Greater Yellowlegs at the wrack line

Greater Yellowlegs at the wrack lineGreater Yellowlegs at the wrack line – Nikon D200, handheld, f8, 1/350, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

The shorebirds are making their way back to Utah, this week I saw my first Long-billed Curlews and a large flock of American Avocets on the wing. Other shorebirds aren’t far behind them. Some will stay and nest here and raise their young while others will head further north.

This Greater Yellowlegs was photographed in Florida on its wintering grounds and soon thousands upon thousands of these yellow-legged shorebirds and other shorebird species will head through Utah on their way to their nesting grounds.

I get excited when spring arrives in Utah and the shorebirds return because they were my spark birds, they are what got me into bird photography and I am so very glad they did.

Life is good.




  1. Jane Chesebrough March 22, 2015 at 12:23 am

    That’s exciting to see that they are arriving. I too, like the expression “spark bird.”

  2. Elephant's Child March 21, 2015 at 11:32 am

    I love the term ‘spark bird’, and am very happy (and grateful) you found yours.

  3. Patty Chadwick March 21, 2015 at 7:47 am

    That is a gorgeous shot of a striking bird….love everything about it! Never heard the yerm “wrack line” before…guess it must be where water and debris meet.

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