Birds Doing Things

Royal Tern

Members of my Audubon chapter are conducting a shorebird survey on ocean beaches and the Indian River Lagoon. I accompanied one group yesterday. We traveled by pontoon boat to several sandbars and islands in the lagoon. Eight-hundred photos later, I decided this post would feature birds doing interesting things, or at least looking interesting, rather than merely static shots.

To get started, here’s a photo of some of the birds on one sandbar.

Birds Indian River Lagoon

Laughing Gulls

Okay, these Laughing Gulls aren’t moving, but I thought they made a cute couple.

Ring Billed Gull

Ring-Billed Gull

Royal Terns

Royal Terns

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey with Pompano

Willet

Willet

Black Skimmers

Black Skimmers. Their lower beak extends beyond the upper part. They drag their beak through the water as they fly. When they contact a fish the upper part clamps shut.

Magnificent Frigatebird

Magnificent Frigatebird

In the next two photos, a Black Skimmer races a Royal Tern for a fish.

Black Skimmer and Royal Tern

Black Skimmer and Royal Tern

(The tern won.)

Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone

Wood Stork

Wood Stork circling Bird Island, the only stork rookery in the county. On the island, a contretemps was brewing among the residents:

Wood Storks

Wood Storks

Wood Storks

Wood Storks

Wood Storks

Wood Storks

Laughing Gull

Thanks for looking. (Laughing Gull)

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