Hello, everyone! It's me, Cammie. As we mentioned on our last Serene Scenery Sunday
post, last weekend, we all loaded up in the HR-V and headed down to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. The drive down is beautiful - and the refuge is incredibly scenic and
is home to so many birdies! We thought we'd share some of our highlights with you today!
We saw quite a few Snow Geese:
I mean ... maybe more than quite a few:
|Oodles of Snow Geese|
You get the idea.
Some of the shorebirds are returning to Kansas, like this little Killdeer:
|Killdeer, rocking the Head Tilt|
Pretty adorable. Mom should have given him a cookie. Or whatever Killdeer eat -- then she should have given Maggie and me a cookie. Right?
Mom saw other shorebirds and was trying to photograph them, but this guy kept flying in front of her:
Maybe he's their bodyguard or something? Anyway, once she took a few shots of him, he moved over and she got these guys:
|Killdeer in front, Baird's Sandpiper behind him|
She's sorry the Baird's Sandpiper isn't clearer. She was shooting in 45-50mph wind gusts, and it was hard for her to keep her bazooka -- I mean 150-600mm lens
-- steady. She was pleased she was able to focus on anything.
Moving right along ...
We saw lots of ducks - especially this variety:
And although Mom wasn't able to get closer than all the way across the Big Salt Marsh from them, she and Dad did get to see some Sandhill Cranes!
|Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese, and ducks (maybe Redheads; it's hard to tell)|
The Big Salt Marsh is huge - (check out a shot Mom took of it on a previous trip here
) - so that made things a bit challenging for her.
We moved on down south a bit to the Little Salt Marsh. They rebuilt the observation tower down there, so Mom braved the winds and climbed to the top. No bird sightings, but she did get a great view:
|Little Salt Marsh from the tower|
During the trip, we also saw a few Coots:
|"You there! Stay away from my woman! Stay away, I say!"|
We also saw some beautiful hawks like this one:
He was very cooperative - several people in one of Mom's bird groups photographed the very same hawk! He must like having his portrait taken.
I think that's a wrap for today - time to head home.
|"Maggie, your winter coat is so nice and thick ... mind if I use you for a pillow?"|
"Knock yourself out, Cam."
If you'd like to see more of our photos from this trip, please visit our FlickR album at this link