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Monday, September 08, 2008

Birding the Hoover Mudflats

Labor Day, 2008.















Tom

10 comments:

  1. Thanks Mary. I can't can't decide if the lesser yellowlegs spit out a tadpole, or perhaps a madtom.

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  2. Tom: Beautiful captures on the mudfalt. I like that one bird with the full reflection.

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  3. Thanks Tom- Do you see that thing flipping from its mouth? I decide if that is a tadpole or perhaps a tadpole madtom.

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  4. yellowlegs, sandpipers, and what are the guys in the bottom photos?

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  5. Very nice! For some reason I'm particularly drawn to the shot of the raised walkway. I enjoy the geometry & reflection, but I also find it inviting. :)

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  6. Great shots. And yes, that's mud :-)

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  7. Great images wow. Anna :)

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  8. Tom, thanks for posting your pictures off the boardwalk at Hoover. I haven't been there in a couple of years. When I lived in Columbus it was one of my favorite haunts. It appears to me that the yellowlegs is eating a bullfrog tadpole. The tadpole madtoms I have come across were in streams with aquatic vegetation. Also, they would be more of a uniform brown with whiskers, basically a small catfish. I think you have two different 'peep' sandpipers as well. I would guess the upper is a Semipalmated Sandpiper and the other is a Least Sandpiper. These can be hard to identify for sure and I'm no expert with shorebirds.

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  9. Lana- Thank you. I took some time to set up those shots and make them just right. It was definitely a great boardwalk.

    Thing- I'm thinking those are more yellowlegs.

    Ivar- I definitely take the name "mudflat" for granted, but these are very muddy mudflats. The number of tracks imprinted into the mud was fairly spectacular.

    Ryan- Thanks for taking a look. I had never been to the boardwalk, so I'm glad I finally went. I'm glad to see you enjoyed the pics. BTW- stopped by Kenney Park for the first time since we moved, tons of tree branches down everywhere, and I had to dodge a group of teens that were engaged in a paintball war.

    Tom

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