Don’t forget to look up
You can’t swing a dead mullet on the Island without hitting 10 people who will tell you “September is my favorite month on LBI”. I’d say that’d be true “sometimes”. We have had our share of dud Septembers recently. Last year in particular showed the September can be as harsh as March. But not this one. This one all but guarantees this cliche echoes for another decade.
Osprey soars, empty taloned, in the fine September skies
Skies turned gray, but the swell turned “awesome” late afternoon. Mileage varied across the Island dependent on your sandbar’s ability to deal with these monsters.
September Pelican are the finest Pelican, and we saw them surf in style all afternoon.
I believe the Pelican surf for fun, distinct from hunting behavior. If you watch closely, you can observe some Pelican riding as close to the growing lip of a wave as they possibly can, then gliding upwards on a stream of air just as the lip forms and crashes.
They will do this over and over when in surfing mode. They will also navigate the break while hunting, but they look more closely at the water and use more varied flight when they are feeding. Surfing mode is an entirely different behavior and I’m convinced they do it for fun.
Score. Forster’s Tern have been hanging around, and even landing on the beach.
Pelican fly the morning skies
The CheezItz are looking good, napping near their water bucket all afternoon. Notice the light coloration of the his closed eyelid. Creepy.