18 comments on “Godwit Gap Year – The Ones Who Stayed

  1. Wow! So many beautiful birds! Loved the videos, the Darter feeding her nestlings and the Avocet foraging, in particular. I note that your Darter is very much like our Anhinga. I wish they would nest at the salt marsh, but it seems that many of the neighborhood birds have selected to nest on the little ‘bird island’ in the bay – it is a completely undisturbed and safe environment for them – so I understand them 🙂 Loved to see all the nestlings and immature birds, including the Black Swan 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend, Ashley.

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    • Thanks Tiny, it is always a great delight watching the Darter nestlings, the way they move their snake-like necks, so fluidly, and how they push their heads deep into the gullet of their parent. Our birds are on an island but it is viewable, and a bit distant but with a good lens can get some average photos, though not great quality. I loved that their were so many new birds on the block from last summers brood. Have a wonderful weekend Tiny!

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  2. Lovely to see all your photos Ashley, and I really enjoyed your videos of the birds feeding. It’s so relaxing watching birds go about their daily business, I could watch them all day!

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    • Thanks Sue, I agree it is quite relaxing watching them feed. I love the way they use their unusual beaks so well to feed, they look so impractical, yet God has designed them to be most effective for the task.

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    • Thanks thelocals, it is amazing how these birds feed, and the snake like movements of their necks is quite unique. The poor parent has a busy role trying to satisfy these constantly active nestlings.

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  3. Beautiful birds! Our avocets and stilts hang out together as well. I love the delicate curved bill of the avocet. Nice captures of the Godwits. Enjoyable post as always!

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