Weather and tide shape the landscape of every walk I take along the beach. Birds, folks, critters and flotsam observed along the way add context and generate questions about the ever-changing scene.
Over the past year my understanding and appreciation of migratory and resident birds that spend part of their life-cycle here has steadily grown.
Though sometimes not in crisp focus due to movement and distance, these photos are a small gallery of some of the birds I’ve observed this past week at Long Beach.
I remain in absolute awe of nature on this lovely little planet Earth. Please do your part to protect and defend her!
“Velella velella – this hydroid polyp remains afloat on the suface of the Pacific Ocean for most of its life. It never touches or even comes close to the ocean bottom, and the only stage in its life when it is completely submerged under water is the larval stage. Thebegins its life in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, is brought by the wind to the shores, and is usually cast up on a beach where it dies and disentegrates. The Velella are most common on the high seas, in the warmer regions of the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. (Russell-Hunter 1979)(Ricketts, et al 1997)” Animal Diversity Web (ADW)