Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Our Adventure, Part III

Hello, it's me, Cammie!  Is everyone still with us?  I'll try to cut the chit-chat to a minimum, as I show you more photos from our incredible adventure to the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.  When we left off yesterday, we were about to head into the heart of the refuge ...

... and that's where we saw these guys!

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Snowy Egret and a White-Faced Ibis!

Or as Mom said at the time, "Some kind of Egret and what in the $%#@ is that?!?!"  She got a tad excited - it happened a lot that day.  Remember, most of the birdies we saw are migrating, so they aren't ones we see too often.  And many of those stick close to this salt-water refuge!

Here's another Egret:

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Great Egret

Maggie and I think SNOWY Egrets are greater than that guy.  I mean - SNOW!  Right?  No one asked us, though.

Speaking of great, here's a Great Blue Heron:

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Great Blue Heron

That's not the best shot of a Great Blue Mom's ever taken, but she wanted us to post it because he was duking it out with this guy:

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Mississippi Kite

It was exciting!

Here is the long and short of it:

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Least Sandpiper and Greater Yellowlegs

Ha roo woo roo.  Get it?  Long and short ... yeah, OK.  Moving right along ...

In one of the marshes, Mom saw the Loch Ness Monster  Cormorant:

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Nessie

Just kidding!  Don't leave!

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Double Crested Cormorant

Apparently, Cormorants can be touchy.

Ooh! Quick! Look up!

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American White Pelicans

More Pelicans! And here comes another Snowy Egret!

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UH-OH!

Well, when ya gotta go, ya gotta go. I hope he had a bag with him.

Here's either a young or a female Blackbird:

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Red-Winged Blackbird

And here's an adult male:

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Red-Winged Blackbird

Speaking of red ... we spotted this hawk quite a way off:

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Red-Tailed Hawk

Back on the water, Mom saw a bunch of these duckies:

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Blue-Winged Teals

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And Northern Shovelers

Just to remind you we're in Kansas:

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More sunflowers!

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Ahh.... Kansas!

One of the most exciting things Mom saw were scads - SCADS - of these guys:

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American Avocet

She had only previously seen maybe one or two at a time, and those sightings have been rarities!  We'll share more pix of them with you before this whole thing is over.  For now, we're by a good stopping point, so we'll leave it here for the day.  Right ... here.

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Let's stop here

Right by Rattlesnake Creek.

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"Wait!  Wait, come BACK!  Mike?!?  Cam!?  MAGS?!?!"

Please stay tuned for more birdies and more Kansas!

Cammie!

PS:  We did not really leave Mom by Rattlesnake Creek, in case anyone was worried.  Ha roo woo roo.

17 comments:

  1. OH MY STARS my mom is with your mom what in the #$%@ was that. It was iridescent too.
    MOL the Mississippi Kite needs to up date his GPS and OMCs was the bird pooping in the air? Jumpin' catfish that was funny we thought he had a string on his feets.
    Great photos ladies and thank goodness no person was left behind.
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  2. Did you mom mean 'what the halibut was that'? :) Does she really know all the names of all those birdies? Very impressive if she does! We giggled at the long and short of it! MOL!

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  3. Those are great pictures! Such a family adventure you're having.

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  4. I can't even believe your mum said $%#@!

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  5. Wow, your mom isn't going to sleep for days! BTW, we have lots of the white faced ibis around here, near the lake.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  6. Mom loves sunflowers - until she met Dad she was going to retire to Kansas, she always thought the state was SO pretty when she drove through to visit her daughter.

    We loved the photos and the sharing of your day.

    Woof!

    Abby Lab

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  7. Oh that was a very wise stopping point.
    Blessings
    Buddy

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  8. HOLY BURDIE POOPS! That was EggSighting!!!! BOL!!!!! oh man.... Anyhu, love love love all the burdies!!! Ma's fav was the Kite! though, the Pelicans and the Red Tailed Hawk were a close second! I am glads you gurls stopped befores headin' into that snake creek! Yikes!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  9. How interesting to see all those different birds!!!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey Hazel & Mabel

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  10. What INCREDIBLE birdie shots! Your mom must be beside herself with so many birdies to see and photograph! We can't wait for Part IV of your adventure!

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  11. All those bird pictures are beautiful. Some of those our pawrents have never seen. What a great place to hang out and see the migrating birds.

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  12. long and short of it.....hahaha those are some great pictures - and the different kinds of birds was amazing

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  13. We thinks those birds are so beautiful but ugh rattlesnake creek. stella rose

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  14. OMD...we thought your Mama was going to be stuck there for sure!!

    We love ALL these birdies...but Mamas favorite is the American Avocet...we are seeing a few of those making stops here too!!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  15. Love the pics! Okay - so Rattlesnake Creek? I'd be going around there super fast! EEK! I do so love the sunflowers!

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  16. Thanks for taking us along on your adventures, but we could take or leave Rattlesnake Creek! Yikes!

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