Yes, poop happens. If there are birds there is poop. That is the straight poop… I mean scoop!

Royal TernRoyal Tern, Florida

Some birds poop in mid-air which it is always wise to have your mouth closed when photographing birds directly over your head. A wide-brimmed hat is kind of handy too. I’m glad this Royal Tern banked when it did or I might have gotten bombed.

KilldeerKilldeer, Utah

Some shorebirds will leave the water to poop, I’ve noticed that American Avocets always exit the water when they need to pooh. Some shorebirds poop so fast you don’t even notice it. Even with a shutter speed of 1/1600 I could not freeze the motion of this Killdeer’s poop, they must be the “fast as lightning” poopers.

Roseate SpoonbillRoseate Spoonbill, Florida

I think that Roseate Spoonbills are Super Dooper Poopers, this bird looks like it grew an extra leg the stream of poop is so long!

Okay, enough talk about poop! (At least until the next Oh… Poop post)


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


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  2. I spent a few hours watching an Osprey nest perched some 40 feet in the air this summer. An adult and 2 juveniles spent most of the time there. What I noticed was the Osprey would flap their wings while backing up toward edge of nest and the “flapping” movement seemed to facilitate “a real movement”! I watched this behavior for about a half hour. I at first thought the birds were exercising, but on further inspection they were actually defecating and none appeared to go into the nest. They appeared to be very clean birds. Just whomever may have been standing directly below, got the brunt.

  3. Our fellow BiF contributor, Heidi Ware, keeps a Poop-Life-List – all the species she has witness pooping. I’ll be your photo-documented list of birds pooping is quite extensive!

  4. It’s funny how predictable the pre-poop gestures become. Funny series, Mia … enhanced by the variety of species.

  5. these are so funny!

  6. Now that’s a lotta poop!

  7. These photos are too funny! I can’t wait for your next Oh… Poop post :)

  8. Lol, lot’s of poop, me thinks you might need to carry a scoop. Great photos :)

  9. Mia, these photos are really…crappy.

    Hehe this was fun. When the song birds make their bo-bos it’s pretty cute, but man when the Herons (or Ibises) let fly…that’s another beast entirely. I guess it all depends on the feces err.. I mean species.

    (P.S. Your photos totally rock)

  10. I’m laughing at this post Mia. Nicely done on such an untidy topic. Carol

  11. Now this is an original blog post – love it!

  12. Great shots–and advice!! 8^}

  13. Ha, thanks for chuckle. You have mastered poop photography. Well done!

  14. Very funny, no need for TP either, I remember when I was in Navy at San Diego in my dress black uniform in parade formation when a big seagull bombed me and I had to complete the event with a very, very large white spot on my back of black dress jacket.

    • Oh Jim, I can imagone how challenging it must have been to be in dress uniform and have that big blotch of white poop on it! Thanks for sharing your story and for your comment.

  15. Love it!!!
    when I’m out hiking I take pictures of poo. There are so many different kinds.

  16. I don’t know what to say, Mia. I guess, “Great Poop Pix” will have to do. HeeHee!

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