Sunday, October 09, 2016

Serene Scenery Sunday: Back To Quivira!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  As Maggie told you, last weekend, we took Mom and Dad back to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge to do some birding.  Now that Mom has finally processed her photos, we thought we'd share the ones we like best with you.

Here we are, on the way down:

IMG_5276CamMagsHR-V
"I think I'll catch some Zs."
"I need to help navigate."

OK, when we got there, there were tons of Pelicans all over the place! This is my favorite American White Pelican shot:

IMG_3522AmericanWhitePelicansCrash
"Hey!  Watch where you're--"
"Umph!"
"Use your signal, buddy!"

How do they do that without bashing into each other? Amazing!

This Great Blue Heron had a lot to say as he flew by:

IMG_3580GreatBlueHeron
"SQUONK!!!  SQUONK!!!"

Speaking of greats, here's a Great Egret:

IMG_3593GreatEgret

So majestic! So peaceful! Ah, but the refuge wasn't all serenity and peacefulness!

IMG_3725SnowyEgretGreatBlueHeron
"Get off of my lawn!  Rocks!  Whatever!"
"Yeah, yeah..."

Somebirdie needs to switch to decaf!  I'm not sure, but this might be the Snowy Egret version of giving that Great Blue Heron the finger:

IMG_3750SnowyEgret
"And STAY OFF!"

We'd best move along!  Here's a pack-o-Pelicans!

IMG_3758AmericanWhitePelicans
American White Pelicans and friends

If you look closely in the center of the pack toward the left, you can see another birdie!  Can you see him?  I'm pretty sure it's a Penguin.  Or at least a Great Blue Heron doing a Penguin impression.  Really!

Here's one of Mom's favorite photos from the day:

IMG_3954AmericanAvocetNC
American Avocet

And look at what else we saw:

IMG_3993MonarchButterfly
Monarch Butterfly!

They were all over the place!

Mom photographed this Coot enjoying a bit of tranquility:

IMG_4232AmericanCoot
American Coot

We saw this Snowy Egret wading through the marsh, just minding his own, when:

IMG_4298SnowyEgretWhiteFacedIbises
"Ho dee doh dee doh..."
IMG_4301SnowyEgretWhiteFacedIbises
"ACK!!!  What the #$@& are these things?!?!?"

He seemed surprised when he saw the Ibises! Here's a look at one of them:

IMG_4312WhiteFacedIbis
White Faced Ibis

And here's his friend, taking off:

IMG_4323WhiteFacedIbisTakeOff
"Later, dudes."

Here's a calmer look at a Snowy Egret:

IMG_4335SnowyEgret
Our favorite egret -- the SNOWY Egret!

Ahhhh.... snow!

Anyway, let me leave you with the Three Tenors:

IMG_4477GreaterYellowlegsTrio
Greater Yellowlegs

I hope you feel nice and serene now!

IMG_5306CamMagsHR-V
"Thanks for coming with us, everyone!  Snuggle on in here, Mags."
"Oh, I feel sooooooo serene, Cam.  I can barely keep my peepers open!"

Enjoy your Sunday!

Cammie!

PS:  If you'd like to see more of our photos from last weekend at Quivira, please click here.

13 comments:

  1. Birding is a very serene hobby...except when they need air traffic control
    Hugs madi your bfff

    ReplyDelete
  2. What a beautiful day filled with so much fun and beautimous birds!!
    We are feeling ever so serene now, thanks Gals!!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Arty, Jakey and Bilbo

    ReplyDelete
  3. Awwww. You look so cute snuggling, but after all the hard work guarding and navigating you totally deserve some rest. And those are beautiful pictures.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Of course we do!! We still are amazed with how beautiful your mom's photos are! They are so crisp, brilliant and in pawfect focus!!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

    ReplyDelete
  5. OMD!! Those are beautifur birds!
    Your Furend
    Louis Dog Armstrong

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a great place for birding. You are so lucky to be able to see all those different birds in one place.

    ReplyDelete
  7. wonderful photos!!!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

    ReplyDelete
  8. OMD, your Moms takes the bestestestest photos evers!!!! Ma was just oooooin' and aweeeeeeein' at all the beautiful burdies! Butts I liked the pics of you gurls the bestest thou!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

    ReplyDelete
  9. What beautiful birdies but we have to say that we love the last photo best♥

    ReplyDelete
  10. We feel so serene! Your momma's bird pictures are always SO impressive!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Those photos of the birds are amazing, we love them!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thank you for sharing all your birds with us!

    ReplyDelete