Sunset Beach is a beautiful place to spend some time with the wife and I knew there was a Reddish Egret on the east end so one weekend I suggested we take a stroll. I should have taken some scenery pics because it was gorgeous, but here are couple bird ones.
Immature Reddish Egret.
My buddy Sam called and gave me a heads up in early July about a Black-bellied Whistling-duck at UNCW campus so off I went.
BBWD! This was most certainly the most brazen BBWD I have seen. I checked the rear toe and it appeared to be unclipped which is a good indicator it is not an aviary bird.
I have also taken plenty drives down the Fort Fisher Spit over the past several weeks.
Its a good year for Gull-billed Terns.
I would have thought these were Royal Tern chicks but the adult Gull-billed were feeding them. Turns out (pardon the pun) juvenile Gull-billed Terns have orange bills.
Fast forward to this past weekend, I went out to the OBX to chase a Pacific Plover that decided to disappears for 4 days and then magically reappear the day after I left. However, I did get some decent birds as consolation.
There was a large group of terns on the beach at the Old Coast Guard Station at Pea Island and this pale tern in the middle of the frame stuck out like a sore thumb. Note it is the same size as the Common Tern on the right which is overall darker. Roseate Tern!
As I walked closer I could see the good field marks for this species including the thin bill and long white tail which projected past the wing tips.
What a beauty!
In looking for the Pacific Golden Plover I did run into some other shorebirds.
I didn't notice this bird at the time but once I started looking at my pics back home I noticed the peep on the left of this Pectoral had a very red looking neck which made me think stint. I submitted it for some feedback on rare bird sites but so far no one is confirming it either way. Oh well...
At the Salt Pond I finally got some year photos of a Least Bittern that flew by...
On Saturday I took a pelagic but it was pretty much the slowest and more boring pelagic I have ever taken. The few birds we saw did not cooperate and just flew by. Even the Black-capped Petrels were stand-offish.