Saturday, September 02, 2017

Last Saturday's Trip

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cam!  Mom has finally finished going through her 87 million photos from last weekend, so Mags and I thought we'd share some with you.  Are you ready to take a look?  It's photo-heavy, so I'll try not to be too chatty!

Here is a shot of us girls at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's Butterfly Garden:

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"Don't lose your head, Maggie!"
"Too late, Cam!"

They have a lot of beautiful flowers that attract all kinds of butterflies - especially Monarchs!

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KS Wetlands Ed Center's Butterfly Garden

They're even having a Butterfly Festival in a couple of weeks! I wonder if they have little rides for the butterflies to go on and stuff? Probably.

On to birding! We saw lots of different kinds of Sandpipers, like ...

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Pectoral Sandpipers
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Stilt Sandpiper
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Least Sandpipers

Am I the only one who feels bad that some are called "Least"?  And there's the "Lesser" versus "Great" thing, too.  For instance ...  we have the Yellowlegs:

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Lesser Yellowlegs
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Greater Yellowlegs

Who decides who is "great"?  Just seems sort of judgmental to me.

We saw this little guy down on one of the beaches:

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Killdeer

For some reason, Mom was glad Maggie and I were snoozing in the backseat when she spotted this guy:

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Ornate Box Turtle

For those who may be wondering, that is not a bird, it is a TURTLE!!!!!!! 

A TURTLE!!!!!!!  TUR-TLE!!!!!

OK, sorry.  I'm OK now.

We saw lots of these:

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White-Faced Ibis

And though this is the only duck species we saw, they were there by the score!

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Blue-Winged Teal

Almost every time we go down there, Mom sees a bird she's never seen before, and this trip was no different. Her "lifer" this time:

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Marbled Godwit!

Nice beak, don't you think? And check out the ones on these guys:

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Long-Billed Dowitchers in front,
photo-bombed by American Avocets

There were lots of egrets down there!

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Great Egrets
... or perhaps just some cattails!
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Great Blue Heron, Great Egrets, and two Blue-Winged Teals coming in for a landing
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Snowy Egrets

Mom was trying to get a shot of that guy on the left, when the other one walked right across her shot. The nerve of some birds!

One last species for you:

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Black-Necked Stilt,
doing his Flamingo impression


We saw lots of the adults, but this was the first youngster we've seen:

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Black-Necked Stilt puppy!

I love puppies!  Even when they're birdies!

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of Mom's photos.  If you'd like to see more from that trip, please click here to visit our FlickR album.  (It's three pages, and includes a video.)

Have a great weekend!

Cammie!

9 comments:

  1. CAM OMCs your mom takes the bestest birdie photos...we love each and everey one
    MOL MOL Maggie don't lose your head that was funny\
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  2. WOW!!! A TURTLE!!! For some reason, our Mama likes that puppy birdie, but OMD...TURTLE!!!
    xoxo,
    Jakey & Arty

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  3. We love all of the photos but the butterfly gardens are just gorgeous!

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  4. Your mom gets the best shots of birds!!! She knows them all, I feel like I'm getting tutored when she posts.
    Have a great Labor Day weekend.
    Noreen and Hunter

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  5. We love all your birdie pictures. That turtle was cute too.

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  6. Turtles are pretty cool.

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  7. I agree, you Moms is the BESTEST at these nature photos!!! You knows, she has gotta do a coffee table book! I bets it would sell enough to keeps you two in treaties and Kongs for LIFE! Ma's favorite is the Snowy Egret! She liked the photobomb....
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  8. We agree, it's awfully mean to call some birdies "lesser". It's not like they call you Greater Sibes or Lesser Sibes. Sheesh.

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  9. Those photos are so beautiful! Every picture is so impressive. We love all the birds, our mom is learning a bit while she looks!

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