(above photo - San Simeon State Beach) (below photo - Harry & Norma at Santa Rosa Creek)
As we walked along the edge of the lagoon looking for the Ibis or anything with wings, we were amazed by a Great Blue Heron who was not in the least bit bothered by our presence.
(below photo - Snowy Plover)
Along the edge of the water, a mixed flock of Whimbrel, Willet, Godwit, Long-billed Curlew, and one lonely Black-bellied Plover. Missing from the beach were Gulls and Terns.
Located at the south end of the boardwalk is a small bridge over San Simeon Creek. Willow branches dip into the still water - a perfect habitat for Green Heron. It took us awhile to locate the Green Heron, as it was in the shade and bent over the water. While we watched it snag a fish with its stiletto like bill, a King Fisher was dashing back and forth across the peaceful creek.
Resting on the shore was a small flock of Elegant Tern. While we were looking at them, a Peregrine Falcon swooped down, causing them to take flight. The powerful Peregrine took after one of the Terns. Repeatedly, the Peregrine dove on the Tern, talons ready to grab on to its victim. Feathers flew, and by some miracle the Peregrine accepted defeat and flew off.
Thought for the day - One Good Tern Deserves Another
On the 8/24 blog, http://birdingthecentralcoast.blogspot.com/2015/08/morro-bay-return-of-sandpipers.html The question - "How many Dunlin do you see in the photo? Are the smaller birds Western or Least Sandpiper" The answer - 9 Dunlin and Western Sandpiper.