Oh Happy Days! I'm back on the field getting used to my old camera all over again and what better way to get some practice down with a lifer bird for me! It doesn't get any better than this.
We arrived at the southernmost part of Fort Myers Beach and I gathered up my gear with a big dose of hope to find a reported rare specie at that location.
|From the top of the bridge I could see those two starfish leaving their leg prints behind as they headed back to the gulf.|
|The anticipation is building up and it is with great enjoyment that I would like to introduce to you.....the Red-Necked Phalarope (#245)|
|The Red-Necked Phalarope is a small wader (7-3/4") (smaller than a Least Tern by 2"). It breeds in arctic regions of North America and Eurasia. It is migratory, and, usually for a wader, winters at sea on tropical oceans.|
|To see this bird here is quite unusual and a rare sighting - so I'm delighted to have been able to watch it as it fed on insects.|
|It was seen catching insects flying above the water surface, at one point it caught a bee and spit it out, probably not liking its bite.|
|The pond was rather quiet this morning, beside the Red-Necked Phalarope a Great Blue Heron and a Tricolored Heron were present.|
|On the human side - some of us got on our knees in order to get a better bird-eye's view. (Hi Bob!). In the photo you can see the Red-necked Phalarope which was pretty close to the edge and the Great Blue Heron on the far edge.|
|At one point the Red-necked Phalarope took maybe 60 seconds at the most to stop and to clean up its feathers.|
|Well, folks, all good things eventually must come to an end.....|
|and keep in mind that you'll never know where I'll turn up next.|