Waterbirds
OF WESTERN NORTH AMERICA
Waterfowl, Shorebirds, Gulls, Cormorants, Coots, Cranes, Herons, etc.


Cormorants skimming over the water, Saturna Island, BC.

The following page is devoted to some of my photographs of "Waterbirds," which are those birds that like to hang out on or near water. These birds are Non-Passerines (ie. not songbirds), and tend to be larger and usually lay white eggs. These birds include WATERFOWL, SHOREBIRDS, GULLS, CORMORANTS, COOTS, CRANES, HERONS, AND OTHER WATERBIRD ALLIES.

(Most of the birds on this page were photographed in Washington or British Columbia, and a few perhaps from my travels around the western United States. However, I have many other bird photos that are not on this page, from AN AMAZING BIRDING ROADTRIP through several birding hotspots across the country I embarked on in Spring 2008.)

Disclaimer: With bird photography, by first goal is to just document the bird sighting, and after I've done that my goal becomes getting a good photo of the bird. So my bird photos range from identification "I've seen that bird" photos to good "I'd hang that on my wall" photos.


Waterfowl
(breeding male)  (female)  

BUFFLEHEAD
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC
Bellingham waterfront, WA
(breeding male)  (breeding male)  (male & female)  

Harlequin DUCK
Saturna Island, BC
(male)  (female)  

Ring-necked DUCK 
Sweetwater Wetlands, AZ
(male)  (male)  (female)  

Wood DUCK
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

DUCK of some sort
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC
(male)  

GADWALL
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC
 (breeding male & female)  (breeding male)  (breeding male)  

Barrow's GOLDENEYE
Bellingham waterfront, WA
Saturna Island, BC
Semiahmoo, WA
 (breeding male)   (breeding male)   (female)  (female)  

Common** GOLDENEYE
Bellingham waterfront, WA
Semiahmoo, WA
**the circular shape of the white spot is specific to Common Goldeneye as opposed to the arc shape on the Barrow's Goldeneye

Canada GEESE
Saturna Island, BC
Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park, BC
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Domestic GOOSE
Saturna Island, BC

Snow GEESE
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC
(nonbreeding adult)

Horned GREBE
Padilla Bay, WA

Pied-billed GREBE
Sweetwater Wetlands, AZ

Western GREBE
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT

Pigeon GUILLEMOTS
Keystone Ferry Landing, WA

Common LOON
Semiahmoo, WA
Bellingham waterfront, WA
(male)    (female)   

MALLARD
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC
Yosemite, CA

Domestic MALLARD
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC
 (breeding male)    (nonbreeding male)  

Common MERGANSER
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC
 (male & female)  (male)   (female)  

Hooded MERGANSER
Birch Bay, WA
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC
 (breeding male & female)  (breeding female)  

Red-breasted MERGANSER 
Saturna Island, BC
Semiahmoo, WA
 (male)   (male)  (male)  

OLDSQUAW (aka Long-tailed DUCK)
Semiahmoo, WA
(breeding male)  (breeding male)  (breeding male)  (female)  

Northern PINTAIL
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC
(adult breeding)  

Tufted PUFFIN
Point Defiance Zoo, Tacoma, WA
(breeding male)  

Greater (or Lesser?) SCAUP
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC
(breeding male)  (breeding female)  

Lesser SCAUP
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC
(male)  (female)  

Black SCOTER
Semiahmoo, WA
(male)  (female)  

Surf SCOTER
Semiahmoo, WA
(male)  

White-winged SCOTER
Semiahmoo, WA
(male)  (female)  

Northern SHOVELER
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Mute SWAN
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Trumpeter SWANS
Skagit Flats, WA
Mission, BC
(breeding male)   (breeding male)  

Green-winged TEAL 
Semiahmoo, WA
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Chilliwack, BC
(breeding male)  (breeding male)  (female)  

American WIGEON
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Shorebirds, Gulls, Pelicans, Herons, Cormorants, Coots, Cranes, & Other Waterbird Allies

American AVOCET
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT

American COOT
Sweetwater Wetlands, AZ

Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Double-crested CORMORANT 
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT

Pelagic (black bill) CORMORANTS and Double-crested (orange bill) CORMORANTS
Saturna Island, BC

Sandhill CRANE
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Long-billed CURLEW
Half Moon Bay, CA

Long-billed DOWITCHER
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

DUNLIN
Semiahmoo, WA

Snowy EGRET
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT

GULLS
Saturna Island, BC
Mono Lake, CA

Great Blue HERON
Boundary Bay, BC
Boundary Bay, BC
Tsawwassen, BC
Padilla Bay, WA
Birch Bay, WA

Green HERON
Sweetwater Wetlands, AZ

Black-crowned Night-HERON
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

White-faced IBIS
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT

Black OYSTERCATCHER
Saturna Island, BC

American White PELICAN
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT

Black-bellied PLOVER
Semiahmoo, WA

Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

SANDERLING
Saturna Island, BC

Least (?) SANDPIPER
Mono Lake, CA
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Semipalmated (or Least?)  SANDPIPER
Saturna Island, BC

Spotted SANDPIPER
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA

Common SNIPE
eastern WA

SORA
Sweetwater Wetlands, AZ

SURFBIRDS
Saturna Island, BC

Black TURNSTONE
Saturna Island, BC

Greater YELLOWLEGS
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Lesser YELLOWLEGS
Semiahmoo, WA
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