Bits and Pieces

Bonaparte’s Gull

Tuesday was an exciting day. It started off with the weather being dark and drizzling. Doug and I left to go birding around Plymouth County. Our first stop was Jenny Pond, where most of the birds were hunkered down and quiet. In the distance across the pond, there were some juvenile wood ducks feeding. Next, we traveled down to the harbor. The tide was out on a shallow moon tide. What was interesting was some great blue herons feeding in the shallows.

Great Blue Heron creating a splash as it when after food

At Nelson Beach, all the birds were far out because of the low tide. No images, but we identified a suitable number species. Onward, we stopped at Plymouth beach, just past the entrance there were a moderate number of gulls present. As I was observing these gulls, I noticed a smaller gull in the midst of the other species. Watching the gull with my binoculars, saw that its legs were pink along with a dark ear spot and two faint gray headbands. My identification was a Bonaparte’s Gull.

Bonaparte’s Gull

I wanted to spend more time photographing the Bonaparte’s gull except it was getting close to 8:30 AM and the beach supervisor came up to me and told me that in five minutes he would have to charge me admission to the beach. I didn’t want to spend $20 for only a short time observing and photographing the goals and shorebirds, so we packed up and left and returned to Jenny pond. Right on the side of the bridge was a young double-crested cormorant, who ignored us and allowed me to take numerous images. Typically if you get close to cormorants, they take off and leave.

Double-crested Cormorant

In the water, white water lilies were in bloom.

White Waterlily

Our next stop was Oliver Mill Park, Middleborough, where on the shore there was a spotted sandpaper foraging, bobbing its tail as it walked.

We ended the morning by birding Tamarack Park and the cranberry bogs near the Long Point Causeway. The significant findings were Canada geese and swallows. We searched the canals hoping to see possibly rails or bitterns but no luck. So that finished the morning.

After supper, the kids decided to travel out to Gooseberry for a sunset shoot. Like any evening shoot, it is always different from another one.

Sun setting looking west from Gooseberry illuminating the clouds
Sunset looking west from Gooseberry

Because of a vast number of different clouds that were present, I captured some images to add to my catalog to utilize in replacing a bland sky.

Clouds
Clouds

Also, remember if you’re out shooting a sunrise or a sunset always look behind you because they can be attractive colors in the sky also that makes for a different image.

Clouds illuminated by the sunset but looking toward the east from Gooseberry

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