Sunday, August 24, 2014

It's warming up

I saw a huge decline in the species of bird lately and I can taste the turn around that is now taking place. Quite a few of the shorebirds have been making their comeback and I welcome them wholeheartedly.
I started my day by doing turtle patrol and on my way back I was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise.

As I turned the corner, I was pleasantly surprised to catch sight of the Swallow Tailed Kites - this pair was found floating and taking advantage of the air movements. It was an unusual sight because these birds leave our island sometime in July to spend their winters in Brazil.

A young Least Tern resting after feeding.

A Black-bellied Plover slowly losing his black belly feathers as he gets ready for winter.

A Ruddy Turnstone - as the name implies, this ruddy colored bird flicks shells and stones while looking for food. This bird is special to me because it correspond with the start of my birding interest.

An adult and immature Royal Tern - the immature can often be seen begging for food/attention for long period of times - the next time you see them, spend time observing this behavior as it is quite entertaining.

Here are two Least Terns with a Ruddy Turnstone - this gives you an idea as to how small those Terns are.

Stay tuned, it is gearing up as migration takes place and more birds are showing up - I look forward to their arrival and the cooling of our temperatures too.

1 comment:

  1. Great post France; the Swallow-tailed Kite was a wonderful find for this time of year!