A bit of beach walking this morning provided me with some great time observing our feathered friends and to muse about the fact that they have the freedom to fly - whether as a mode of transportation or to flee for protection. I was glad to see more birds on the beach too, come and take a look....
|The White Ibis in its breeding plumage really caught my attention - look at those blue eyes, crimson legs/bill and|
|that gular pouch! The Ibis are common but they certainly deserve second looks, don't you think?|
|A younger White Ibis with some of its brown feathers remaining - by next year it will sport its new white coat too.|
|Several Least Terns were on the beach this morning - resting and feeding in between.|
|An adult Least Tern.|
|Some Ruddy Turnstone came in to mingle and to check if the food is better in this corner.|
|An Osprey was also actively looking for some breakfast.|
|A juvenile Least Tern|
|A wet Black Skimmer landed near the adult Least Tern.|
|A Sub-adult Brown Pelican flew by too.|
|More Least Tern|
|People were walking the beach along the edge of the water causing the birds to take flight - a Ruddy Turnstone showing its intricate patterns.|
|The Black Skimmer did not spend much time resting - off he went to resume his feast.|
|A few Royal Terns were present too - on the left I see that this Tern has been banded.|
|Notice the difference in the size between the almost largest Tern with the smallest Tern.|
|See the difference in flight too.|
Another young Least Tern - notice the difference in the bill and the plumage.
Well, folks, it's been fun and soon more birds will return to our area, I look forward to welcome them back.