Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Birding Johnson's Mills, New Brunswick August 12, 2009

After leaving Gand Manan we headed for Fundy National Park and around the bay to Johnson's Mill's, a Shorebird Sancutary where 10's of thousands of Semipalmated Sandpiper stage before making there remarkable non-stop flight to there wintering grounds in South America. During there short stay these sandpipers double there weight. We arrived at high tide and watched 20-30 thousand fed along the shoreline while 4 Peregrine and 3 Merlin hunted the nervous flocks as they took to the air. It was a specatacle sight watching these large flocks as they would out or the bay in ever changing flock shapes.

One of many large flocks.

Shoulder to shoulder, 1000's of Semipalmated Sandpipers!

Close-up view of a flock. 100's.

Peregrine's are a regular sight hunting Semipalmated Sandpipers.

Ever changing flock shape.

1 comment:

Kim said...

Beautiful photos:)