Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Gooseberry Morning

Semipalmated Plover

First, update on my computer.  Windows 7 is working fine.  The only thing that I need to do is upgrade my graphic card to a newer version so I can use the graphic accelerator in LightRoom and Photoshop.  It is been ordered and will arrive tomorrow.  Thank goodness for Backblaze, my lost files have been recovered so everything is up-to-date.
East Side of Gooseberry at Low Tide, Where a Large Amount of Wrack
Sunday morning, the family traveled out to Gooseberry, where we walked up the Eastside of the island and had an enjoyable time photographing shorebirds, Osprey, and double-crested Cormorants.  First of the year, Ruddy Turnstones, along with semipalmated plovers and sandpipers, plus a cooperative spotted sandpiper.

Ruddy Turnstone in Flight
Double-Crested Cormorant Landing
Group of Double-Crested Cormorants
Ruddy Turnstone
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper in Flight
Black-bellied Plover Flying
Ruddy Turnstones Flying
We watched the ospreys hovering, diving, but while we will watch and they did not catch any fish.  On the computer, I made a composite of the Osprey diving.  A great black-backed gull found a fish among the rocks, which appeared to be a black sea bass, and started feeding on it.  A juvenile great black-backed gull landed and started to cry asking to be fed.  The adult allowed the juvenile to feed on the fish.  We all had chances to capture shorebirds in flight.
Osprey Dive
Osprey after It Came Out Of the Water
Great Black-backed Gull Feeding

Adult and Juvenile Great Black-backed Gull

The weather started out brightly overcast, and when we initially started.  There was a sprinkle of rain, which stopped, although, in the distance over the Elizabeth Island chain, you could see rain.  In fact, afternoon initial sprinkling we did not get any rain until after we left Gooseberry and started home.

Swarms of swallows came in waves crossing over Buzzards Bay from the islands.  It is always a great sight watching these swallows  swarm.

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