November 22, 2013
Yesterday morning, Joe and I had ourselves a walk on the beach. Grayton Beach is about a 13 mile drive from LOL. The small beach village is adjacent to Grayton Beach State Park.
The village is in the center of a 20 mile long stretch of 15 coastal dune lakes.
No lakes today though...just the Emerald colored waters and the whitest, cleanest beaches we have ever seen.
It was an overcast day...even though the weather report called for partly cloudy skies, we never saw the sun peek.
It was just us and the birds today for miles and miles.
This little plover is one of the smallest shorebirds. They prefer to run...not fly away. It's always been one of my favorite birds to watch at the beach. I'm not sure about the orange on the legs...
Usually in a congregation of a dozen or fewer,
they feed at the waters edge...
and stay busy racing away from the surging water with their speedy, tiny legs.
But this day, the terns stole the show. Terns with orange bills, black bills and even a few with yellow-tipped black bills.
They are beautiful birds with their slender grey and white bodies, forked tails, and sharp beaks.
Joe and I couldn't help but laugh as the Royal Tern on the left was definitely trying to have a "conversation" with the one on the right.
It sure tried hard...I'm sure this is probably some sort of ritual...and when we left it was still talking! The other bird tried to walk away, turn around, and even attempted to ignore it.
And yes, these are the same two birds... we spent quite a few minutes watching and laughing! Of course Joe and I were putting words in "her" mouth.
Our idea of exercise at the beach...
I could not identify this bird. There was only one like it on the beach today.
Its been a great week here in Freeport. The weather has been perfect, but I think that's about to change. Rainy and cooler days are forecast for next week.
The weeks sure fly by! Cant believe its another week-end...
I have been practicing with my macro lens some this week as I walk in the campground. I am having a hard time with the focus. I sure want to be able to take some close-ups... really clear photos.
Well, until next time...take care and
enjoy your view!