I spent a couple of hours looking around the Agricultural Fields in Western Palm Beach County this morning and managed to pick up a new year bird as well as a pretty nice Barn Owl picture.
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I had seen Barn Owls this year about a month ago but only managed an ID shot as it flew away from me. That seems to be a common trait of this Owl species … all I ever see is their butts as they hurry away. Today I saw a half a dozen or so do just that and for whatever reason this guy turned around and flew right towards me looking directly at me the entire way!
The flooded fields on Gladeview Road which is off of State Road 880 were a little more active today than they were last Saturday. There were far more shorebirds with many more Dowitchers and Yellowlegs and a couple of species that were not there last week. There were many Stilt Sandpipers around and I was lucky and found 3 Semi-palmated Sandpipers in amongst the many Least Sandpipers. I had seen a Semi-palmated earlier in the year but didn’t get a definitive picture and I knew I would see them later during migration. Any time I get a new Year bird I’m happy!
There were many birds chasing each other today and I was lucky and caught this Lesser Yellowlegs as he was trying to avoid a chasing Black-necked Stilt. The Stilts are VERY defensive about their perceived territory’s and were chasing everyone away today.
On my last stop before heading back in I was checking out a flooded field on Sam Senter Road when I saw this Common Nighthawk. I literally drove 360 degrees around him and he never budged. It allowed me to get the sun right behind me and really shows off his unique patterning well.
Beautiful weather, some really nice birds and a new one for my Palm Beach County Photographic Big Year made my Saturday a great one. Thanks for stopping by!!!