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Semipalmated Sandpipers

Updated: Mar 10, 2019

Every year in August, thousands of semipalmated sandpipers stop by the the Upper Bay of Fundy (home of the World’s highest tides), as they prepare for their 3-day non-stop flight to South America. As soon as the tide recedes and the mud flats start to be exposed, the shorebirds feed on mud shrimp. In a period of about 2-3 weeks, the sandpipers will double their weight, and get the energy they require in order to make their non-stop flight to South America.

All images on this post were taken at Johnson’s Mills Shorebird Reserve, located near the city of Moncton, adjacent to the Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park.

Over 80,000 semipalmated sandpipers were on site the day this image was shot.

The birds flying in unison make for an incredible spectacle, absolutely worth checking out if you're a nature lover, and definitely a popular destination for wildlife photographers.

A child wildlife photographer
Dozens of photographers line up to shoot these extraordinary birds, including my 4 year old boy.

UPDATE: Come photograph the shorebirds with me! I will be offering a photography workshop at Johnson's Mills in the summer of 2019.


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