Thursday, 30 August 2012

Black Skimmer and Buff-breasted Sandpiper; what a great day's birding...

... that would have been!


Sorry about that, bad joke I know. But seeing those two birds on the daily fayre in the British Isles brought back some memories. Not that we have seen these two birds on the same day mind, but we did find and take the first photographs of both these species in Ubatuba.

One morning in October 2009 Elis and I were heading for town, we stopped to scan the beach for waders, no luck, but when we got back into the car we noticed, on the grassy area in front of the car there was a Buff-breasted Sandpiper. I was ecstatic, I love these birds, and then I noticed another, and then another. Three together, like London buses!
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 1: Ubatuba 4/10/2009 © Elis Simpson

Buff-breasted Sandpiper 2: Ubatuba 4/10/2009 © Elis Simpson


Buff-breasted Sandpiper 3: Ubatuba 4/10/2009 © Elis Simpson

On the 23rd of November 2009 I was with a client when Elis called me up on the mobile to tell me she had found a Black Skimmer on the beach. I had seen two fly by when with other clients in June 2008, and this was I think the first record of the species for the town. The client and I rushed to the spot where Elis was waiting and sure enough, there was a Black Skimmer bashing up and down the surf. Noticing that it was flying out into the bay occasionally and doing a circuit of a couple of boats, it slowly dawned on me that these boats could be seen from the apartment block. So we all rushed back and up to the roof, where a little patient scoping eventually turned up trumps and the Black Skimmer hit the apartment list. Desperate or what?
Black Skimmer: Ubatuba 23/11/2009 © Elis Simpson

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