She couldn’t make it to the lagoons last time, but she was there with me yesterday. It’s a good thing she was because, like usual, she gets the best shots. While I’m out scooting around here and there, blazing trails for birds, Debbie just kind of takes it easy and lets them come to her. This can be the best strategy when trying to photograph our feathered friends, like the Great Egret in the lagoon-defining shot (on the cover) she captured, and just take a look at this Green Heron that landed right next to her, WOW!
I headed on down to the “big” lagoon, the idea was to look for a Clapper Rail but having no luck with that I start walking. Now there’s a site I haven’t seen in these waters before…a small flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks. Well I’ll be darned, always a new surprise in the Lagoons at La Ribera.
While I’m standing there, in awe of these beautiful ducks, a Greater Yellowlegs makes it’s appearance. Guess where this sandpiper-like bird gets it’s name?
Just then, a flock of sandpipers join us. First, a Western Sandpiper. Dark, droopy bill, dark feet and 4 toes (not 3 like the Sanderling).
And with the Western is a Least Sandpiper. Greenish/yellowish legs, pointier and shorter bill than the Western and feet not very webbed like the Semipalmated Sandpiper which this bird can be confused with in this plumage.
Then I see a Semipalmated Plover. Everyone says these birds are so “cute”.
I feel like I’m being watched. Looking over my shoulder, there’s a Crested Caracara on the sand turning his head away to act like he’s not watching me. Busted in the act of sizing me up like I might be something good to eat. I saw you!
More birds are arriving in Baja Sur every day as they migrate here or through here on their way south. That means there is an opportunity to see something different almost every time we go birding. Off in a different direction tomorrow, I’ll show you what we get so…Happy Birding from Chris and Debbie. Like us on FaceBook if you would.