There were hardly any shorebirds the first couple of days we were at Captiva this year. We hoped that the hurricane hadn’t swept them all away. They were back on the morning of the third day. They are a lot of fun to watch – especially the ones that go down to the edge of the water and then run away when the next wave comes.
Did you know that there are at least fifty types of shorebird species in North America? According to the Classic Collection of North American Birds Ltd., shorebirds are among the most difficult birds to identify. These birds are found throughout North America and most of them can be seen along the water’s edge -in salt water and fresh water. Some species are quite similar to other species and their calls are the only true way to distinguish one from the other. The shorebirds we saw in Captiva included killdeers, plovers, sanderlings, and sandpipers. We also saw wading birds (great blue heron, egret) and seabirds (seagulls and pelicans).
Here are some of my favorite shots:
Mother nature has the best reality show! Tomorrow I’ll finish up with clouds over Captiva.