Last month, Hugh and I took a spontaneous and soggy photo walk through Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge in Hoquiam, Washington. For a few weeks at the end of April and beginning of May, hundreds of thousands of migrating sandpipers, Dunlins, plovers, dowitchers and Red Knots feed and rest on the Refuge’s mud flats and along the tideline. On the day we went, a volunteer estimated 15,000 birds were foraging on the plateau in front of us.
With my camera on the fritz, Hugh’s memory card failing (after we got home), and the light quality, at times, almost onyx and sable, the day was more about the experience than the shots.
There was also a bonus round: At the end of the walk, we had a surprise visitor who capped the entire excursion with one of my favorite (ever) nature experiences.
The post is at The Wildlife Conservation Stamp website: The Shorebirds of Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge
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