Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gandy beach on my way home

Skimmers stretching and preening. Getting ready for bed.

Laughing gulls taking a bath.

Sandwich tern flyby.

Little plovers all hunkered down. This was taken far away. They were hiding behind the barricaded area.

I'm not sure what this is. I think it's a least sandpiper. There were a few there bathing right before dark.

Skimmers flying over the beach.

One of my last chances to stop by Gandy beach on my way home from work. Next week it will be dark when I leave work. I got there just before the sun went down behind the trees. The birds immediately went to work getting ready for bed. They were all bathing, preening or stretching.  Many of the birds were behind the concrete barricades that block the end of the beach. There used to be signs that say "No driving past this point." but now there are signs saying "No Trespassing." It's just a tiny little spot before the beach turns into rock and seawall. Hopefully that will keep people out and the birds can rest.

I hate it when the time changes. I'm sure most people do. Why does the traffic get so bad in the dark? Now my quick 25 minute drive home from work will become at least 45 minutes. And I don't get to see anything going on in the bay. At least in the summer if I"m stuck in traffic on the bridge I can watch the pelicans and osprey fly by and look for dolphins. Now all I can do is stare at the car in front of me. Oh well, mid March will come soon enough.


  1. these are beautiful photos. some of the birds look very happy! good luck with the time change! it really screws up our system - but i believe the shift in spring is worse!

  2. I stopped by my favorite park yesterday on the way home from work...the local mallards were doing tai chi and yoga just like your skimmers!
    Nice, nice camera work!

  3. I love the skimmers, beautiful picture! Love the text as well.
    On the other hand, all seasons have their advantages, at least here in the Netherlands. Autumn and winter bring birds from the North and bare trees can also be beautiful!
    Best regards, Marion

  4. How did I miss this post, Dina? I love the first photo, and the second, and the least sandpiper having his bath.
    Dreadful about your commute getting longer. Lots of people don't drive as fast in the dark, I guess.
    Enjoyed this a lot, glad I spotted it beneath today's post.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  5. Hello, an incredibly exciting record. Keep it up.

    Here is my web site; ideas for internet business