Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday's Birds..

Today started off quite well for a birdhead! A group of Cedar Waxwings visited our backyard fountain to get a drink of water. Fortunately the fountain was working, although much of the surface was frozen. They were very cute to watch!
Then off to the refuge. A Black-crowned Night Heron sitting in a tree greeted me, from there a White-faced Ibis, then a Great Egret in the distance, a Bonaparte Gull (wonder how it got that name?), a Snowy Egret, American Avocets, Northern Shoveler pretending to sleep, and a very goofy squirrel sitting out on a branch where any raptor could get him!
Nice to be out there...












Monday, April 16, 2018

Drooling...

There is something about water and sand and light that just makes me drool!  Good thing the camera is above my mouth!!!!





Friday, April 13, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Refuge followup..

Following up from Mondays Refuge - A long-billed Curlew and a pair of Canvasbacks..




Monday, April 9, 2018

Refuge Monday

Sunny but a cool breeze this morning - Long-billed curlews feeding in a field, Sandhill Cranes in fields and soaring overhead, Mama GBH sitting on nest and Harriers soaring quite high - interesting morning.
With the sound of frogs and cranes in my ears - wonderful!








Friday, April 6, 2018

The swallows are back!

Tuesday's trip to the refuge was uneventful except for seeing the swallows! They're back and just in time as the bugs are back also!
Beautiful birds, hard to see and follow..

Barn swallow on bottom and Tree Swallow on top..


If you park underneath them and open the car's skylight - you might see this..


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Spring flowers

My Minnesota friends are basking in snow - but here we are having spring-like weather. With a spring storm due tomorrow but a return to mid-50's later the flowers will just keep on blooming..



Friday, March 30, 2018

Refuge Friday

With a busy weekend coming up I took advantage of the sunshine this morning to see what the refuge had to offer.  Not a lot of activity, but high quality! :-)
Sandhill Cranes, Harriers, Red-tailed Hawks, Kestrels, Great Blue Herons, ducks!
I had a lone conversation with another photographer on top of Goose Egg Hill, and I mentioned that I hadn't see any Kestrels so far. Well, on the way out of the refuge, two Kestrels posed for me - one flew by and hovered so I really couldn't miss it and the other flew up into the tree right at the gate and posed in the sun! I love these coincidences!

Enjoy!

Northern Shoveler


Sandhill Cranes



A flock of seagulls -


Red-tailed hawk



Kestrel - on the down beat!



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Refuge Tuesday

A gorgeous sunshine day, cool this morning but on the way to warm! A trip to the refuge was a spontaneous reaction to a need to be out in the open.
While much of the roadway at the refuge is closed off to permit safe breeding, the areas open to vehicles had a few wonders in them - Killdeer, Sandhill Cranes, etc..
Here's some shots from the day...

The Yellow-headed Blackbird met us at the entrance - didn't see any more after that.


Some unfortunate became the dinner and left behind the feathers.


One Great Blue Heron flyby - the rest of them are further down the closed road.


Killdeer - very emphatic that I leave her space NOW!


Sandhill Cranes winging along..


A few Red-winged Blackbirds around.


I found three pairs of Sandhill Cranes - wary but not frightened.



Mama goose on the nest.


Quite a few ducks with many different colors.


Photography is fun!

I enjoy taking photographs - and I take them of many different things. Mostly Nature subjects with a few people thrown in when I see something. Here's some of the ones I came across in my recent reviews.