Beachline, Cape Romain NWR, SC

Earlier this week I posted a cluttered skyline of Myrtle Beach.  Today, a different kind of skyline and a different kind of clutter, if you like.

I’ve been trying to get good shots of birds in flight for a while now.  A newer camera and a longer, faster lens have both helped, even when shooting at a great distance.  From the deck of a boat.  In a fair breeze.

American oystercatchers in flight, just above water
Fly! Fly!
American oystercatchers and other shorebirds coming in for a beach landing
Bank! Bank!
Mixed flock of shorebirds coming in for a beach landing
Land! Land!

 

6 Comments

  1. Tom Watson

    Isabel
    Ever been to Witless Bay, Newfoundland? A bit south of St. John’s. From there you can look out on Bird Island. Thousands of sea birds coming and going. It’s quite a sight!
    Tom

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Tom – I haven’t been to Witless Bay, but I do have a photo of the road sign for Nameless Cove. Gotta love the Rock, even without the birds.

  2. Since your marginal note on human evolution sidled up to me while viewing lots of birds, let me mention again that my discoveries concerning the ear and cerebral integration, where the development of a tiny muscle in the right ear determines the level of rationality, may be the key to what separated humans from other creatures a rather long time ago. It’s a theory as solid as any of the other contenders I have encountered.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Laurna – That’s an interesting speculation. My favourite speculation is that the big brain (raw intelligence, not necessarily rationality – :-)) might have been driven by the hunting advantages of being able to throw projectiles from a greater distance. Apparently the computing power to resolve accurate trajectories goes up as the square of the distance, so more power/brain is a lot better.

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