Beach Trip

Biodiversity Beach Field Trip


There was a multitude of natural occurrences that I observed on our recent field trip to South Lido Beach. It was quite a windy day, and I consistently observed many objects and creatures in nature being affected by the weather. For Instance, at the particular beach we were visiting, there were many shells washed up on the shore. The high velocity of the winds combined with the shells that populated the beach forced the sand to form around it in various organic shapes. Yet, even though I knew the wind was causing this action, the organic shapes being formed looked like they were meant to be there, and were not caused by such harsh weather.

Another occurrence I noticed was that there were various birds that populated the beach. Some were completely submerged under water searching for a small piece of food, and some were perched high in the trees that were dispersed along the pathway we were walking. One bird we saw had a slightly pink coloring to it’s feathers. I do not exactly recall the name of the bird we were observing, but it’s color reminded me of flamingos, and how their diet of shrimp consequentially turns their feathers a pinkish color. It made me curious as to whether or not other animals had a physical effect as a consequence of their diet (besides weight gain or weight loss).

One last observation I made was that there were multiple sea urchin carcasses washed up on shore at the beach. What I found most interesting was the fact that most, if not all of the dead sea urchins were broken open and eaten. I would have never thought that the meat of sea urchins was used to feed birds and other main land creatures at the beach unless I had journeyed to South Lido Beach on our Biodiversity field trip.


One thought on “Beach Trip

  1. A very interesting observation. I too also would never have guessed that sea urchin would be part of the birds diet. Seeing the very active ecosystem is certainly you don’t observe being in the city. The comment of how the shells combined with the velocity of the wind, creating various organic shapes was a very intriguing observation. I too also found that the various shadow shapes and cool color scheme that is caused due to the natural unevenness of the sand, could serve as inspiration when creating my art pieces.

    On a side not the Roseate Spoonbill seems to be the pink flamingo looking bird you were wondering about, not sure if the coloring comes from their dietary consumption though.

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