Yesterday, as I walked the trail through the marshy dunes from the beach to our condominium (Long Beach, WA), I spotted birds I’d never seen before.
Fortunately, I had my Panasonic with telephoto so I was able to get good enough shots to determine they are Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus). “Sexual roles are reversed in phalaropes, with smaller duller-plumaged males incubating eggs and raising the young.” *
Today there is no sign of them, but a lone Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) called out from the meadow and was perched high enough above the dune grass to get a photo so I could identify it.
Here today, gone tomorrow — the evanescent essence of migration!
small flock bobs in marsh
swimming in circles pecking
at surface for grub
warbles atop meadow shrub
wide open solo
*Birds of the Puget Sound Region; Paulson, Morse, Aversa, Opperman.
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A great example of evanescence Lindy. We’re lucky to be on the path of the red knots, who rest here on their way from South America To Antartica. Typically they’re here and gone in a matter of a few days and we photographers work hard to catch them while they’re here. Evanescent migrations indeed.
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Thank you, Tina. So nice when the WPC fits right into your day!!!
The singing yellow throat is priceless. Overall I love to see shots of birds.
Thanks, Janice. As you can probably tell, I love birds!
I love birds too so enjoy your photos very much.