|This is my serious face
Here's the entrance to the road through the refuge:
Mom got one of her more remarkable shots early in the drive:
|Left to right: Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, and another Great Egret!
She took multiple shots of those railings, but the Cattle Egrets were only in that shot. They must have thought high water was coming or something, because ...
She did get this Cattle Egret, posing by some cattails.
Am I the only one who thinks cattails look like corn dogs? Hmm...
Mom was focusing on a Snowy Egret who was fishing, then this guy photo-bombed them:
|Snowy Egret - photo-bombing another Snowy Egret
That guy went past, then another one came in for a landing:
|And another Snowy Egret photo-bomb!
Eventually, that Snowy by the water flew up onto this post and struck a nice pose for Mom:
Now THAT'S a cooperative birdie!
Mom took this shot up in an observation tower:
She was very excited! Green Herons are not overly common here and have been known to be fairly reclusive.
Speaking of herons ... this Great Blue zoomed right by Mom:
|Great Blue Heron
And Mom liked this Cormorant flying against the sunflowers:
|Double Crested Cormorant
A lot of the area looked like this:
Mom said she likes the way the light is hitting the corndogs. I mean cattails.
While Mom was shooting something else, these guys surprised her:
She got a couple shots of some Coots before they took off:
|American Coot, on the run!
We saw some Pelicans do a fly-by:
|American White Pelicans
And though we didn't see as many as we did at Quivira, we did see some Ibises:
When we got back around to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, this guy was hanging out right by the parking lot!
I hadn't realized they were fellow redheads! How cool!
That's a wrap for the trip. Dad said he knew how to get home, and Mom was still riding shotgun, so I took a little siesta as we headed back.
|"I still think it would have been fun to play Othello, Maggie!"
Thanks for coming with us!
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