Let's get to our trip! These photos were all taken on the 6th of November.
|"We're going to Quivira?!?"|
"Umm ... isn't it raining?!?"
It was indeed raining, but it was expected to be clearer down there (the refuge is quite a way from Ao4 Headquarters!), then stop altogether.
On the way down, we saw fields full of murmuring birds. If you'd like to see the vid Mom shot (through the rain, the windshield, and with the iPhone) please click here. It's not great, but it's the best we could do at the time.
As you could see, the rain was starting to break up. In fact, when we got down to Quivira ...
|The skies clearing over Quivira NWR!|
The first birdies we saw were American Avocets:
They usually leave in October, and when we went back last week, they were gone. Safe travels!
Mom was very excited to see this small bird:
The Loggerhead Shrike was a "lifer" for her -- one she saw for the first time! Can you see how his upper bill is shaped like a hawk's? They are known as "butcher birds" and impale their prey on long thorns. I guess I should move on, in keeping with the "serene" theme here ...
Also perched high up on a dead branch was this dove-sized falcon:
The blue wings, as opposed to rufous, are an indicator that it's a male.
While we're on birds of prey - we saw a handful of Bald Eagles! A group of four immature eagles was putting on quite the show for us! Take a look:
Aren't they magnificent?!?! The eagles are following the food source:
Mom is "ahem"-ing at me. Apparently discussing the food chain isn't suitable for Serene Scenery Sunday.
Moving right along ...
We watched this heron:
|Great Blue Heron|
He swooped in quickly, then hid in the reeds.
We saw Mom's very favorite duck:
|❤️❤️ THE Northern Shoveler!!! ❤️❤️|
"Hey, Camera Lady!"
... and her second favorite duck:
|❤️ The Ruddy Duck ❤️|
He doesn't get as many hearts or capital letters as the Shoveler. Apparently.
We saw several other types of ducks, to include this one:
|Female Canvasback Duck|
Despite the rain and clouds, it was a mighty wonderful trip!
|"Hey, Maggie! Do you want to play word games on the way home?!?"|
"So many birds! So many, many birds!"
To see our complete album on FlickR, please click here.
Thanks for coming with us!
*The views expressed by Siberian Huskies concerning blizzards do not necessarily represent those of their photographer/editor. Ahem.