Date: 2/6/18 5:15 pm From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> Subject: [pen-bird] Re: Coyote Point Red Knot, Surfbirds, a Clark's Grebe
The "Western Flycatchers" at Coyote Point were of course Western Sandpipers! (No, not Pacific-slope Sandpipers either...) Thanks Jane Tatchell for catching the type.
On Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 3:23 PM, Tom Grey <tgrey...> wrote:
> Sunday (2/4/18) I went to Coyote Point in late morning (rising tide) in > search of shorebird photo-ops, inspired by Rob Furrow's report. > > Lots of birds in photo range, exemplified by my Red Knot & Shorebird > Potpourri pic. > http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166972176 > > This photo is a study in the myopia of the photographer. I noticed a > Willet and a Whimbrel facing each other, in profile to me and in the same > plane, so they would both be sharp in the image. Might be an OK picture. > Focus, click. > > Only later when I was processing the file at home did I notice that > by concentrating on these two familiar birds I had missed a rarer > one spilling off the left edge of the frame with its tail outside the > frame: a RED KNOT. Not only that, but a BLACK TURNSTONE, another rarity > here, was right above the Whimbrel, a blur in the photo. Further, above the > Willet was a blurred bird with bright yellow legs which I now believe was a > SURFBIRD. In the end, I did get good pictures of the Surfbirds I saw (at > least six), but only this partial one of a Knot and none of a Turnstone. Oh > the picture also shows *Western Flycatchers *and a Curlew and maybe a > Black-bellied Plover or two, all in all enough to justify calling it a > potpourri of shorebirds, particularly shorebirds of the rocky ocean > shore, two of which (Turnstone and Surfbird) I'd never seen away from the > coast before. > > Also seen and photographed on this productive outing, as mentioned, > Surfbirds, and also a CLARK'S GREBE and a BELTED KINGFISHER: > http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166972180 > http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166972181 > http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166972224 > http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166972170 > > And continue on in > http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/latest > to see pictures from this outing of Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwits, a > pair of Surf Scoters, and a Mew Gull. > > Great spot, thanks Rob! > > -- > Tom Grey > www.pbase.com/tgrey > tgreybirds.com >