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)



  1. Vinny September 30, 2012 at 8:32 am

    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.

  2. Robert Mortensen May 14, 2012 at 11:11 am

    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!

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      I may have to start keeping a Poop Life List too Robert! I see a lot of Pooping going on when I photograph birds. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Ingrid May 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you Ingrid, stay tuned later on for more Poopy pictures!

  4. Amila May 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    these are so funny!

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you Amila, I am glad I could give you a laugh.

  5. Larry Jordan May 11, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Now that’s a lotta poop!

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      It sure is a lot of poop Larry! Thank you.

  6. Prairie Birder May 11, 2012 at 8:17 am

    These photos are too funny! I can’t wait for your next Oh… Poop post 🙂

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      LOL PrairieBirder, I take a lot of poopy pictures! Thank you.

  7. Susan May 10, 2012 at 9:52 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Susan, maybe I should carry a pooper scooper! Thanks for your comment.

  8. Laurence Butler May 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    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)

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Crappy?? Yeah they are Laurence! And yes, herons, Ibis and egrets cane definitely make a huge mess. Thanks for the giggle.

  9. Carol Mattingly May 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm

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

  10. Julie Brown May 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Too funny Mia! 🙂

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      Thank you Julie, makes a person think more about pooping birds!

  11. Pat Bumstead May 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Now this is an original blog post – love it!

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed this post Pat! Thanks for your comment.

  12. zephyr May 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Great shots–and advice!! 8^}

  13. Julie G. May 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks Julie, I’m being called the “Queen of Poop” by people close to me now!

  14. Jim Hackley May 10, 2012 at 10:26 am

    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.

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      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. judy watson May 10, 2012 at 8:25 am

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

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Judy, I saw a hysterical scene the other day on the island involving poop, I will have to post on that poop soon!

  16. Bob Zeller May 10, 2012 at 8:19 am

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

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      LOL Bob, thanks for the comment on these Poopy pictures!

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