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Shorebirds

Wading birds and shorebirds like waterfront views. Shorebirds are found on the shores of coastal areas and inland lakes, while wading birds favor the shallow waters of wetlands, whether coastal or inland.

Many wading and shorebird species migrate thousands of miles between their winter homes and their breeding grounds.

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Beating the Odds: A Year in the Life of a Piping Plover

Beating the Odds: A Year in the Life of a Piping Plover

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Audubon Society
Delaware Bay Shorebird Project

Delaware Bay Shorebird Project

Check out this video: Hundreds of thousands of shorebirds pause spring migration to refuel on eggs of Horseshoe Crabs, which come ashore in huge numbers to lay them. More...

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Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
Everglades National Park: Birds

Everglades National Park: Birds

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National Park Service
Identifying Shorebirds

Identifying Shorebirds

Amaze your family on your next trip to the beach. Use these clues from a Peterson Field Guide podcast to learn to identify shorebirds. More...

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Peterson Field Guides
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)

Mated for life, Sandhill Crane pairs renew their romance each spring with a dance that incorporates bows and leaps. Discover more about this iconic wading bird. More...

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Audubon Society
Shorebird Pictures

Shorebird Pictures

Generally smaller than wading birds, shorebirds are more commonly found on the coast. Get acquainted with a sampling of shorebird species. More...

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National Geographic
Stork vs. Mongoose

Stork vs. Mongoose

A mongoose troop teams up to fight off 5-foot-tall Marabou storks, the largest wading birds in the stork family. Can they protect their young from these huge, relentless birds? More...

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National Geographic
Storks and Long-Legged Wading Birds

Storks and Long-Legged Wading Birds

Storks and other wading birds use their long, thin legs and long beaks to forage in shallow water. Don’t miss the “Here fishy fishy” video. More...

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BBC
Wading and Shore Birds

Wading and Shore Birds

Enjoy an entertaining montage of fabulous wading and shorebird photos set to music. More...

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Stephen W. Ross
Wading Bird Pictures

Wading Bird Pictures

This gallery features an international cast of wading birds, including flamingos, cranes — and an explosion of ibises. More...

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National Geographic
Wading Birds of North America

Wading Birds of North America

Head to Florida if you want to see a North American wading bird — all of these "waders" can be found or have been seen there. More...

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