Hard to believe that its the end of July, already! I had an opportunity for a quick run down to Pt. Mouillee this afternoon, so I grabbed the bike and headed to the Roberts Rd. parking lot. A family of Common Gallinule were foraging out from the sluiceway just out from the parking lot, so I spent a few minutes digiscoping them with the Sony RX100 III, Zeiss 85T*Fl and 40X W Eyepiece, and Digidapter™.
I then headed straight to Cell 3 where I found the usual assortment of Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpipers, American White Pelicans, American Avocet, and flocks of Caspian, Forster's and Common Terns. I did not relocate any of the Wilson's Phalaropes, Stilt Sandpipers, or Short-billled Dowitchers. Overall, shorebird numbers were down. No Baird's Sandpipers, and only a few Least Sandpipers on the mudflats. A couple of Semipalmated Plovers were seen far away in the scope.
I heard a pair of Black-bellied Plovers and walked the mudflats toward the SW corner to get a few pics of them as they flew off to the north. Otherwise, I spent a little bit of time next to the dike on the mudflat hoping to get some ground-level photos of shorebirds, but only a couple of Lesser Yellowlegs were accommodating. Semipalmated Sandpipers flew by in small flocks, but tended to stay farther away.
So I spent some time shooting fly-over Caspian Terns and Herring Gulls with the Nikon D300s, which I haven't used since getting the D7100 last year. It felt good to hear 8 fps w/ the camera again, but noticed that autofocus was less reliable than with the D7100. I missed an Osprey that flew right toward me but I could not focus on it and missed photos (grrrr).
1st cycle Herring Gull
I didn't stay long, and stopped just long enough to chat w/ John Lowry and his nephew before heading back to the car.