Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Colonial Birds

In case you haven't driven through Gulf Islands National Seashore lately, be aware that the speed limit has been lowered to 20 mph in some places.  Birds like Least Terns and Black Skimmers which nest in colonies have arrived, as have the endangered Snowy Plovers.  Most people enjoy  trying to catch a glimpse of tiny birds once they realize the reason they have to slow down.  Unfortunately Snowy Plover and Least Tern chicks appear little more than a cotton ball atop toothpick size legs when they first start darting around....and right into the roadway.  It's amazing how quick they can move - which is one of the reasons I rarely have photos of them. My "panning" skills with my camera are not very good. 

Hopefully I'll have a bit more luck this year.

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