These images were taken with the new camera, a Nikon CoolPix P510.
The Snowy Egret is among the most elegant of the herons. Its immaculate white plumage is accented with black legs and brilliant yellow feet. Snowy Egrets wade in shallow water to spear fish and other small aquatic animals. Sometimes they adopt a sit-and-wait technique to capture their food, but usually are very much animated, running back and forth through the water chasing their prey.
The Lesser Yellowlegs is a slender, long-legged shorebird that readily shows off the brightly colored legs that give it its name. It is an active feeder, often running through the shallow water to chase its prey.
Dowitchers are termed short-billed and long-billed and are most often seen during migration. I'm not sure if this one was short or long-billed.
The Willet one of the most conspicuous large shorebirds. In summer, Willets are mottled gray, brown, and black; in winter they are a more consistent plain gray. This large group was stationary the whole time we observed them.
Oystercatchers appeared in a large group and skimmed the water looking for a meal, preferably oysters. The American Oystercatcher is a flashy bird. Its size, striking plumage, and large red bill make it particularly recognizable, especially compared to the subtle, well-camouflaged plumages of most shorebirds.
We saw several more species during our visit — enough for another post.