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Thursday, September 26, 2013

A day at the beach

Just a few photo highlights from a walk on South Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts, on 25 September 2013.  In order of appearance:

 Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)



Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens)



Tiger beetle, possibly a Hairy-necked Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sp., possibly Cicindela hirticollis).  [I don't have access to a field guide at the moment!  I'll correct this if I learn otherwise.]



Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) with avian prey (and trailing a dried eelgrass blade).



Gray Seal (Halichoerus grypus)



Very large unidentified ray actively feeding in shallow water near shore.  This ray was at least 4-5 feet across!  That's one tip of a pectoral fin raised above the surface.  The white coloration below the water is the ventral surface exposed whenever the ray pivoted.



Horned Larks (Eremophila alpestris)



It was a beautiful day at the beach!

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