Monday, November 14, 2016

Last Weekend

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Maggie and I had a great time with Mom and Dad yesterday - we went to both Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira to do some birding.  Mom hasn't even begun to process through her photos, but eventually we'll share some of them with you.  And it hit us -- we shared last weekend's trip down to Quivira with you, and the sandwich highlight (yes, we got some!), but we haven't shared the birdie-type photos from last weekend with you yet!  Would you like to take a look at some of the highlights?  Let's hit the road!

Mom really liked how this Kansas-y photo came out:

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Kansas-scape

No birds, but it gives you an idea what the grassy parts of Quivira are like! And do you know who likes to hang out in those grassy areas?  White-Tailed Deer!

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"Uh oh!"

Don't worry, Bambi!  Mom wouldn't dream of hurting you!

Moving on to birdie shots ... here are a couple of our favorites:

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American Avocet
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Greater Yellowlegs

Mom was stalking a Great Blue Heron when she spotted this next guy hiding out in the reeds. She waited him out, and eventually he came out into the open where Mom could get a few nice shots of him:

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White-Faced Ibis

We were looking for the migrating Whooping Cranes, of course! They are usually at Quivira until mid-to-late November. We didn't see any Whoopers, but we did see these:

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Sandhill Cranes!

Here is a female of Mom's favorite duck species:

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Female Northern Shoveler

Not as colorful as the males, but the same expression on her face!  They look like they're laughing inside, or are up to something!  What great ducks!

Mom was able to get closer to Dowitchers than she's ever gotten:

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Long-Billed Dowitchers

One final shot from last weekend. Mom was thrilled to get this one!

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Lesser Yellowlegs, Greater Yellowlegs, and Northern Shovelers!

Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs are the ultimate "me and mini-me" birds -- the only way to differentiate between them is their size.  The Lesser stands about 10.5 inches high and the Greater is 14 inches.  Mom loved seeing them together - and by her favorite duck, too!

If you would like to see more of last weekend's photos, please click here to see our album; it's a 3-pager.  😆

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"That's a wrap, right, Cam?"
"Absolutely, Mags!  I hope everyone liked seeing Mom's shots!"

The picture of us by the meadow has nothing to do with our trip, but we thought we should toss a photo of ourselves in!  Have a happy day, everyone!

Cammie!

19 comments:

  1. What a great adventure! We think your mom likes birdies as much as we do! :)

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  2. aLL THE PHOTOS ARE GORGEOUS AND OH MY ALL THE BIRDS AND YOUR MOM KNOWS THEM BY NAME. WOW
    WE AGREE THE FIRST IS LOVELY AND THE COLORS AMAZING.......HOWEVER WE ARE RATHER PARTIAL TO THE LAST ONE.
    HUGS MADI YOUR BFFF

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  3. You took some awfully cool pictures. It's like Nat Geo over here
    Lily & Edward

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  4. you mom gets some amazing pictures....that first one is spectacular

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  5. You mom takes great photos! I love birds, but unfortunately I don't know the names of many--I need to remedy that! We see a lot of deer in our yard at night. I tell them to stay close by our house so they'll be safe.

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  6. Mom did another great job of getting some awesome shots. And of course we need at least one shot of the girls:) A very nice one too!!!

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

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  7. I quite like the look of some of those birds...

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  8. Not only do you get to see those amazing birdies but you have a Mom that nose their names…cool!!!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  9. We always enjoy seeing pictures here. But hey, be careful of that deer - they are VISHUS!!

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  10. Those are some amazing shots! Quivira looks so peaceful. Bambi looked very curious! Did you two do birdwatching? I think my guys would have been birdrunning! BOL! Or...maybe that's why you two are smiling so???!! Thanks for sharing the visit. I do so love being an armchair traveler!

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  11. Wow those are gorgeous photos! I had a yellow bellied sapsucker who stayed around for a week last month. The cats loved watching him!

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  12. WE do love your mom's bird pictures - we never get to see birds like those!
    hugs
    MR bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  13. OMD that Kansasy Picture is Worthy of being made into an 87,000 Piece PUZZLE.

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  14. that first photo looks so much like summer in Australia

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  15. Wow..you gals sure did see lots of cool wildlife!! Mama just loooooves the American Avocet picture!!!
    We love the last picture of you two!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  16. You have found a treasure of a place to find wild life and especially birds. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  17. Your mom sure does capture the BEST birdie shots! We could look at her pictures all day long!

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  18. Grreat birdie pics, but my favorite pic is the last!

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