I was there on a photographic mission. To photograph sandpipers for a commission. The little darlings are so elusive. Literally 1000 photos later and only two little sandpipers. Lots of Ruddy Turnstones. A Short-Billed Dowitcher or ten. Great Blue Heron - and some of them in flight, beautiful! Yep. Only a couple of little sandpipers. And many, many plovers. Question for you. Do you think the person I am doing the commission for would recognize that the plovers are not sandpipers? All shorebirds look alike, right?
And I learned something else. No matter how good your camera is, it is never good enough. I wish I had a longer lens. My "purse" camera has a 30x optic zoom. Sounds impressive. In practicality it does not work well. Sure it zooms - but you cannot hold the blinking thing steady enough to get the shot - and that is if you are lucky enough to actually get the birds located in the display to get the shot with the zoom fully extended.