Before we ventured into the wildlife area, we stopped at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. We saw a "lifer" for Mom there - a bird she had never seen before! Here he is, up on one of the lights:
Pretty awesome tail, don't you think?
Once we got into Cheyenne Bottoms, we saw a lot of these birds:
Apparently, it's OK for them to trudge through the mud, but not us. Go figure!
We also saw small sandpipers, like this one:
We saw lots of Avocets hanging out with those sandpipers:
|American Avocet, doing a Flamingo imitation
|American Avocet fly-by
Here's another fly-by:
He was taking a branch to help shore up their nesting area!
There were quite a few Pelicans at the Bottoms - here comes one now!
|American White Pelican
As far as the birds at Cheyenne Bottoms went, Mom gave her "Most Cooperative Bird Award" to this colorful guy:
He struck many a pose for her, and seemed to like his photo being taken! Contrast that to this guy:
|Great Blue Heron
The second Mom spotted him, he took off. Not nice, Mr. Heron!
We also saw this cool bird:
Isn't that a great bill?!!?
We'll eventually have an album up - Mom is still working on the photos from Quivira!
|"Are you ready to head to Quivira?"
"Hang on, Dad. She might be getting crackers out of the back of the vehicle."
"Yeah, Dad. CRACKERS!"
I mean, we could stand a little snack on the way over - right?
Stay tuned - more birdies in a day or two!