Sunday, January 15, 2017

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Remember we told you we celebrated New Year's Day by going to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge?  We said we'd eventually share some of Mom's birdie pix with you and I figured since we're stuck inside today due to the ice storm, this was as good a time as any!

Ready to take a look?

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"You might want to get comfy!"

One of the most exciting things we saw was a Great Horned Owl!

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"Who?"

Yes, a Great Horned Owl!  They are nocturnal, so Mom was very surprised to see him in the middle of the morning!  In fact, if Dad hadn't spotted him from VERY far away, she never would have seen him.  Way to go, Dad!  Even though we hear them at night sometimes, Mom has never been able to photograph one in the wild, so she was super stoked about it and considered him a "lifer" (first time sighting).

The other "lifer" for that trip was this tiny birdie:

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White Crowned Sparrow

Maybe not as dramatic as the owl, but it's a mighty cute birdie!

Since we were in a marsh area, we saw some ducks and geese where there was open (non-frozen) water, and several flocks of geese flying overhead.  Here is part of a small flock:

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Greater White-Fronted Geese, with a Canada Goose tagging along for the ride

I wonder if anyone noticed him?

We saw LOTS of raptors, too!  Check out this guy:

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Red-Tailed Hawk on the move!

I'd hate to be a mousie on the receiving end of that flight!

Speaking of flights ... here is a shot of two Bald Eagles in flight:

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Immature and Adult Bald Eagles

They were playing "King of the Branch".  The younger one won that round, but the adult prevailed in the end.  Check him out - he looks like he's posing on top of a trophy!

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"I win!"

They put on quite a show!

Here's another look at an adult in flight:

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Aren't Eagles gorgeous?!?

The other raptor we saw in good numbers were Northern Harriers.  Mom usually sees females, which are darker in color.  She was excited to get some shots of a male that day:

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Northern Harrier male, also known as a Gray Ghost

Getting back to water birdies ... we only saw one Heron.  This guy was out fishing with some ducks:

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Great Blue Heron and Mallards

Here are some more ducks:

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Mallards and a Northern Pintail Duck

It was a great trip!  For more photos, to include a whole series of Bald Eagle shots, please visit our FlickR album at this link.  It's a two-page album (Mom couldn't help herself).

That's a wrap for now.  The ice storm is on us now, and will be, off and on, through tomorrow.

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"...and please keep everyone in the path of the storm safe..."

Stay safe, friends!  And keep it serene!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

14 comments:

  1. While there are a lot of pawsome bird picks (like the owl and eagle), Herons are my fav:) Thanks for sharing!

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  2. We love those photos and are always amazed to see what your mom can capture! Of course we know it is REALLY you girls who direct her!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  3. The birdie pictures are very pretty but the two pictures of you are just gorgeous, Maggie!

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  4. Those are great birdie pictures. The owl for sure is an amazing find. We have only seen them in flight a couple of times around our house but hear them often in the late winter.

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  5. Maggie the birds are amazing and your mom takes the bestest photos of them BUT OMCs
    that photo of you with your legs crossed and purrfect posture is the best photo.
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  6. Great crossed paws, Maggie. We didn't get much ice, and for that we are thankful. Beautiful birdie shots, we especially loved seeing the bald eagles!!!

    Stay safe.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

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  7. Looks like the birdie walk tuckered woo out too, Mags. Time to settle in fur a nice little nap? Paws crossed on our end too, that woo all stay safe.
    ~Jack a-roo

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  8. lovely photos but I love looking at YOU more DakotasDen

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  9. WOWZA! We loves all your birdie pics, but the bald eagle ones are extra pawesome!

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  10. Those are amazing birds. We hope your storm isn't as bad as it might be.

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  11. Excellent pictures! We are rather fond of Owls, as we have an Owl family that lives behind our kennel.
    Stay warm and safe,
    ♥♥
    Wyatt and Tegan

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  12. wow! wonderful pics!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  13. We love your pictures especially of the owl! So cool!

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  14. Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing them with us.

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