It was a fairly stormy week. On so many levels. Sun and the blue skies returned just in time for the weekend. It was soothing to sit on the sand and listen to the ocean waves rolling in.
When it’s sunny it’s hot. Lots of people were having fun in the water and on the water too. Birds were taking frequent baths.
This “new-guy-on-the-block” osprey had just been taking a cooling bath and sat under nature’s hair dryer next to the bay. He was shaking his wings and airing his feathers. And keeping an eye on me in between.
I also spotted papa osprey again! He had taken over the coveted curved “seat” on a dead palm tree. He had been swimming too, but was already almost dry. Still preening his feathers when I arrived. He discovered me soon enough and said his hello 🙂 Lovely as always.
In the nature reserve, the ducks were having a family reunion. On the water, of course. They were taking turns in soaking their heads in the water. Or maybe it was a diving competition?
One mallard was not playing. He had guard duty. The spoonbill was sleeping. Too much sun makes you sleepy.
I think it’ll soon be the time to put Bumble on guard duty too and call it a day.
Have a wonderful week ahead. ♥ Tiny
22 thoughts on “Summer on the Beach. Water Fun and Guard Duty.”
Thanks Cindy, means a lot!
Glad you were there and aware! I enjoyed getting a peek (great photography!) of Papa! 😉
Some days I’m lucky and find Papa…I hope he stays on the palm trunk for a while ’cause now I know where to look 🙂
A lovely day in the sun. I hope Bumble enjoyed being on guard duty. 😉
He did, but at some point I thought he was snoring 😉
Yes…he sometimes falls a sleep on late night guard duty…I’ve seen it happen to people too 🙂
Thank you! Have a nice day.
Gorgeous captures – trust Ms Spoonbill to be catching her beauty sleep when the paparazzi is walking by! 🙂
She often does 🙂 And when not sleeping she willingly poses for photos.
There’s nothing as awesome (and I mean it literally here; too bad that word is over used to the point that it’s lost its impact) as the sights, sounds and smells from the seashore in the stormy season.
That’s a lot of sibilants for one sentence 🙂
I agree, and I’m still reading the sibilants trying to get the right hissing effect 🙂
Ahh…breathing lighter just for having taken the virtual tour.
Nice! Water is always quite refreshing.
One of my favorite parts about the summer and hanging out at the beaches is the wild life that also comes out to enjoy the weather. I haven’t seen anything as cool as Osprey this summer but, surfer dudes and mans best friend have been prevalent in Ca.
We are lucky to have a small nature reserve with salt marsh right next to the beach at the north end of our barrier island, so we see a huge variety of birds – an osprey couple nests there too although the nesting season is over for this year. We don’t have big surf like you guys, other than when it’s quite stormy. That’s when I spot surfer dudes 🙂
You have captured such a close up picture of the ospreys they almost look like they have fur instead of just feathers. great job.
Thank you Laurie. The one on the lamp was soaking wet and it was funny how vigorously it tried to get dry. I had never see that before.
Wishing I could just jump right into these photos, Tiny. OH do I need to be at a beach!!!! Thank you for posting these! Love, Amy