Whilst on Fort Myers beach I talked to a couple of birders
who were looking at the assembled waders. They recommended Bunche beach, halfway
towards Sanibel, as having a wider selection of waders and being less disturbed.
So that’s where we went on the morning of our third full day, making sure to
arrive early as we had also been told that parking was limited. In the dark the
insects began to bite – it was Sanibel all over again! This time we were a
little better prepared and so plastered ourselves with repellent, but
unfortunately the mere act of getting out of the car allowed the bugs a further
opportunity to riddle us with holes. Making our way to the beach we were
delighted to find a massive beach with zero people on it and tons of birds as
far as the eye could see. Perfect.
|Waiting for the light|
I hope you will forgive the photo-heavy post but there are some days where it just seems to work. The birds depicted are Grey Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher (which was an ABA tick for me - I saw it in the UK first!), Semipalmated Plover, Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Roseate Spoonbill and Little Blue Heron.
The next two hours were phenomenal. The tide was receding and
a wide variety of waders and egrets were feeding. Needless to say almost all
photography occurred at ground level using skimmer pods which proved fantastic in these conditions, and we got extremely
wet, sandy, and muddy. All worth it though, or at least I think so. By about 9am
the beach was a little more crowded but overall there was very little
disturbance barring one photographer dressed in bright orange who really did not
understand some basic rules of the road. We returned to the car filthy but
happy, and after a wash in the sea and a change of clothes, headed off for
another few thousand calories at Denny’s.
That is one ridiculously fantastic B&W Warbler shot!ReplyDelete
Great photos Jono. Bunche Beach is the only place I have seen American Avocet in US!ReplyDelete