Whimbrel At Carlos Pointe: Part I

Whimbrel At Carlos Pointe: Part I



Although there was a very welcome breeze at dawn on the morning of 11 August, I was not prepared to walk miles from Carlos Pointe at Big Carlos Pass along Little Estero Lagoon with the temperature already at 78 degrees.

The primary purpose of my visit to the freshwater pool at Carlos Pointe was to investigate whether a Whimbrel reported for nearly a week was still present at the expansive venue.

The Whimbrel arrival nearly coincided with a stalled weather system over the Gulf of Mexico that created overcast conditions and a lot of rain in Florida this past week.

Whimbrel At Carlos Pointe: Part I

The Marbled Godwit above (image 1) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7365

The Marbled Godwit above (image 2) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7366

The Reddish Egret above (image 3) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7367

The Laughing Gull above (image 4) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7368

The Laughing Gull above (image 5) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7369

The Marbled Godwit above (image 6) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

My approach to the pool offered a view of what appeared a decent number of shorebirds. A Roseate Spoonbill stood out like a sore thumb. Ospreys were prolific and actively calling from their roosts at the top of the adjacent high-rise condo buildings.

7370

The Black Skimmer above (image 7) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7371

The Ruddy Turnstone above (image 8) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7372

The Ruddy Turnstone above (image 9) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7373

The Ruddy Turnstone above (image 10) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7374

The Marbled Godwit above (image 11) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

Upon arrival at my observation point I attempted to take representative shots of the spoonie and Reddish Egret. The posture of the spoonbill didn’t seem right to me, so I gave it no attention until it became mobile. The Reddish Egret was unusually placid as well, so its representative image will have to due with it in no mood to dance.

7375

The Marbled Godwit above (image 12) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7376

The Snowy Egret above (image 13) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7377

The Black-bellied Plover above (image 14) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7378

The Western Sandpiper above (image 15) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7379

The Marbled Godwit above (image 16) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

There were a good number of very active Marbled Godwit on hand. A preferred view of Red Knots in transitional plumage was challenging with it requiring me to disturb the loafing Whimbrel to get decent shots of them. No dice.

7380

The Semipalmated Plover above (image 17) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7381

The Least Sandpiper above (image 18) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7382

The juvenile Least Tern above (image 19) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7383

The juvenile Least Tern above (image 20) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7384

The Black-bellied Plover above (image 21) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

The lingering Whimbrel remained primarily in sleep mode among a few godwits and a Willet with periodic preening observed. The behavior of the birds was exhilarating to watch with a dominant Marbled Godwit and Ruddy Turnstone seemingly making names for themselves.

7385

The Willet above (image 22) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7386

The Ruddy Turnstone above (image 23) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7387

The Marbled Godwit above (image 24) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7388

The Marbled Godwit with Red Knot above (image 25) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7389

The Laughing Gull above (image 26) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

An unfortunate event would unfold before I had the opportunity to satisfy my interest in learning more about the behavior of the Whimbrel.

7390

The Short-billed Dowitcher above (image 27) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7391

The Short-billed Dowitcher above (image 28) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7392

The Short-billed Dowitcher above (image 29) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

7393

The Marbled Godwit above (image 30) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

Please be sure to be reminded about this weekly Southwest Florida Wildlife Blog with the email gadget located at the top of the page.

7394

The Roseate Spoonbill above (image 31) was photographed at Carlos Pointe in August 2016.

 

Subscribe to our FREE Newsletter

 

 

Bob Pelkey

Bob Pelkey

This blog is updated every Friday (preferably) and randomly, primarily on the subject of wildlife observation in the state of Florida. This blog is in conjunction with my secondary photo site at http://www.pbase.com/jkrnm5/

close
Vanished - Megascops Choliba by Jose Garcia Allievi

Discover hidden wildlife with our FREE newsletters

Select list(s):

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Bob Pelkey

Bob Pelkey

This blog is updated every Friday (preferably) and randomly, primarily on the subject of wildlife observation in the state of Florida. This blog is in conjunction with my secondary photo site at http://www.pbase.com/jkrnm5/

Share this post with your friends




Facebook Comments

Leave a Reply

guest

1 Comment