Saturday, October 02, 2010

Cape May - Saturday afternoon, birding by boat

The boat trip covered four and half hours in the end and there was so much to watch that rather than a chronological sequence, this one is alphabetical. First up then 'a row of Double-Crested Cormorants':



The star bird of the trip, an American Avocet:




American Oystercatcher:




Black-bellied Plover (know as Grey Plover in the UK):


Black-crowned Night Heron (this one photographed in the evening light):


Boat-tailed Grackle (new species number two):




A bridge over some of the backwaters:


You can just make out a fast approaching boat. These idiots sped past with abandon. Our boat got inundated twice, a house boat we passed fared much worse. Thoughtless idiots.

As the afternoon went on some cloud gathered, a precursor of the weather to come for the rest of the weekend:



Caspian Tern:



Clapper Rails, the second new species of the trip:



A Great Blue Heron:


A Greater Black-backed Gull feeding on an expired horseshoe crab:



An adult Little Blue Heron:



A pair of Peregrine Falcons, as you can see one (the female) is notably bigger than the male:



Royal Tern:


Tri-coloured Heron:


And the third new species of the trip a (juvenile) Yellow-crowned Night Heron:






As noted previously, we thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would recommend it to birders of all levels of expertise. Once docked we headed back to the motel for pizza and wine!

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