The Orniphile

Birding Website
of Robert D. Hughes

Featuring Photographs and
Articles About Chicago Area Birds and Birding

Photo Gallery

Part 1: Gulls, Terns, and Shorebirds

All of the photographs on this page were taken with a Fujifilm digital camera. A Questar telescope was also used for many of the photos. See my Digiscoping with a Questar page to learn how I use a Questar telescope with a digital camera for nature photography. More photos of birds and insects can be seen on my Instagram feed, handle robertdhughes63.

Recent additions: Snowy Owl and Sandhill Cranes

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Gulls & Terns

  • Franklin's Gull
  • Laughing Gull
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Great Black-backed Gull
  • Great Black-backed Gull
  • Glaucous Gull
  • Common Tern


  • American Avocet
  • American Golden-Plover
  • Black-bellied Plover
  • Semipalmated Plover
  • Piping Plover
  • Sanderling
  • Whimbrel
  • Least Sandpiper
  • Least Sandpiper
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper
  • Baird's Sandpiper
  • Baird's Sandpiper
  • Pectoral Sandpiper
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Short-billed Dowitcher
  • Dunlin
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper
  • Stilt Sandpiper
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Purple Sandpiper
  • Red Knot
  • White-rumped Sandpiper
  • Long-billed Dowitcher