Sunday, July 13, 2014
A Birding Change of Pace
(the teens were being photographed by their mother). News of the whale's arrival had spread fast. In the process of decomposition, gases such as ammonia, methane, and sodium nitrate build up causing the whale to bloat and turn over; now its under side was exposed and the severity of the wound to the tail could be seen. More than likely the humpback had become entangled - a recent study showed that entanglement in fishing gear is the primary cause of Humpback Whale death. I have a one minute video that shows the whale in the process of decomposition. http://youtu.be/jhUdQV6waVI
While on the beach had the pleasure of seeing a few Snowy Plover, Oystercatcher, a large flock of Heermann's Gull, Willet, Whimbrel, and a Great Egret feeding in the surf. Oh, I must not forget the 50 or more Turkey Vultures circling over the area.
I have not been active at MdO for a couple of years and it is good to be back.