Friday, September 10, 2010

An evening spent with the birds

Was going to spend my off day birding the morning, but didn't feel up to it. I finally felt better by afternoon and had to get outside to clear my mind. I am glad I did, as I needed it.

Due to the time of day, I figured not many warblers would be moving. So I headed to the beach at East Fork State Park to look for any shorebirds or terns or whatever else could be around.

The first bird I saw was this far off Osprey flying out over the lake, stirring up the gulls.

Osprey

Scanning the gull flock, I only seen Ring-billeds at first. I then noticed a large tern flying around, a Caspian Tern. It decided to hesitantly land in front of me on the beach.

Caspian Tern

(Looks like it has a carrot for a bill when one looks at it head on!)

6 comments:

  1. Nice post - nature always makes me feel better as well. Great shots of the Caspian -

    dan

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  2. Haha I agree with the carrot description!

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  3. We get the occasional Caspian Tern over here in the UK. Not that i`ve been lucky enough to see one yet.
    Great photos Donald.

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  4. Watching nature,especially birds,always clears my mind & makes me glad again,great photos,he does look like he picked up a carrot,phylliso

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  5. Here in the North of Spain this bird is a rarety. Someone mentions for the Mediterraeo. Congratulation

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