Sunday, January 1, 2017
Bar-tailed Godwit, Fred Howard Park - October 16 & 17, 2016
The bar-tailed godwit is probably the rarest bird I have seen. On average, only about one bird per year is reported in the eastern U.S. The image above is a screen shot from Ebird showing all instances in Florida ever reported, including historical records.
The first day, I got beautiful photos of him flying. However, then my camera decided to format itself, and I lost all the photos. I went back the second day to get more, and although there are none of him flying, there was some more nice light for the photos.
During the two days, I also saw a whimbrel (third place I have ever seen one), banded piping plover, caspian terns, oystercatchers, blue-winged teal, a shrike trying to catch a semipalmated plover to eat, lesser and greater yellowlegs, and fighting marbled godwits!