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    • The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge ( is a favorite spot for me. I volunteer in the visitor center, and I wander in the refuge to absorb the beauty. While it is a birding paradise, the attraction for me is a sense of peace.

      The 6-mile long beach is a nesting area for the endangered piping plovers. Each year on April 1st the entire beach is closed for the nesting season, reopening months later when the birds are finished with it.

      I love walking on the beach in the winter when there are more birds than people populating it. At this time of year I know I need to get my fill of beach walking at Parker River so I usually try to visit several times in March. Yesterday was one of those days.

      I arrived about an hour after low tide. That meant I had to pay attention to the ocean as I walked close to the beach / water boundary - the temperature of both the air and water was too cold to chance wet feet!

    • There weren't too many birds around as I started walking south on the beach. About a half-hour in to my walk I came upon a bunch of sanderlings feeding on the beach.

    • Sand dunes wore a coating of snow while the beach sand was clear. The tide does a good job of clearing the beach!

    • Just before I turned from the beach to the boardwalk to head inland, I grabbed a shot looking to the town.

    • On the inland side of the island, the wetlands were still covered in snow and ice.

    • You're probably right @Chris - that's something that I have been fighting for a while now. I haven't yet convinced myself of the need (as opposed to a desire) for a lens that I won't use as often as it should be used. At some point I will probably give in, just not yet!

      With the wind blowing sand around yesterday, even if I had a long lens with me I wouldn't have changed lenses in those conditions.

    • @Chris yup, you're right, I need a longer lens - even though I probably wouldn't have used it yesterday because of the need to change in the blowing sand!

      Here's a sanderling shot from years back when I was still shooting Canon and had a longer lens. Amazing that I caught the birds at rest - they are more often in constant motion.