Cape May

14 Hours at the Point (Part 8) by Walter Kitundu

Laughing Gulls lounging on the beach in Cape May.

This Gull waits until the very last second to unveil its landing gear - its feet are still tucked warmly and aerodynamically into its feathers.

Thanks for following along. I saw so many wonderful things in such a short time that I'm planning a return visit to Cape May during the peak of migration next year. I'll stay a week next time instead of barely two days.

14 Hours at the Point (Part 5) by Walter Kitundu

There were plenty of Osprey at Cape May too. This one gave all the hawk watchers a great look as it circled back to hunt the pond in front of the platform.

Wigeons look on while the Osprey lines up to strike.

Osprey almost always disappear into the water before emerging with or without a fish. The impact is impressive.

With a heavy fish in tow, the wing loading is evident on this distant bird as its primaries cope with the weight.

Turned into the wind, the fish becomes more aerodynamic and the Osprey's flight becomes much easier.

14 Hours at the Point (Part 4) by Walter Kitundu

While shopping at the Cape May Bird Observatory store a thud at the window got our attention and the stunned bird was none other than a Black-throated Blue Warbler, a dismal way to get a life bird.

This one had a lot of green mixed in. Thankfully, held in hand in the warm sun, it quickly recovered and flew off. Most of the hundreds of birds flitting in the bushes were Yellow-rumped Warblers and I never did take the time to get a good photo of them.

Palm Warbler was also a new bird for me. This one was most cooperative as it bobbed its tail and looked for insects. It moved on when a hawk buzzed us both.

This Flicker was running from, guess what, a Cooper's Hawk. It can be rough neighborhood depending on your position in the food chain.

A surprise bird was a juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker flushed from the dunes near the beach. For your viewing pleasure... a poor quality but definitive documentation shot. I wouldn't have been able to ID it without the photo since it was yet another lifer.

Easier to identify but still hard to photograph, a Merlin above the platform eats a dragonfly on the wing.

The Merlin's big brother, a young Peregrine arrives and everyone takes notice... It had its eye on us too.