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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

Black Skimmer

Adult Black Skimmer's silhouette as it flies low over the Nickerson Beach, New York

Piping Plover chick

5 days old Piping Plover chick exploring the Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York

Adult Red Knot

Adult Red Knot in breeding plumage walking along the Cooks Beach in Cape May, New Jersey

Marbled Godwit feeding a shallow water

Marbled Godwit feeding a shallow water

Short-billed Dowitcher

Short-billed Dowitcher at the moment of lifting off - shorebird photography Jamaica Bay, New York City, NY, USA

Black Skimmers mating

Pair of mating Black Skimmers on the Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York nesting shorebird photography

American Oystercatcher chick

Two day old American Oystercatcher chick walking along the sandy beach at the Nickerson Beach, New York, USA

Marbled Godwit

Marbled Godwit walking straight on towards a camera - San Diego California shorebird photography

Common Tern taking a bath

Common Tern taking a bath in a pool of shallow water at the Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York nesting shorebird photography

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper stalking a prey at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge,  Gateway National Recreation Area, Queens, New York City, New York, USA

American Oystercatcher drinking water

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

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Marbled Godwit

Marbled Godwit

Marbled Godwit

Straight on look at a Marbled Godwit walking toward a camera

Black Skimmer

Adult Black Skimmer flapping its wings during a bath in an Atlantic Ocean at the Nickerson Beach, New York

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