Grays Harbor, Washington, flock, shorebirds, sanderling, dunlin, Pacific flyway, migration

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Grays Harbor, Washington

Shorebirds gather by the thousands in Grays Harbor, a traditional stopping point on the Pacific flyway as the birds migrate north in the spring and south in the fall.  The spring migration is more concentrated, so the flocks are larger and more appealing to photographers.  I photographed this flock of sanderlings (and a single dunlin, I believe) using a relatively slow shutter speed to show the motion of the birds as a moderate blurring.  Photo © copyright by Stephen Penland.

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