Sunday, August 2, 2015

Shorebirds and Lepidoptera

Although I still have a number of pictures from the Downeast Maine trip to review and process, I went out yesterday morning and visited Horseneck Beach State Reservation, and then went to Allens Pond.

The surf at Horseneck was rough.  In fact, there were two people surfing.

The tide was incoming and there was a number of shorebirds running around.  We picked a portion of the beach that was not inundated with water ye to sit down to photograph the shorebirds running back and forth.  The only problem came as people decided to walk in the edge of the water along the beach, which cause the shorebirds to fly.
Great Black-backed Gull

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Semipalmated Plover

At least the shorebirds flew back and walked right by us..  As more people were arriving at the beach.  The birds were flying away to unoccupied areas.  Packing up, we drove to Allen Pond and prior to the beach ramble, we photographed around the butterfly garden.  I saw my first Monarch of the year and finally was able to obtain photos of a Clearwing Hummingbird Moth.
Monarch Butterfly

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

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