Went back today to my special beach to find me a shorebird or two.
I searched for them yesterday, too, unsuccessfully.
Frigates, pelicans, frigates, willets, sandpipers, even a plain old seagull would have sufficed… but there were none to be seen.
I didn’t despair, though, and came back today and walked northward along the mostly empty beach. The water was warm, and there was a lot of seaweed today.
Eventually I spotted a majestic osprey hunting over the waters.
Osprey are the kings of this beach; they’re my favorite birds of prey.
The shutter speed setting on the Galaxy 8 camera I was using was too slow to catch it suddenly swooping down in what was probably a 200 or 300 foot drop to catch a fish in shallow water right along the shoreline.
Later, I also saw a pelican going back home to his nest.