600mm f/4 IS mark II + 1.4x teleconverter

Black Skimmer skimming

Adult Black Skimmer flying low and skimming water with its long bill - Nickerson Beach, Lido Beach, Nassau County, New York

Juvenile Piping Plover

Juvenile Piping Plover bathing in a shallow water at Nickerson Beach, New York bird photography Canon 1DX II + 600mm IS f/4 II + 1.4x extender

Marbled Godwit

Marbled Godwit feeding in a shallow water at Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg, Florida shorebird photography Canon 5DsR + 600mm + 1.4x

Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern splashing water while taking a bath in a shallow water at Fort De Soto Park, Florida bird photography Canon 5DsR + 600mm + 1.4x teleconverter

Juvenile Piping Plover

Endangered juvenile Piping Plover feeding along the shore in Cape May, New Jersey shorebird photography PIPL

Black Skimmer chick

Black Skimmer chick standing on the beach at Nickerson Beach, New York shorebird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm 2x extender

Sanderling

Sanderling feeding at the shoreline at Nickerson Beach, Lido Beach, Nassau County, New York

Marbled Godwit

Marbled Godwit flying up after a bath in a shallow water at For De Soto State Park, Florida shorebird photography Canon 5DsR + 600mm f/4 IS II + 1.4x extender

Whimbrel

Whimbrel

Marbled Godwit

Vocalizing Marbled Godwit at the Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg, Florida shorebird photography Canon 5DsR 600mm IS f/4

American Oystercatcher

Adult American Oystercatcher probing an open shell in search for food at the Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York shorebird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm IS f/4

Willet

Willet in winter plumage jumping out of the water, after taking a bath, spreading its wings with water droplets flying off - Florida shorebird photography Canon 5DsR 600mm 1.4x extender

Short-billed Dowitcher

Short-billed Dowitcher walking in a shallow water at the Fort De Soto Park in St. Petersburg, Florida shorebird photography Canon 5DsR + 600mm f/4 IS II + 1.4x extender

Marbled Godwit

Marbled Godwit in non-breeding plumage on the beach in San Diego, California shorebird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm

Least Sandpiper bathing

Least Sandpiper bathing

Adult American Oystercatcher feeding a chick

Adult Adult American Oystercatcher feeding crab to a chick - Nickerson Beach, NY bird photography Canon EOS 1Dx paired with Canon 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 1.4x extender

American Golden-Plover

American Golden Plover standing on the beach at the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area, Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey bird photography Canon 5D mark III paired with 600mm f/4 IS mark