Thursday, August 15, 2013

Photographs from Tuesday's Birding

Semipalmated Sandpiper and Semipalmated Plover
On Tuesday, Doug and I got together for a usual day of birding.  The plan was to bird Horseneck Beach (of course I was photographing as usual) looking for shorebirds and to finish up at Gooseberry Neck.  The morning was foggy, but the temperature was comfortable.  At Horseneck Beach, there were a large number of shorebirds, but nothing unusual.  We observed sanderlings, semipalmated plovers, and semipalmated sandpipers.  I was hoping for some Dowichers or Whimbrils, but none were to be had.
Semipalmated Sandpipers

Semipalmated Plover

Gooseberry had a number of birds, but only a few were photographable.  One of the more interesting photographs was that of Laughing Gulls, one in winter plumage, one in summer plumage and one in juvenile plumage.  With all three in the same frame, it gives a good comparison of the differences.
Laughing Gulls in Three Plumages
American Goldfinch Feeding

Female Common Yellowthroat

Ruddy Turnstone on a Rock

Once we finished Gooseberry, we drove over to the field station of Allens Pond, because I had a leave some photographs off.  Doug was surveying the marsh and noticed a number of Glossy Ibis mixed in with Snowy and Great Egret's.  We walked down to the culvert and despite trying to sneak quietly and slowly the glossy Ibis flew.  We then went up on the rise overlooking the pannes, and the glossy Ibis again took off, but I was able to capture some photographs of the glossy Ibis flying.
Glossy Ibis in Flight
Snowy Egret

Snowy Egrets