Monday, 8 July 2013

Accidental Birding in North Carolina

I have just finished a fantastic two week road trip with my wife and in-laws travelling through the SE states of the US. This was a strictly non-birding holiday but I managed to capture some of the locals in flight from various beaches and ferries while travelling the coast of North Carolina (all taken with 28-200 zoom).

White Ibis, Southport, North Carolina
Tricolored Heron, Southport, North Carolina

We took two ferries across Pimlico Sound to get to the Outer Banks. Hundreds of terns flew across the bow of the ferry allowing reasonably close views. The most common were Royal Terns

Royal Tern, Pimlico Sound near Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

including many with fish in their bills

Royal Tern, Pimloco Sound near Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

and, of course (for my BirdLife Photography friends), the gulls were spectacular :-)

Laughing Gull, Pimlico Sound near Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

and one not in flight but doing what Laughing Gulls do...

Laughing Gull, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

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