Shore BirdsLaura Ann Miller
Noisy, playful, insistent, curious…
I’ve got an idea in mind for a new book. And in this little book is where a seagull lives. I needed to get to the beach and find my seagull. Thankfully this weekend was a perfect beach day kind of weekend. We packed all the usual, sunscreen, towels, body boards, and beach buckets.
My family picked out their spot on the sand and before I could even lay out my towel I spotted a group of my little shore bird friends, in between beach umbrellas and ocean waves. Shore birds and snow birds basking in the Florida winter sun.
Here are some of the images I captured
Shore bird study:
Not seagulls, but so incredibly cute! Seriously.
Happy little seagulls!
John James Audubon was a fan of this gull…
Or at least according to my interpretation of my Reader’s Digest Book of North American Birds– “John James Audubon himself called it ‘the great American gull.'”
These are the birds with the long beaks and bright orange coloring. The lower bill is longer than the upper bill and skims the surface of the water as they fly above it. They look as if they love nothing more than to fly just for the joy of it. Maybe it was the morning I was there to see these birds, but they did not seem content to sit still for long. They would take off, rise and fall in synchronized harmony out and up over the ocean– up, down, around, land, repeat.