Shorebirds - Ryan Taylor

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Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

Cemex Reserve, Fairborn, Ohio

"The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation." - A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

The 164 acre Cemex Reserve is one of my favorite spots to observe and photograph migrating and common waterfowl. For birds that prefer open water and living in habitats near water (i.e. wetlands) look no further. Wearing my chest waders, I was wading through the rather large pond all morning. The daylight sun was now beating down on me around high noon.

I had successfully gotten many shots of Mute Swans, Canada Geese, Mallards Ducks and American Coots. Already feeling rather accomplished, I waded through some cattail grasses camoflauged. On the other side of this quiet end of the pond was several mudflats and a small sandbar; prime habitat to spot sandpipers. Very small and out-of-the-way was this single Dunlin in nonbreeding plumage. With its drooping bill sticking in the water and mud. It was still rather far away as seen here and couldn't quite get close enough to get a better shot. It was simply amazing to see a bird just carrying on daily life, uninterrupted.

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