Friday, 13 September 2013
GHO, Perigrine, Yellowlegs, Avocets (20130912) Can we find some shore birds?
The plan was to be set up before sun up. Dan came down and we headed out a little later than anticipated, but it was looking like a beautiful morning. As we pulled up to an unanticipated closed gate and got out, we spooked an unseen Great Horned Owl. It flew over to a nearby fenceline, only to be "attacked" by both a Northern Harrier and a Swainson's Hawk. Here is the owl trying to regain his perch on a fence post.
It should be no surprize that his Lady friend was not far away. This would appear to perhaps be a hang over of the Warbler migration, which is starting to wind down (I think).
Some of the shore birds that were present were American Avocets, and Marbled Godwits.
Here is a group of American Avocet's, that are likeling "staging" and getting a little rest before heading out south to spend the winter.
Just a couple of minutes later there was a flock of about 50 Long Billed Dowitchers that joined them, we found at least one Short bill in the group too.
We shiftred areas, and I was pleased to see that the Whitefaced Ibis were still around, I expect they will be gone very soon.
And now, an in-flight shot. This has been my best year for finding and photoing these birds.
I hope that you have the opportunity to get out an enjoy the wildlife in your area this week!