Friday, August 19, 2016

Whimbrel At Carlos Pointe: Part II

The Whimbrel that had been reported daily at Carlos Pointe for nearly a week prior to my visit was of course not guaranteed to be there.


The Roseate Spoonbill above (image 1) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

The Whimbrel was difficult to identify as it was found to be loafing with its bill hidden in its right wing while surrounded by Marbled Godwits and Willets. The Whimbrel was not very photogenic in the ensuing hours of my observations except on a few occasions when it was preening.


The Willet above (image 2) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Whimbrel above (image 3) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Whimbrel above (image 4) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Whimbrel above (image 5) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Marbled Godwit above (image 6) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Sanderling above (image 7) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Common Ground-Dove above (image 8) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Sanderling above (image 9) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

An advantage of staying in place for my observations was that several of the sandpipers on hand walked by me at nearly an arm's reach. Scanning the large area of beach toward Little Estero Lagoon did not offer much activity with the vast majority of late nesters on their way to their wintering grounds.


The Willet above (image 10) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Laughing Gull above (image 11) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Willet above (image 12) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Western Sandpiper above (image 13) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Marbled Godwit above (image 14) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Least Sandpiper above (image 15) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Sandwich Tern above (image 16) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Semipalmated Plover above (image 17) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

It was good to meet up with Ed Combs, Bird Patrol volunteer and wildlife writer for Ding Darling NWR. While I was waiting for the next burst of action in the pool, Ed pointed out the over-summering Black Scoter which was drifting toward the Gulf.


The Black-bellied Plover above (image 18) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Black Skimmer above (image 19) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Black Skimmer above (image 20) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Black Skimmer above (image 21) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Osprey with prey above (image 22) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Black Skimmer above (image 23) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Ruddy Turnstone above (image 24) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Least Sandpiper above (image 25) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

A flock of Western Sandpiper seemingly flew in from nowhere. And a moment later a larger flock of Sanderling and Ruddy Turnstone clearly came from further up the beach. It would very soon become apparent why as four powered paragliders came over the horizon.


The Sandwich Tern above (image 26) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Sandwich Tern above (image 27) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Marbled Godwit above (image 28) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Whimbrel above (image 29) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Osprey with prey above (image 30) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Western Sandpiper with Ruddy Turnstone and Semipalmated Plover above (image 31) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Royal Tern above (image 32) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Royal Tern above (image 33) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

Three of the paragliders flew their craft over the water, but one opted to fly over the birds on the beach. The result was that the birds considered the paraglider a threat, and all took flight in unison.


The Royal Tern above (image 34) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Willet above (image 35) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The powered paraglider above (image 36) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The powered paraglider above (image 37) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Willet above (image 38) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The powered paraglider above (image 39) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Marbled Godwit above (image 40) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Red Knot above (image 41) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

About a fifth of the birds that were present in the moment of their blast off returned to the pool after the paraglider passed. The Whimbrel was unfortunately not among them. The Whimbrel had been reported to eBird thereafter and was most recently reported on 17 AUG at the time of this writing.


The Snowy Egret above (image 42) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The juvenile Sandwich Tern above (image 43) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Great Blue Heron above (image 44) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Great Blue Heron with Willet, Marbled Godwit and Ruddy Turnstone above (image 44) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

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The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 45) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

Please also see Whimbrel At Carlos Pointe: Part I

Friday, August 12, 2016

Whimbrel At Carlos Pointe: Part I

Although there was a very welcome breeze at dawn on the morning of 11 August, I was not prepared to walk miles from Carlos Pointe at Big Carlos Pass along Little Estero Lagoon with the temperature already at 78 degrees.


The Marbled Godwit above (image 1) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

The primary purpose of my visit to the freshwater pool at Carlos Pointe was to investigate whether a Whimbrel reported for nearly a week was still present at the expansive venue. The Whimbrel arrival nearly coincided with a stalled weather system over the Gulf of Mexico that created overcast conditions and a lot of rain in Florida this past week.


The Marbled Godwit above (image 2) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Reddish Egret above (image 3) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Laughing Gull above (image 4) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Laughing Gull above (image 5) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Marbled Godwit above (image 6) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

My approach to the pool offered a view of what appeared a decent number of shorebirds. A Roseate Spoonbill stood out like a sore thumb. Ospreys were prolific and actively calling from their roosts at the top of the adjacent high-rise condo buildings.


The Black Skimmer above (image 7) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Ruddy Turnstone above (image 8) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Ruddy Turnstone above (image 9) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Ruddy Turnstone above (image 10) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Marbled Godwit above (image 11) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

Upon arrival at my observation point I attempted to take representative shots of the spoonie and Reddish Egret. The posture of the spoonbill didn't seem right to me, so I gave it no attention until it became mobile. The Reddish Egret was unusually placid as well, so its representative image will have to due with it in no mood to dance.


The Marbled Godwit above (image 12) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Snowy Egret above (image 13) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Black-bellied Plover above (image 14) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Western Sandpiper above (image 15) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Marbled Godwit above (image 16) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

There were a good number of very active Marbled Godwit on hand. A preferred view of Red Knots in transitional plumage was challenging with it requiring me to disturb the loafing Whimbrel to get decent shots of them. No dice.


The Semipalmated Plover above (image 17) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Least Sandpiper above (image 18) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The juvenile Least Tern above (image 19) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The juvenile Least Tern above (image 20) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Black-bellied Plover above (image 21) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

The lingering Whimbrel remained primarily in sleep mode among a few godwits and a Willet with periodic preening observed. The behavior of the birds was exhilarating to watch with a dominant Marbled Godwit and Ruddy Turnstone seemingly making names for themselves.


The Willet above (image 22) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Ruddy Turnstone above (image 23) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Marbled Godwit above (image 24) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Marbled Godwit with Red Knot above (image 25) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Laughing Gull above (image 26) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

An unfortunate event would unfold before I had the opportunity to satisfy my interest in learning more about the behavior of the Whimbrel.


The Short-billed Dowitcher above (image 27) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Short-billed Dowitcher above (image 28) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Short-billed Dowitcher above (image 29) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.


The Marbled Godwit above (image 30) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

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The Roseate Spoonbill above (image 31) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

Please also see Whimbrel At Carlos Pointe: Part II