Long-billed Dowitcher | Bécassin à long bec | Großer Schlammläufer | Limnodromus scolopaceus: We just returned from a short trip to Harrison Hot Springs and made a quick side trip to the nearby Chehalis Flats to see the Bald Eagles feasting on the returning (spawning) salmon. The trip was great, but my eagle photos... not so much. I'll try to work on them and feature at least one eagle photo in the next few days.
In the meantime, here's another dowitcher photo taken last month at Iona Beach. It is quite appropriate that I am featuring this bird, since one of the better viewing areas on the western shore of the Harrison River is found at Sandpiper Resort. This October photo session was quite a magical moment, as the dowitchers were busily feeding at my feet in the mudflats as I photographed them.
Taken at Iona Beach Regional Park in Richmond (British Columbia), Canada on October 14, 2018 with a handheld Nikon D7200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 400 | 500mm | -0.67 ev | f/5.6 | 1/3200), cropped - 82% of full. Wild, as shot; not baited, called in or set up.