An Osprey on its nest. I am always amazed when I see the size of an Osprey's nest and this time was no exception. It is right out in plain view of the beach and seemed to take a keen interest in preening itself and people watching.
Checking out the beach goers and the ocean.
Blurry digiscope picture, but I love how it picked up the color of its eye.
A lone Sanderling on a rock. Most Sanderlings seemed to be in large flocks so it was nice to see this one by itself.
More flock pictures as I took so many. I took this just as the Short-billed Dowichers arrived. So interesting to see the Sanderlings interacting with them and watch the species mingle amongst one another. I can just picture their conversation. Something like "Hey Frank, hows it going? I haven't seen you since Gloucester this past spring, hows life treating you and the family?. Sanderling responds back, not so bad Bob, considering the lousy weather we had this summer, spent some time up in Maine with the misses and decided to hang out here for a few days to get ready for the long haul that will be here sooner than we want it to. HA!
Another shot of the same scenario.
Another mixed flock shot with some Ruddy Turnstones mixed in amongst the others.
A large gathering of Double-crested Cormorants. I believe a pair actually nested here this summer?? One interesting thing about this picture is the fact that I didn't even notice the bird? in the water until I cropped it some. It is right in front of the light house. I at least think it's a bird, don't know what kind though. NOTE: Just looked at the picture again and I believe the bird in the water is an adult Herring Gull! ;o)
More DC photos but on a different structure.
Another life bird for me which was this Brant the we saw hanging out with this adult Herring Gull. Don't know why it was there by itself with the gull, but it was able to fly off with no problem so I am guessing it's okay. Just odd to see it by itself and not in a flock w/ other Brant's
A Northern Harrier on top of a pine tree. Love how this hawk flies lower than the other hawks I am used to seeing. Wish it would have stuck around longer for a few more decent photos, but it was still nice to see.
And lastly, Three Great Egrets with a Great-blue Heron mixed in. They were all looking in the area the Harrier was at. Classic photo and reminds me of those album covers you would see in the 1970's where band members had that long haired hippie look and would be out in the middle of a field looking all philosophical as they gazed toward the horizon. :oP
I am still not done yet folks! I know you are all eagerly awaiting the 200 gull photos I took but it takes time for me to sift through them all to pick out my faves!!! I took so many of them that I have to once again give it it's own post. HA! Will post them tomorrow or Tuesday if I have time. I am on vacation next week so I am guessing this week at work is going to be crazy trying to cram two weeks worth of work into one. Take care!