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!