Saturday, February 9, 2008

Winter Shore Birds

Southern California beaches become home to many migrant shore birds for the winter. As the cooler weather produces smaller crowds at the beach and birds fill the gap.

Morning provides the best shots of shore birds. The early morning sun shines from the east against the west facing ocean. The lighting at this time is at its best.

We begin with a Godwit hunting for his breakfast. These are medium-sized birds with beautiful variable brown feathers.

I next approached a flock of Godwits that finished their morning feeding and began to soak in the morning sun. Here we find one that is drying its feathers and retaining its body heat.

Godwits are plenty but they are far from the only shore birds calling Hermosa Beach home. There are more to come as I will publish more shore bird shots in the near future.

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