|"Yeah, this feels good."
... and let's go birding!
I'm going to jump right in with my favorite photo. Cam's, too.
Isn't he stunning? I know. It's not a bird - but Mom likes things other than birds, you know! But let's get to the birds. Here's a tiny one that Mom was able to get close to:
And here are some large ones she wasn't able to get close to:
|Sandhill Cranes (standing) and Greater White-Fronted Geese (swimming and flying)
She was thrilled anyway; she had never seen Sandhill Cranes before! That kind of goose, either!
These guys are Mom's favorite duck in the world:
|Northern Shovelers, male and female
Quite the snooters on those guys, huh?!!?
This guy was practically stalking Mom:
Mom couldn't make out the tiny duck swimming with the Coots until he did this:
Very cooperative of him, don't you think?!?
I like the nonchalant way this guy flies:
We also saw quite a few of these:
And happy ducks:
|Mallards (the male is smiling!)
And the biggest thrill of the day was seeing one of our rarest birds in North America - the Whooping Crane!
That was as close as we could get! Like I said last weekend, we took some roads to try to get north of them, on the other side, but we couldn't really get there. We did see one more thing that made Mom happy, though. Check him out:
Cam and I didn't get to meet him, but we would have loved to.
|"That's a wrap, folks!"
... I'm so relaxed now, I'm ready to fall asleep. Thanks for letting me share Mom's pix with you; we hope you enjoyed them. If you'd like to see more, please click here (it's a 2-page album).
PS from Mom: It was such a thrill to see the Whooping Cranes! In the 1940s, their numbers had dwindled down to about 20, but have now risen to about 600. They are still considered an endangered species. We saw 6 of them from about 1/4 of a mile. The photos are blurry, even with my 600mm lens, but just to see them ... WOW!