A Surprise on the Beach.

Leo called me from outside and said, “Hey, come look at this.” I went out and saw kite surfers in front of our house. I went back in and grabbed my camera and got a few shots of them.

Observing the beach daily.

Observing the beach daily.

 

Living on the beach is great, because you never know what you are going to find out there. Some of the things I usually enjoy are the birds flying around. In the morning about breakfast time and in the early evening just before dinner, flocks of birds seem to fly by like they are headed for some place in particular. During the day, the frigates just fly around for what seems like fun. They soar on the wind, rarely flapping their wings. Other times they are flying low to the water, looking for food. When they see it, they dive down to get it. Today, I took a walk on the beach looking for driftwood to make small sailboats for table decorations, and I saw several dead birds 1/2 eaten on the beach. Not sure what happened. We get a lot of litter washing up on the beach. Edwardo the caretaker of this little area called Los Ranchos Estates, keeps the beach in front of us clean periodically. I find lots of shells and sand dollars. Jill says this is sand dollar “season” and at some point it will be conch shell “season”. I am waiting to see the dolphins go by. Sy, Jill’s husband has seen them. They live just up the beach from us. He and a friend, saw the dolphins one day near the shore and went in, trying to swim with them. A crowd developed and he wasn’t sure if they were looking at the dolphins or looking at the crazy gringos in the water with the dolphins. Then it occurred to him, should we be doing this? Is this safe? I know they have places where you can swim with them, but I have also read where people have gone in with them by themselves and got bitten. I’m a chicken, I just want to see them from afar.

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I love watching the sunsets. I just never tire of it. Several people go by each day, walking or jogging. Vehicles go by usually fishing trucks or motorcycles. Dogs go by or stop by to play with the two dogs next door. There is usually a whole lot of barking going on. Little fishing boats are always going back and forth in front of the house in pursuit of the big ones.

 

Sunsets are breathtaking.

Sunsets are breathtaking.

Dogs on the beach

Dogs on the beach. Tire tracks from vehicles.

A little while ago, Leo called me again and said get your camera. I came out and he said he thought the bird on the beach was a blue-footed boobie. Sure enough it was. I ran down the beach and the bird just walked along, so I was able to take pictures and video. These birds do not usually come here, since they live in the Galapagos Islands. For some reason this year they have been in our area. I saw a post from Nan Levine in San Clemente which is north of us, saying she saw one and she had a picture. Now we were able to see one. I was so excited.

Blue footed boobie

Blue footed boobie

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6 Comments
  1. I have never heard of those birds, but they sure do have blue feet ! Living so close to the beach must be as good as living on the boat 🙂 and seeing lots of interesting sights.

    • Phyllis, it is as good as the boat. I had never heard of those birds either before doing research on Ecuador before the move. I couldn’t believe I actually saw one. I showed my neighbor the picture and she said she had been in my yard a few days before that trying to take a picture of one. I didn’t even know it was in the front yard.(In my defense, I do do other things besides stare at the ocean and beach-Leo insists on eating, and I do need clean clothes once in a while.)

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