Last week’s trip to the beach was notably “unbirdy,” but one of the sunniest days I’ve spent at the beach for months. Though disappointed by the lack of birds, my spirits were lifted by the sunshine, which has been sadly lacking around here lately.
Better than usual light, though, allowed me to focus more on capturing birds in flight, by far my favorite kind of bird shot. I’ve gotten far too many shots of Black-Bellied Plovers stolidly facing into the wind or scurrying along the beach gathering food, but very few shots of them in flight, as in this shot.
Although most of my shots of Pelicans are shots of them flying by, few of them are as bright and sharp as this one.
Heck, a pair of Kingfishers even got in the spirit of the moment and buzzed me as I walked the spit in Wesport.
Of course, I still couldn’t resist taking this picture of a seagull playing with a feather,
simply because it was there.