Every day we spend at the beach is good, but some are more special than others.
Yesterday, Maggie and I had a day just shy of magical, that began with a sighting of royal terns, her favorite shorebird. Although common here year round, their numbers are greatly increased during December and January as breeding colonies migrate southward:
Royal terns are rarely seen alone! Even newly hatched young ones band together in juvenile flocks. Luckily, mother birds recognize their offsprings’ individual “call” at feeding time. 🙂
Taking a cue from the terns, we decided to stroll the beach. It wasn’t long before we ran across this warning:
We obeyed……but tiptoed in for a closer look!
Eventually, we caught up to the terns who were practicing aerial dives. With bills pointing downward, they plunged into the surf and emerged with very surprised fish!
One of my fave beach pursuits is conch shell hunting…I almost never find any, but on near magical days they appear….like magic! 🙂
We both gasped at this perfect tiger-striped milk conch (strombos costatas)!! It’s illegal to remove shells containing gastropods, but this one was empty! Mine!! Happy with our find, we continued toward the pier:
I loved the light as we passed underneath….photo op!
We’d already walked a mile (and felt a bit sunburnt) so decided to head back. Thirty minutes later, I took the last picture of the day: should you ever need to find us, this is our typical spot! 🙂
Until next time…….
- Autumn Shells (funandfabulousness.wordpress.com)
- Shell Size and Age of Mollusk: Queen Conch (seashellsbymillhill.com)
- Sea-to-Table: Feasting on Conch in Turks and Caicos (turkscaicosluxuryvillas.com)