Got to the nest yesterday, only about 2 hours later than planned, darned work ... , and found that the cloud cover had rolled in. But I took a walk anyway, never set up the tripod, but did get a few handheld with the 200-400. The nest is coming right along, which is a good thing, as the pair has been busy making, well, not omelletes :wink:, so they NEED to get the nest done. A week and a half ago, the piling was pretty much empty, here is how much nest is there now, notice that Mama is doing some "house cleaning and furniture rearranging". I had always wondered how the nest stays together, and now watching the building process, I can see how the birds pick up not only damp grasses, but plain old mud as well, which is used to plaster the sticks together. Notice the eyes in the second shot, the nictitating membrane has covered the eye for protection from flying debris. The background is just the mud flat, it was low tide. I did manage to find a patch of blue sky.