Roosting Marbled Godwits
Another Black Turnstone. The light was good so I could not resist taking lots of pics of this species.
Wing stretching Surfbird
Marbled Godwit. They can sometimes look rather dull; but they come alive in flight.
Willet. I tried for ages to get some flight photos of this species, but this was the best I could manage. Not great, but at least it shows the wing pattern.
Otters. This pair had taken up residence on a lake in a public park in Petaluma. Unfortunately they rather spooked the gulls, so although I got some nice otter pictures, the gulls were not so cooperative.
Another Least Sandpiper
Turkey Vulture. For me, odd to see one sitting on a beach.
Snowy Plover. I seem to remember reading something recently (from work published in The Auk perhaps?) that this is best regarded as a separate species to our Kentish Plover. Of course this has been suspected for some time, but scientific confirmation will, I'm sure, lead to a more rigorous search for identification criteria.
Willet; my attempt at an artistic portrait.
Wow! You saw some incredible birds while in CA and got some wonderful pictures. Shore birds are one of my favorite birds to photograph. Love the first picture of your in particular as it is so different.
Thanks Kim for your kind comments on my pictures. Yes, shore birds are great; from the photographic perspective, especially because they can be easy to approach and often strike nice poses.
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