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The Daily Bucket–Tern, Turn, Turn

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We skedaddled  out of Panama City heading kind of north on highway 2.  But the paved road turned to dirt after 150 miles.

By then we were as far south as you can go in the Northern Hemisphere.  We’d driven to the tip of Panama’s southernmost peninsula.

You could drive farther, but you would go through rivers every quarter-mile, and then into a National Preserve. 

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In one day you could see both the sunrise and the sunset from the same seat on the beach without turning around.  So we stayed at this magical place, 50 yards from the surf. At night we drank and danced with the staff. At dawn I walked the beaches with the gulls.  

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The gulls flocked in the shallow surf, probably looting the crabs.

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The dullest birds could eat handsomely here, if they can solve the hermit crabs, which occupy the sands. No bird starves here.

While I encountered new birds on the beach, the sky offered a larger show of shadowy birds; vultures, rails, gulls, pelicans and more, flocking by the dozens.

Big birds in single file paint the afternoon sky with a bold stroke.

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Brown Pelicans churn across the sky, perhaps following the fish.  Then I would see them dip down into the troughs between the ocean’s waves.
Pelicans live year-round in estuaries and coastal habitats. Their current conservation status is: Low Concern. Pesticide use, mainly DDT, almost drove pelicans extinct decades ago.

I began to like the terns’ classy shapes.  Their forked tails made nice designs in the sky. 

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The terns are quick in the air.

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Although they hang with the gulls in the surf, the terns often gather as a group. 

DISCLAIMERS

Some people at the Resort may say I pointed out the terns and called them oyster catchers.  That was  a draft opinion only.

  My lengthy verbal treatise at one dinnertime at the resort, also referred to pelicans as penguins.  That was a mis-statement and not a scientific error.  Look, cute parrots!!

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Two parrots clowning around, entertaining an injured surfer (not shown). 

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Gull close-up.

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What have you noted in your area or travels? Any stealthy critters in your yard? Please post your observations and general location in your comments. I’ll check back later.

/s/ Redwoodman

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