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At the end of the Barnegat Lighthouse jetty, several kinds of birds gathered on the beach to search for food. They did not mind my being there among them and allowed me to get some close-up shots.

There were sanderlings,

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ruddy turnstones,

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including this one which was totally concentrated on its search for food.

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Then there was a dunlin which had just landed and was bouncing around.

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Here are two dunlins in the process of taking off.

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I also went back to where the Harlequin ducks were bobbing on the waves, and saw two Longtailed ducks, which were just as colorful. The one with the long tail is the male.

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So on the shortest day of the year I had my fill of shore birds and ducks. Who would have ever thought that so many of them were at Old Barney?

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