I had the opportunity to join my friend Elaine this morning and to observe some birds at Bunche Beach - it was low tide and early - a perfect mix for a great outing, come and see....
|Our first sighting was in the parking lot - one of two Yellow-crowned Night Heron is pictured here zooming in for a mangrove crab.|
|Oh! I spot a Marbled Godwit - one of my favorite birds.|
|And Short-billed Dowitcher.|
|That Godwit is really striking with its pink and black bill.|
|A Willet and a Red Knot. We observed this Red Knot for quite some time, thinking that it might be a White-rumped but with the help of my photos, books and friend's input - it was eventually verified as a Red Knot.|
|Black Skimmers and Semi-palmated Plovers took flight when a few powered gliders came by.|
|More Short-billed Dowitcher|
|That famous Red Knot|
|pictured with two Dowitchers.|
|Another Marbled Godwit - this one took on a different hue with the sun/light and appears as if its bill is orange.|
|In the distance - a Bald Eagle.|
|We saw several Reddish Egret - a dark morph is pictured here.|
Well, these Marbled Godwit were quite a treat to see among many other shorebirds....check my E-Bird List for the 31 species we saw this morning.