Finally! Sunshine on the weekend! The day started with a heavy fog, but it burned off early and gave way to beautiful blue sky. I went to one of my favorite local birding spots. Brazos Bend State Park is a photographer's dream. I spent four hours taking 280 photographs while traveling 1.7 miles. I may need to do a separate post for every trail of this site.
There were dozens of Black-bellied Whistling-ducks in the trees.
I got my first good photographs of Least Sandpipers. These are very similar in size and appearance to the Semipalmated and Western Sandpipers, but those both have black legs, not yellow.
All that green stuff is duckweed. It's supposed to be very nutritious for the birds with more protein than even soybeans.
The Little Blue Heron didn't care that I was photographing him. Other places, birds fly away. Here, they sometimes fly closer.
My first Green Heron of the year stood practically motionless as I took dozens of photos from several angles.
Sadly, the birds don't seem to recognize the alligators as dangerous, either. I turned around to photograph some turtles, heard splashes, and turned around to see this one chomping. I believe he got a Coot. I enlarged the photo and think I can make out a foot and black feathers.
This is the time of year the alligators bellow and try to attract mates, both frightening and delighting the kids. It's a tough decision. Do I look for migrants, nesting birds, or bellowing alligators? Curses for whoever invented 40-hour work weeks!
Linking with: Wild Bird Wednesday.
Conditions: Fog early, then sunny
Temp: 65 - 80 F
Species Identified (19): White Ibis, Black-bellied Whistling-duck, Common Moorhen, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, American Coot, Red-shouldered Hawk, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Anhinga, Pied-billed Grebe, Least Sandpiper, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Blue-winged Teal, American Crow, Green Heron, Little Blue Heron, Northern Cardinal, Neotropic Cormorant