All about the birds

An oyster catcher

An oyster catcher

It’s been raining and raining and raining and raining recently, and today was the first bright day in a while. We made the most of the weather by going out on the boat.

At this time of year, part of Richardson Bay is closed to all water traffic in order to provide undisturbed passage to the birds that migrate through here. The spectacle of avian antics is extraordinary in the winter. We might see 200 pelicans, 400 cormorants, or 1000 gulls on any given day.

Today was about variety.

A brown pelican on the move

A brown pelican on the move

An osprey taking off (Max has written about ospreys on http://mnatx.tk/1OEJQoI.

An osprey taking off (Max has written about ospreys here: http://mnatx.tk/1OEJQoI)

Coots spook easily, so they're always running away across the water when we approach

Coots spook easily, so they’re always running away across the water when we approach

A red shouldered hawk was sitting in a tree in our garden

A red shouldered hawk was sitting in a tree in our garden

Brown pelicans on the roof of a restaurant

Brown pelicans on the roof of a waterside restaurant

Snowy egrets wading along the shore

Snowy egrets wading along the shore

Gulls filled the skyline

Gulls filled the skyline

It wasn't ALL about the birds

It wasn’t ALL about the birds

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About Natalie Gotts

I've been a management consultant, a nutritional therapist, a Journey practitioner and a mother. I've sold ostriches in China and personal safety devices in Hong Kong. Whatever I've done, and wherever I've been, I've written about it.
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