Blurry ducks (two lifer sightings) and a sunset – Skywatch Friday

My first common loon. I’ve been seeing these guys floating out in the bay from very far away but I wasn’t sure if they were really loons. They just looked like little black blobs floating. As I was driving on the access road along the causeway, looking for the long tailed duck, I saw this guy floating close to the causeway. It was the first time I had seen one that close. Of course, I took this picture right into the sun but I was excited to see a new bird.

Early on Saturday morning, right after I saw the loon, I came across this group of cormorants floating together out in the bay. At first glance, I thought it was a big log or something floating along. Then when I held my camera up and zoomed in I realized it was a flock of birds. They seemed to be in a hurry swimming across the bay.

Still looking for the long tailed duck, I see this duck swimming alone in the waves. I can’t tell what it is all curled up like that.

She looks up! It’s a female lesser scaup. She was all alone.

Finally, after work I find the long tailed duck. I started seeing posts on the Florida Bird Brains forum about this rare duck around 2/21. It took me a couple of days to get out there and two trips to find it. It was very far out when I first got there and could barely see it. I looked it up before I headed out so I would know what to look for. At first I thought I would not be able to even get a remote picture of it but then it took off and started flying towards the causeway. He headed west of me so the above it still very far away and heavily cropped. It was a lifer for me and I may not ever see one of these again so I kept this one. I’m going to try to look for it again though.

It started to get dark so after seeing the long tailed duck I head home. The above view was in my rear view mirror so I pulled off on the access road and snapped a few shots of the sun going down. This will be my view home from work until the time changes.

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10 thoughts on “Blurry ducks (two lifer sightings) and a sunset – Skywatch Friday

  1. Your loon and cormorant pics are making me so anxious for summer. These guys summer up in Minnesota and I’m always sad to see them go in the fall. Thanks for sharing the last one too!

  2. Congratulations on your once in a lifetime long-tailed duck (now that we’ve said that, you’ll probably see lots more).
    I love the scaup sleeping in the waves. I guess it’s rockabye-baby for sea birds until a photographer wakes them up, LOL.
    And loons…I’ve always loved the lonely call of the loon. There are lots of them in British Columbia where I was born and spent most of my life.
    Gorgeous sunset. Glad you stopped.
    K

  3. Love the photo’s, Still trying to see the Long tailed myself. I did however find a lifer for me last week I spotted an Eastern Bluebird in Oldsmar…Love the blog thanks for sharing.

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