Waders~

Wading Birds like this oystercatcher are fascinating to watch. I photographed this American Oystercatcher in South America.

This Black Oystercatcher, near The Holler, was a rare sighting.


California has about 668 species of birds. The Holler, and nearby environs alone, account for approximately 500 of them, including a variety of waders. Little Blue Herons can be found near the coast, and are seen less often, closer to The Holler.

Majestic Great Blue Herons are common.

They sometimes show up at our front door!

Sandhill Cranes stand over four feet tall and are further afield.

They winter at The Salton Sea.

Snowy Egrets are everywhere. This guy was near the coast.

His green crab lunch was a bit crabby and hard to swallow!

Cheers to you from The Holler’s wonderful waders~

199 thoughts on “Waders~

    • Ahhhh, thank you so much. The Sandhills are tricky to photograph. They are so timid, and hard for me to get close too. I wonder why. It could be predators, or maybe some people treat them badly.

  1. Gorgeous pics and subjects. We have mNy sand hill cranes here, it’s so sweet that they form a family. You’ll always see them in threes. The Mom , Dad, and “child”. Egrets. Are plentiful here too.ovecyour series of photos.

  2. Love the Little Blue Heron especially! I have to win the lottery and get myself a lake! Having around 500 species of birds is phenomenal! I have watched 25 different species out my window and thought I was doing well!!

  3. Such a beautiful spot — no wonder the waders have taken up residence there! Thank you, Cindy, for capturing them in their environ. I was wondering what that snowy egret was trying to gobble, ha!

    • The first time it happened, we had newly moved here, and I was scared of him. I saw him through the glass panel of the door, and my instant thought was, “There is a dinosaur at my door!”
      I looked again, and saw it was a 4 1/2 foot tall bird! I used another door!
      The second time I used another door, but took photos. The third time, I opened the door with my camera and clicked! 😉

  4. Your photo of the oyster catcher is stunning. We have them here sometimes in South Wales but I can never seen them as close up as you have caught them here. I love their orange/red eyeliner!

  5. Cindy, as always, I’m just plain awed. You get such color, clarity, composition, and perfectly timed shots. The blue heron is particularly gorgeous, but the birds in flight had such surprising color contrast. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Hugs on the wing.

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