Another view from the mouth of the Sangan River. These shorebirds were present in the dozens, always staying just ahead of us, and not really a subject for a 100mm lens, but I did not take a longer lens to Haida Gwaii this trip. I am not a bird photographer, but I was intrigued to try the focusing speed of my new lens on a moving subject like this, and was very pleased with the results. These are all quite heavy crops as the birds are shy of us humans and I did not have the time to sit around in one place waiting for them to come to me. In any case, that likely would have been a futile effort as a couple of kids were just down the beach, with their dog.
Other Sangan River shots can be found at this link.
As far as I can tell, these are semipalmated plovers (Charadrius semipalmatus), but I could be wrong – there are really so many of these small shorebirds that all look darned near the same. This map shows you where today’s images were taken just east of Massett on the shore of Dixon Entrance. In a couple of the images you can see a glimpse of the very south end of Alaska on the horizon.
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Canon 5Dii with Canon 100/f2.8 Macro, ISO100. In flight: f7.1, 1/400th and 1/500th. On beach: f2.8, 1/3200th.