Strange Gull with bright orange-red legs and bill seen yesterday on our Sanibel-Captiva Christmas Bird Count, FL.
The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America. In summer this bird gets a black head and dark red bill and legs are dark with reddish undertone.
The most unusual gull for here we saw was this first winter Great Black-backed Gull, which is not frequently seen or, when seen, is in low numbers, on this Christmas Bird Count.
They were fighting over a bag of garbage.
Here's the first winter Lesser Black-backed Gull.
Amazingly we saw 52 Ospreys. This female was
sitting on her nest platform. Ospreys are beginning to breed here at this time of year.
Don and Steve Oresman, who we were with, scan the beach. We covered the north end of Captiva Island at South Seas Plantation.
In a pond, we saw a dark blob on the far side. Hard to make our until I took the photo with my Canon SX 50, long telephoto super zoom point-and-shoot camera. Then we could see it was a Green Heron hiding in the vegetation.
And a big treat was this Magnificent Frigatebird.
We had lots of fun and another highlight was the large number, 52 of Ospreys seen. Hope you had fun on your CBC.