But eventually it went down and after a little preening, the heron noticed something on the ground and started squawking. It eventually went down and something there squeaked a little along with the heron calls. Maybe a little bird but it did not come back to the post
Some of the royal terns are developing reddish bills compared to the normal orange color on the bird in the background. It appears that the color is not deep as the bill appears orange when looking though the bill at the sun glare off the water
The duck had to move periodically as the tide was starting to rise. The lowest tide I have seen there had virgin sand exposed and it was heavily used by black-bellied plovers as well as the small plovers. Picking was the preferred feeding method as only a few dowitchers were using the area.