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Shorebirds

These images were all made in April and May of 2014 at Fort Supply Lake, Oklahoma with the exception of the snowy plover which was made on the salt flats of the Cimarron River.
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This common shorebird is a member of the plover family.
The killdeer is a commonly seen member of the plover family. Although classified as a shorebird it is often seen far from water.
The name comes from the call of "kill-deer" or "kill-dee". They are known from their hurt-wing display which is used to lure intruders away from their nests.
The name comes from the call of “kill-deer” or “kill-dee”. They are known for their hurt-wing display which is used to lure intruders away from their nests.
The American avocet is a large migratory shorebird which is seldom seen far from water.
The American avocet is a large migratory shorebird which is seldom seen far from water.
They don’t mind wading into deeper water because their webbed feet enable them to swim and even dive.
American avocets are graceful flyers.
Avocets are graceful flyers.

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They often nap standing up  with their long upturned bill tucked beneath a wing.
They often nap standing up with their long upturned bill tucked beneath a wing.
They feed by dipping their beaks and sometimes their heads into water to catch their food which consists of small invertebrates.
They feed by dipping their beaks and sometimes their heads into water to catch their food which consists of small invertebrates.
Avocets migrate in small flocks such as this one consisting of about 24 birds, which was photographed at Ft. Supply Lake.
Avocets migrate in small flocks such as this one consisting of about 24 birds.
The spotted sandpiper is a member of the very large sandpiper family of shorebirds. It is one of the best known American shorebirds and has the distinctive habit of constantly bobbing its tail.
The spotted sandpiper is a small member of the very large sandpiper family of shorebirds. It is one of the best known American shorebirds and has the distinctive habit of constantly bobbing its tail.
The Baird's sandpiper is truly a world traveler. They winter in South America and nest in northern Alaska and the Canadian Arctic. It is thought that they may fly up to 4,000 miles non-stop during migration.
The Baird’s sandpiper is truly a world traveler. They winter in South America and nest in northern Alaska and the Canadian Arctic. It is thought that they may fly up to 4,000 miles non-stop during migration.
The crow-sized marbled godwit is one of the larger members of the sandpiper family.
The crow-sized marbled godwit is one of the larger members of the sandpiper family.
Snowy plovers are small migrants to this area and survive on large flat areas of sand or salt with little vegetation where few other birds can exist.
Snowy plovers are small migrants to this area and survive on large flat areas of sand or salt with little vegetation where few other birds can exist.
This photo was made on the salt flats of the Cimarron River where the birds and their nests are almost invisible against the white background of salt.
This photo was made on the salt flats of the Cimarron River where the birds and their nests are almost invisible against the white background of salt.