Sanderlings at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin on October 6, 2017

A stop at McKinley Beach this morning in Milwaukee gave brief views of 8 Sanderlings feeding pretty much non-stop. Also present were the commonly seen Ring-billed Gulls at this location. After only a couple minutes a dog approached the area and all the birds flushed with the Sanderlings heading south. Other birds to note along the local lakefront were many Double-crested Cormorants everywhere, and ~ a dozen Northern Shovelers, and a Ruddy Duck being at Lakeshore State Park. It was a overcast morning with mild temps around 58 degrees with some steady winds and waves off the lake. Images were taken on October 6, 2017.

Sanderling with a bite to eat…

Sanderlings feeding along the beach bank…

Sanderlings feeding along the beach with Ring-billed Gulls

Moving along the beach with waves rolling in…

Along the beach they go…

Trying to avoid the waves…

Shaking it off!

Size comparison image with a Ring-billed Gull and a Sanderling…

Some preening

More preening


Coming towards me…

In the wave…

Out of the wave action…

Just waiting for the sight of something to eat…

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

6 Responses to Sanderlings at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin on October 6, 2017

  1. Pam Skaar says:

    Running from the wave made me laugh! thanks

    I also enjoyed noting the black crescent along the front of their wings in winter plumage. Maybe I’ll be able to remember it when I’m birding.

  2. Adel Korkor says:

    I look forward to seeing your images!
    Allways inspiring and beautiful.

  3. Annie says:

    Awesome Jim. The comparison to the gull —-great clue and very helpful. Thanks for sharing . They all are fabulous

  4. R Carlson says:

    My favorite bird best pictures – kudos to you

  5. Peggy says:

    Hello Jim, I always love your photos and this is no exception. You capture the bird and the surroundings in a unique way. “trying to avoid waves” for openers. It’s so amazing you can capture the wave that way. How do you do that? All the complexity of the wave form and the droplets. I look at each bird and feather and all the water forms!!!
    Thanks so much for keeping up with your special gift and sharing it with all of us. Cheers from Peggy in Madison

  6. Nan Wisherd says:

    Love the action shot with the wave! Thanks for sharing these great shots.

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