I just love days like today… The days when everything seems to go perfectly – subjects are plentiful, light is good, and you get so many photos that you forget the ones you miss. Even when the light wasn’t perfect, things still went well. It seemed to be a day for action too. It started out with some flying shots, like of this Black Skimmer. The skimmers sometimes grab a piece of the saltmarsh grass when they are skimming. They usually drop it immediately when they realize it isn’t a fish, but for some reason this one flew around with a piece for a while.
From the flying, it was on to bathing. The shorebirds were all having quite a bath in the exposed pools left behind by the tide. This Marbled Godwit enjoyed its bath tremendously. After the bath, it was time to shake off all that water.
Fish Haul Creek gets a few Ospreys, but they usually fly far overhead or fish relatively unpredictably in the saltmarsh or shallow ocean. As spring is coming, this Osprey was busy building a nest. Here it has gathered quite a bunch of the cordgrass to take back to its nest.
Many of the birds will rest when the tide reaches its lowest point. That’s what this Willet is doing here. However something really irked it – probably another Willet. But instead of getting up to yell, it decided to take the lazy approach and just remain in its resting position.
Lots of great photographic opportunities today, but the icing on the cake for me was the American Oystercatcher that was feeding on the oysters as the tide came back. There was a nice sequence of images when it flew as the water level got too high. If only every day could be like today!