Another visit to the Barnegat Bay Lighthouse on March 11, 2013 on yet another dreary day but what else is new? HAHAHA!
Even though it was another dreary day I stuck it out and got to see some very cool bird activity. The gulls were very active catching crabs and clams and the Mergansers were also very active diving for fish and squid. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pics of the Mergansers catching/eating anything because as soon as they catch something a gull would try to steal it so the Mergansers would eat it underwater or swallow it as soon as they surfaced with it. I did however get a few pics of the Mergansers diving. The gulls on the other hand, they take their catch to the banks of the shore and eat their catch where ever they want. I got some nice action pics of the gulls flying with their catch of the day though and it was very cool to see all the birds so active.
There were some Common Loons as well fishing near the Mergansers and I did get some pics of them in what is called their intermediate plumage. Intermediate plumage is the in between stage from winter plumage switching over into their breeding plumage but not quite there yet. They look a little rough as they go through that stage but they don’t mind as they go along with their daily routine fishing and preening. There was also a surprise visitor, a Peregrine Falcon stopped by and landed on top of the lighthouse. I only managed to get a couple pics of it before it landed and was blocked by the dome of the lighthouse.
The tide was extremely low this visit and even though it was quite low some whirlpools developed near where I was stading. The current was pretty strong that day and shows how unpredictable the water can be.
The usual suspects seen were: