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Sunday Serenity: The Long Beach Gang

I took this photo a couple of years ago near the shoreline at the Pacific Ocean in Long Beach, California.  I tried to identify the bird type; I think it’s called a, “Long Billed Dowitcher”, or a “Willet”. Heaven knows what the ‘deposit’ is in the foreground! I think it’s a bunch of ‘interesting’ seaweed of some sort.

This photo struck me as funny and interesting at the same time.  As I approached this little feathered gang, they immediately began to ‘hightail’ it away from me.  Reasonable thing to do, I suppose, as I didn’t appear to be willing to share any snacks with the trio that I might have.  But it also intrigued me that they moved in a rather unison pattern. Same direction as each other, with a rather strutting approach to my infringement upon their beach space.

This might sound a bit silly, but I also remember thinking, gee, they are just doing their bird thing; not too much worry of where their next meal might come from, not worried about seeking shelter on a typical picture-perfect Southern California day.  With long, pointed beaks seemingly leading the way, I found their demeanor enviable. Gliding along at leisurely pace, and just ‘being’.

I think we could all use a little lesson from the Long-Billed Dowitcher, don’t you think?

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