Prime Hook NWR, DE May 4, 2013
Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus Linnaeus 1758. Milford Neck (Big Stone Beach Rd 124), Kent Co., Delaware, USA. Photo by David L. Govoni ©2012
A few large gulls among the multitudes, pecking at the dead horseshoe crabs.
Didn't notice it at the time, only during review of photos. There was a pair of them.
Even the blackbirds were down in the action.
Probably multiple individuals shown--but all willets I believe.
Also on the dock pilings
Freeloaders (parasites?) on the underside of horseshoe crabs. The crabs were dead.
Probably the highlight of the trip, watching skimmers in the late afternoon, doing what skimmers do. We saw maybe 5-6 different groups of 1-8 birds each.
Old skate purse
Mating. One of the few attached pairs seen during daylight hours.
Last call for us. We ate dinner in town and then went out again (high tide was around 9:30). The full moon was beautiful--when it was visible amongst the clouds. There were many more copulating pairs being tossed around in the surf. But obviously a bit trickier to photograph well.