Sanderlings

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Sanderlings, Calidris alba, at Bolivar Flats, Texas.
Image: Joseph Kennedy, 24 June 2008 [larger view].
Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/1500s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400 .
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grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Sanderlings

  1. Look out! They’re gonna charge!
    Actually that happened to me once, only they were turkeys. I was stopped at the side of a road looking for the Eurasian Tree Sparrow (eventually found it, btw) and there, up ahead on the shoulder of the road was a…what’s the word for a group of turkey? I’ll call it a gizmo. There was a gizmo of turkeys charging. I tell you, if I weren’t safe in a car and just about to drive away, I could have been gored mercilessly.
    HJ

  2. Bob O'H says:

    This series of photos almost makes me want to take up birding.
    Almost because we don’t have many shorebirds around Helsinki – even the oystercatchers have to hang around on the lawns with pheasants.

  3. Ian says:

    You can’t fool me. This is a still from “Birds on a Beach” the sequel to “Snakes on a Plane”.
    Right? Right?

  4. Bob O'H says:

    Looks more like Reservoir Birds to me. You know? The segment at the start when they introduce the characters.

  5. Ian says:

    Bob – Maybe it’s “Band of Birds” – the Home Bird Office series about World War 2?