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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

Vocalizing Pectoral Sandpiper

Calling Pectoral Sandpiper at the Jamaica Bay wildlife refuge, New York City bird photography Canon 1Dx paired with 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 2x teleconverter

Ruddy Turnstone

Molting Ruddy Turnstone walking on the beach in New Jersey bird photography  New Jersey bird photography Canon 1Dx paired with 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 2x teleconverter

Common Tern adult in-flight

Common Tern adult in-flightat the Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York bird photography Canon 1Dx paired with 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 1.4x teleconverter

Black Skimmer family

Black Skimmers family at the Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York bird photography Canon 1Dx paired with 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 1.4x teleconverter

Black Skimmer family

Black Skimmers family at the Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York bird photography Canon 1Dx paired with 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 1.4x teleconverter

Short-billed Dowitcher

Short-billed Dowitcher standing in a shallow of water in the East Pond at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, New York bird photography Canon 1Dx paired with 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 1.4x teleconver

Piping Plover

Piping Plover molting adult standing on the beach in New Jersey bird photography Canon 1Dx paired with 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 2x extender

Black Skimmer adult with chick

Black Skimmer adult sitting on the nest with a 2 day chick at the Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York bird photography Canon 1Dx paired with 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 1.4x teleconverter

Semipalmated Plover bathing

Semipalmated Plover bathing in a shallow water of the Atlantic Ocean in New Jersey bird photography Canon 1Dx paired with 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 2x extender

Ruddy Turnstone

Molting Ruddy Turnstone feeding along the New Jersey shore bird photography  New Jersey bird photography Canon 1Dx paired with 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 2x teleconverter

American Oystercatcher

Immature American Oystercatcher hiding - Nickerson Beach, New York, USA bird photography Canon 1Dx paired with 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 1.4x teleconverter

Immature American Oystercatcher

Immature American Oystercatcher standing on the beach - Nickerson Beach, New York, USA bird photography Canon 1Dx paired with 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 1.4x teleconverter

Willet in breeding plumage

Willet in breeding plumage

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover bathing in a shallow water at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, New York City shorebird photography Canon 1Dx paired with 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 1.4x teleconverter

Short-billed Dowitcher feeding

Short-billed Dowitcher feeding in a shallow water Jamaica Bay NWR, New York City bird photography  Canon 1Dx paired with 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens 1.4x tc

Common Tern juvenile

Common Tern juvenile standing on the beach in Long Island, New York bird photography Canon EOS 1Dx paired with Canon 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 2x extender

American Oystercatcher juvenile

Juvenile American Oystercatcher walking in a shallow ocean water - Long Island, NY bird photography Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS + 1.4x extender

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Dunlin

Dunlin

Solitary Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper walking on a log - Sandy Hook, New Jersey bird photography Canon EOS 5D III 600mm IS f/4 II 2x teleconverter