[Tweeters] Ruff, Stilt Sandpiper photos
dgranstrand at gmail.com
Mon Sep 1 21:40:01 PDT 2014
After spending my birthday Saturday getting drenched, then skunked at many
stops, I got quite lucky Sunday at Ocean Shores. As I was walking in at the
treatment plant access to the Oyhut Game Range, I ran into a birder who
told me there are mega-rarities ahead. I quickened my pace and soon was
looking at a Ruff and two Stilt Sandpipers. I got a couple of quick
digiscoped photos of the Ruff before a Peregrine Falcon cruised over and
scattered the shorebirds. One Stilt Sandpiper stayed for photos but the
other Stilt and the Ruff disappeared.
I hurried back to my car and went in the Tonquin Ave. entrance, where I
found the same guy leaving who said a Ruff was being scrutinized by a group
of birders who were wondering if there weren't two Ruffs in the area. I
soon found the birders, the Ruff and one Stilt Sandpiper. The Ruff was very
cooperative and approached quite closely for photos.
I have been comparing the photos I took of the the Ruff at the two
locations and I think there were two different Ruffs on the Oyhut Game
Range. The digiscoped photos taken of the Ruff at the west pond (treatment
plant access) aren't as sharp as the photos I got of the Ruff at the east
pond (Tonquin Ave. access) but they are good enough to make a comparison.
I am interested in hearing from anyone who has time to check out the photos:
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dgranstrand AT gmail.com
Denny Granstrand's bird photos can be seen at:
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