Piping Plovers and Least Tern ~ A Story

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All images were shot with a Nikon D2Xs, 500 AFSII, both with and without a TC14EII converter.

I'm shooting plovers, terns and other shorebirds down in Plymouth MA this summer (weekends only unfortunately) and my wife and I headed down for our first trip this past Friday.

Upon out arrival, we were welcomed with severe thunderstorms....really neat actually as the house we're shooting from is right on the beach.

The rain ended and with the few moments of sun which remained, I headed down the dune path to find the source of the peeping I could barely hear and found this rather damp little beauty standing nearby it's nest....

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The next morning I was up as the sun rose over the ocean and found a plover happily incubating the three eggs which I had seen the evening before.

I sat on the sand, quietly to observe......

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With another thunderstorm nearby, the morning light was very changeable...and I was a bit nervous, but sat tight as I still had somewhat clear skies above me.

With much screeching, this least tern landed mere feet in front of me and not far from the plover nest.....

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Immediately, the plover on the nest and another nearby, likely it's mate, started working their way away from the nest to draw attention from it as the least tern seemed really intent on trying to sit on the nest itself.....

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The tern kept circling the nest and the plovers got a bit more frantic and began with a little broken wing display to garner it's attenton....

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When that didn't work things got a bit more agressive....

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As fast as it began it was over....the tern still looking a bit confused...

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One of the plovers happily back incubating their eggs....

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And finally...the tern settled onto it's rightful nest which it was obviously confused about, as it was a mere three feet from that of the plovers :)

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By the way...a bit later in the day, I managed to catch the plovers on some fly bys as they flew to and from the nest to feed.....

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Stunning Jim! Piping Plovers are very carefully protected on the VA eastern shore as there are only about 300 nesting pairs on Assateague Island. Noone can get close. This group is as good as I've seen of them my friend.
 
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Hello Pixelographer

I've never used a blind or hide as you folks call it.

I simply move slowly, allow the dreatures I shoot to aclimate to me and observe / photograph them as they go about their buisness.
 
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Wonderful wonderful wonderful

Going to miss you down here this week. Space shuttle launch friday night
Mike mac and harry and harris going to St Augustine.

Well maybe next year.
Sure miss ya
 
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OUSTANDING, Jim!!! What incredibly beautiful images, and a great story. The interaction of creatures is amazing to watch. :smile:
 
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Jim,

I really enjoyed your photo-narrative and the images, well, as usual, they are simply Outstanding! The next to the last is extraordinary!
Thanks for the link!

Robin
 
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