Dawn with the birds on St. George Island
OK, I hope you are not getting tired of dawn pictures yet. It's something I don't think I can help.
Last Thursday was the morning of the birds, though. Pre-dawn, I was trudging along west, and had a small cadre of sandpipers (I think) skittering along about 10 feet in front of me, as they do - running along right at the edge of the surf, stopping to peck at something then putting on a little burst of speed to stay well ahead of me.
Anyway, when their little white breast feathers started turning pink, from the light bouncing up off the sand and surf, I knew I had to turn around. This pre-sunrise at right is what was happening. It was such a brilliant orangey pink - for just about a minute.
There must have been some type of fish nursery action happening just beyond where the waves were breaking too - first I noticed all the royal terns diving and fishing - just dozens of them, all divebombing the water, moving along with me, in front of me, and behind me - they were so intent they didn't spook at all around me.
There were also two black skimmers who flew by dragging their lower beaks in that same part of the surf. The picture at right is from yesterday morning - much closer to the edge of the surf than the ones were on Thursday, but a better photo.
And then, 3 different ospreys were fishing, doing their high-flying pause, plummet, and flight back up, shuddering to shake off the water from their wings. One came up with a very good sized fish, too, right in front of me.
And no, of course none of the pictures I took of the ospreys came out - I am just not that good....
A breakfast feast for everyone that morning.