|Maggie and me at the Kansas Wetlands Ed Center for a break|
Our canteen is there in the shade; we like to get a drink then people-watch during our breaks!
OK - on to the "lifers"! The first ones we saw were Black Terns!
|Black Tern in flight|
Unlike other terns, Black Terns don't dive into the water to catch fish - they feed off insects they gather as they fly. They migrate through Kansas in the Spring and Fall. Here is a bunch on land:
|Black Terns and a Wilson's Phalarope|
More about Phalaropes tomorrow!
Another "lifer" was the Glossy Ibis!
We usually see White-Faced Ibises here during the migration seasons, but seeing Glossy Ibises is a real treat! They look VERY much alike; there is a slight difference in the face and leg colors. The experts who run the center at Quivira NWR confirmed there were Glossies in the area!
The next "lifer" is not a birdie. In fact, we're surprised Mom took this picture at all, but she knew a few of our friends would want to see it. Divert your eyes if you need to -- it's a sneaky snake!
|A snake. |
Quite possibly a Bull Snake, but Mom would have to look through pictures of a bunch of snakes to be sure.
That's not going to happen.
For those who might be wondering, Mom took the shots of him (click here for a closeup) from the safety of the HR-V. And rolled the window up quickly afterwards. And asked Dad to floor it. You get the picture.
Now ... on to more pleasant things, like Mom's new favorite:
|THE Snowy Plover, ladies and gentlemen!|
They are only six inches long and blend in really well with their environment; it's easy to miss them! Here he is, stalking some bugs:
|"Slowly I turned ..."|
Mom thinks they are just adorable! Here he is, checking his reflection:
|"Am I really as cute as the Camera Lady says?!?"|
|"Oooh, I just might be!"|
Quivira NWR is just on the eastern edge of the breeding ground for these tiny guys, so we feel really blessed to have seen a few.
Thanks for reading - tomorrow, we'll wrap up this latest birding expedition!