Saturday, December 27, 2008
Other Birds That Day
Gull ... young or winter plumage laughing gull?
Help me out there birdies.
I shared my skimmer pics a few days ago, but there were other birds out at Cedar Key that day too.
It was cold and windy last week and most of the birds were just enduring a cold wind off the ocean. Sadly, those conditions have changed to warm temps in the mid 80's ... blecchhh, we get enough heat in the long summer here.
I want some cold weather dammit ... okay, sorry for the micro rant over things completely out of my control.
These clam farmers are probably cursing the cold, because they are heading out to harvest clams off their lease. They will be wet,muddy, and cold for the next few hours.
The two pelicans are walking away from me, casting sly glances back to check on Bear's location even as they act nonchalant about him.
Flying takes precious energy and if they can just shuffle down to the end of the dock to avoid the droolinator, that would be just fine.
The scaup were out and about in small flocks. Mostly the sun was behind them so ... mostly my pics stunk. I did catch this guy with the light right.
I love to watch wild ducks ... Bear felt it too, he strained and trembled as he watched the scaup diving and dabbling.
This sanderling was working the shoreline, sucking energy out of the living sands. This one was all by itself. Usually I see sanderlings working the wave line as a group dashing up and down the beach as waves come in and out.
It was a good day and a good reminder that Bear needs more leash time and a refresher on some of the leash manners he learned (?) at Petsmart obedience school.
He runs free here at PFHQ so often that he's a little ... um ... exuberant on the leash. He doesn't seem to mind choking at all.
Chick magnet though ... everybody loves him.
I can't blame them.
Stay tuned for my new Christmas toy ...