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Lots of Peeps at Evangeline Beach

August 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I made my last trip to Evangeline Beach August 6 and it was a good one. I saw the largest flocks of peeps I've ever seen here, indeed anywhere. There were several groups that streamed forth both in front of and behind Boot Island varying between 200-400 metres in length and 20-50 metres in height with an unknown width but they were probably as wide as they were high. With densities varying between .5 to 4 birds per cubic metre the flock sizes are 100,000++ each. The dimensions of the flocks are easily determined using the sensor frame as a measuring tool providing you know the distance to the flock. This distance was measured off a map.

I used my usual strategy of arriving 1-1/2 hours before high tide and sitting in a beach chair with my camera tripod mounted and at eyeball level. The fishers appreciated what I was doing and gave me space. Only a few dozen birds landed on the beach mostly in front of me as the fishers were casting, reeling and baiting which kept the birds to my end of the beach.

I have perhaps a hundred photos so this set is just a sampling of what was seen.

Semipalmated Plover

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I saw Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper and White-rumped Sandpiper on the beach in front of me. The photos of swarms are the big flocks off Boot Island.

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