On the way down, it looked like this:
We couldn't see anything, so Maggie and I opted to do this:
We were called "very good girls" for doing so.
When the fog started to clear, we saw lots of farm fields like this one:
|A fresh crop of Snow Geese!|
We also saw a whole lot of hawks on the way down, and at the wildlife refuge.
|Red-Tailed Hawk on the hunt|
While Mom was at the edge of a pond, trying to photograph some ducks, this guy kept hopping in front of her camera:
Mom does love a cooperative birdie!
Out on the pond, she spotted a "lifer" for her (a bird she's never seen/photographed before) -
|Canvasback Ducks (the "lifer" -- with the thin, long bills) and Ring-Necked Ducks|
She was quite excited!
The most abundant bird was the Sandhill Cranes. The Quivira NWR people estimated their numbers to be around 7-8,000!
|A few of the Sandhill Cranes we saw!|
Mom is working on her video skills (and says she still has a long way to go!) but did manage to capture a bit of the activity:
We apologize for the Kansas wind noise.
At times, it was as though they were falling from the sky!
|It's raining Sandhill Cranes!!!|
The other "lifer" bird for Mom was Tundra Swans!
|Tundra Swans, a Sandhill Crane, and a couple Northern Pintail Ducks|
She was mighty excited!
Among Mom's favorite ducks are these tiny guys:
She wasn't able to get very close, but it's always fun to see them!
For more photos from our trip, we have a two-page album you can visit on FlickR at this link. We saw all kinds of stuff, to include an Armadillo!
Here's a shot of me waiting patiently at our rest stop on the way home:
|"Seriously? Would you just go? So we can go?"|
And here's Maggie:
|"What? I had to find the right spot!"|
Anyway ... it was a wonderful trip - so many birdies, beautiful scenery, interesting wildlife, and the best thing of all -- time together as a family!
Thanks for coming with us; we hope you enjoyed our photos!