|A Laughing Gull in its winter plumage; Cancun, Mx; 12/19/10.|
In today's blog, I'll show photographs of three new shorebirds to add to my life list. The first oppurtunity came quickly, as there were several Laughing Gulls foraging in the sand and seaweed for small marine life and insects on the beach. They were not shy, so I could get quite close to take a photo. They are very oppurtunistic feeders and will feed on whatever is available including handouts from humans and disgards from fishermen. Laughing Gulls are very common along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, and from March - Sept, while in breeding season, their heads will be completely black and their bills will turn red ( http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Laughing_Gull/lifehistory ). But being in December and not in breeding season, their beaks will turn black and they will lose the black feathers on their head, and just sport some grayish smudges along the backs of their heads and near their eyes (Above).
|An American Golden Plover on a Cancun beach; 12/19/10.|
|A Sandwich Tern flying over the caribbean waters near Cancun, Mx; 12/19/10.|
|A Sandwich Tern getting ready to dive bomb the waters for its next meal, Cancun, Mx; 12/19/10.|
|Iguana of the day, Isla Mujeres, Mx; 12/20/10|