Today is World Shorebirds Day

Alert Ruddy TurnstoneAlert Ruddy Turnstone – Nikon D200, handheld, f5.6, 1/500, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 330mm, natural light

The World Shorebirds Day is a celebration. Shorebirds, those extreme migrants, as well as people, who do the most for them, are celebrated each year, on the 6th of September.

Shorebirds were my bird photography spark birds and they ignited the fire I have within me to go out into the field as often as possible to photograph all wild birds doing what they want to do where they want to do it. Shorebirds sparked me into improving my photographic skills and lit my desire to learn as much about them as possible. From the tiniest Least Sandpiper to the larger Long-billed Curlews, shorebirds fascinate and delight me.

About half of the shorebirds in the world are in decline and a few might not make it the next 2 decades if we don’t help them now. Habitat destruction, human disturbance and climate change are the biggest threats to these amazing birds.

World Shorebirds’ Day was created with the following aims:

  1. To raise public awareness about the need to protect shorebirds and their habitats throughout their life cycles;
  2. To raise public awareness about the need for ongoing shorebird research;
  3. To connect people with shorebirds through important shorebird sites around the world;
  4. To get shorebird enthusiasts to introduce shorebirds to more birdwatchers;
  5. To raise awareness about the need for increased funding for shorebird research, monitoring and conservation.

I am blessed to live in an area of the Great Basin that has millions of shorebirds because of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem, some of these shorebirds breed here and some are migrants that visit during their long migrations.

My world is much richer because of shorebirds and my photography and I hope that my images inspire people to appreciate and protect them.

Happy World Shorebirds Day!


PS: This Ruddy Turnstone was photographed in October of 2008 at Fort De Soto County Park’s north beach. It was very uncommon for me to see Ruddy Turnstones perched on anything, I was more used to seeing them in the water or on the sand. I took quite a few images of this turnstone before someone walked behind me and flushed the bird, this frame was taken just before the turnstone flew off.


  1. Mia McPherson September 6, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Sorry the dipstick scared off the Eagle Patty. One of the things I repeat over and over is if you want to be a bird photographer then you have to have patience. This guy had none. He was rude and inconsiderate.

  2. Elephant's Child September 6, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    How I wish that every day was World Shorebirds Day. And World Everything Else Day as well. Too many of us think that every day is ours.

    • Mia McPherson September 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      I do too EC. I do too.

  3. Patty Chadwick September 6, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Some people can be such a pain when you’re trying to watch or photo something…they just HAVE to see what it is your interested in…and their approach scares it off, then neither of you can oberve and enjoy it… Some of us were quietly watching a bald eagle, we called “Big Mamma”. She was sitting in a tree just off of the road. Some a–h—. wanted to see her fly, so he started yelling and waving his dumb ass arms and off she went. We had taken our grandsons out to show them an eagle and I was too disappointed, stunned, and angry to do or say anything. As soon as she flew, the jerk got back in his car and took off…we didn’t even get his plate number. Harassing them is not only immoral but illegal.

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