Thursday, February 8, 2018

Am I Really a Leader?

Can you call yourself a leader if nobody shows up to the field trip? I have scheduled a few field trips for the DVOC over the past year. Most of the trips get rained out but last Saturday's weather was set to be sunny so I headed to Barnegat Lighthouse to meet the group at 8 AM. 8 AM came and went. Thank goodness Harvey showed up otherwise I would have been totally alone. Oh well. Their loss.

Harvey and I headed out on the jetty to see what we could find. There weren't many ducks but we saw Red-breasted Mergansers. I love the way the wind blows their feathers into a mess.

Red-breasted Merganser
 We were just about to give up on our prized Harlequin Ducks when another photographer told us that they were a little farther out. Jackpot. We found the flock up on the rocks of the jetty.

Harlequin Ducks
They swam past us while we snapped a billion photos.

Harlequin Duck

Harlequin Duck
We didn't find as many shorebirds as normal. Only this small group of Dunlin with a single Sanderling mixed in.

Dunlin and Sanderling
On our way back to the lighthouse, we spotted this Horned Grebe swimming away from us. It would dive under the water and resurface farther down the jetty.  I would run along to try to get ahead of it but that sucker can swim fast underwater. I managed to get this shot which shows that blood red eye.

Horned Grebe
The bird was on a mission to get somewhere fast. I couldn't keep up.

Harvey and I had a nice day. I wonder if anyone will show up to my next field trip? 

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