I went back to the estuary this morning, today opting for the other side of the river, where I could be partially obscured by the trees.
The tide was still rising when I arrived shortly before full flood, and I could see the ducks feeding along the edges or resting on the patches of higher ground in the estuary.
The Eurasian Wigeon was not far from where I had chosen to look out through the branches, once again feeding with the small flock of American Wigeons.
Before I could get too focused on getting pictures, I got a phone call for work. I ended up sitting there talking and listening for quite some time.
I was amused when the swans came to visit me – I think they must have heard me talking – and one of them even pushed into past a couple of branches to a pool before deciding I was not that interesting afterall (perhaps recognizing me from yesterday?).
By the time I was finished with the call, the tide had dropped a bit taking the wigeon further out, and I needed to go home for lunch.
Along the way back, I stopped to take pictures of a fungus or two, and happened to notice a slug on the same standing dead elderberry branch as the fungi. I think it was one of the native taildroppers (Prophysaon sp).
There’s a high wind warning tonight, and the wind is already howling pretty good as it nears bed time.