Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday - Surfbird

It's been almost two weeks straight of gray, dreary and rainy weather here.  Good news for our drought...bad news for birding!  I've been fighting off a rotten cold on top of the weather (so much for my holiday vacation days!) so I'm reaching back to September when I had a particularly productive afternoon at Crystal Cove (one of my favorite local beaches).

Besides there being a plethora of birds out in force, I felt like this day marked a turning point in my photography skills as I came home with some photos I was quite pleased with from both lighting and composition perspectives.  Since I am my own worst and harshest critic - it's great when I can pass my own inspection LOL! 

In addition to the usual customers such as gulls and osprey, I met a new bird on this outing called a Surfbird.  You'll see how it got its name in some of the photos:




A short, two-tone bill and yellow legs are some of the field marks for this bird.




Although they are rarely found on the sand, this one posed on the beach for me for a while before heading onto the rocks.




Here he is hunting among the tide pools.





How to grip slippery rocks with your toes...




...and walk around without falling (unlike the clumsy humans)...




...while still keeping an eye out on the waves and the food supply.




The setting sun is doing a nice job bringing out all the colors in the rocks...




...and those yellow legs!




And why do they call it a Surfbird?




THAT's why!  And no...he didn't move out of the way LOL!


KJ

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9 comments:

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I really enjoy watching shorebirds and your surfbirds would provide hours of entertainment! Love these pictures.

eileeninmd said...

Pretty bird and wonderful series of photos. Happy Tuesday, enjoy the week ahead!

Margaret Adamson said...

great series of shots of this bird.

Stewart M said...

What a great bird! That beak does look very small for a bird of its size. I assume that they are great to watch in the rocks and waves.

Very good pictures.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wow! Great shots!

Mary Cromer said...

Glad that you could get out and enjoy some birding and these are all really lovely birds and beautiful image shares~

NatureFootstep said...

so beautiful images of the Surfbird. A bird I never even heard of before. Thanks for sharing the beautiful bird images.

Les Fous du Cap said...

Great series ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Marie C said...

Great bird! I really enjoyed seeing him on the sand, in the tidepools and then about to be pulverized by a wave! :-) beautiful clear shots. I enjoyed the post!