Sanderlings and Surf by Bryan D. Spellman

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Taken on the beach below the Umpqua River Light, Winchester Bay, Oregon, December (yes! December!) 21st, 2006.

The Sanderling (Calidris alba) is a true migratory bird, breeding in the Arctic and wintering as far south as South America. In this photo, the birds are displaying their distinctive trait of running parallel to the surf while feeding.


shorebird, seafoam, sandpiper, sanderling, oregon coast

Born in Montana, raised in California, I’ve been holding a camera most of my life. I particularly love photographing the grand landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

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  • Elizabeth Halt
    Elizabeth Haltabout 5 years ago

    love the reflections! the foam looks almost like snow (unless it is snow?)

  • It was seafoam, but in another shot taken at the same place a little earlier in the day, I have my dog Gypsy looking at the foam and it really looks like snow.

    – Bryan D. Spellman

  • Themis
    Themisover 4 years ago

    They look so small compared to the surf! Very sweet :-) good catch

  • Thanks. They’re so much fun to watch as they “play” in the surf.

    – Bryan D. Spellman

  • jonvin
    jonvinalmost 4 years ago

    this is a great ’un…lovely

  • Thanks. This is one I have printed on canvas and framed, hanging above my desk.

    – Bryan D. Spellman

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...over 3 years ago

    I notice in the above comment that you have had this one framed – I bet it looks a million dollars – it’s a superb image !!

  • Thank you so much, Mattie. I can just get lost in the image, and as I said, it hangs right above my desk—and thus above my computer screen.

    – Bryan D. Spellman

  • Lynda Heins
    Lynda Heinsover 3 years ago

    Oh this is superb…love it!

  • Thank you, Lynda. It’s one of my favorites.

    – Bryan D. Spellman

  • InBetween
    InBetweenabout 3 years ago

    Loving this – very clear image with great colour tones.

  • Thank you so much for spending time with my work

    – Bryan D. Spellman

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