Off to the lagoons with my sweetheart we go. I’m thinking there must have been a lot of people out here over the weekend as there are few birds to be seen and tire tracks all over the beach. I do see a small flock of ducks fly in with a plop (some duck species glide on top of the water to a smooth landing and some just go PLOP!) I recognize these daphy’s as Lesser Scaups. I see a few Lessers here every year but there is one duck that stands out in the bunch. It’s a Greater Scaup! Actually flagged by eBird as a Rare bird here. I get so excited that if I had any hair, I’m sure it would be standing straight up! I’m very lucky to get a comparison shot for the two ducks. Click on this link for more info on Scaups.
I move on so as not to make the birds nervous. I saw what looked like a piece of trash on one of the islands earlier and now it’s gone. I take a look with my binoculars and “while I’ll be!”, just off to the right I can see a goose-like bird paddling through some water-weeds. I guess that was the “trash” I saw. This is another lucky day for me. Besides having darling Debbie making it out to bird with me I see another rare bird. Now, I saw a flock of these guys here a month or two ago but now there’s a single Brant and it flies away as soon as I see it. I get one or two quick shots.
Moving along through the muck that is the border of the lagoon, I see a white “thing” in a bush across the water. Binos up…how cool!! A Black-crowned night Heron. The bird looks like a little white piece of paper in the brush. Steady the camera on the mono-pod. Its got it’s eyes closed. Thats not good for a photo-op so I meow like a kitten. The sound works and it opens it’s eyes, I fire away. Not a bad photo for about one hundred yards away.
Back at home Debbie and I are going over a few shots she took. She always has the eye for composition in her photos. Here’s a female Lesser Scaup cruising the calms…
And the shot-of-the-day!!! A Great-blue Heron watching us watching him. WOW!!!
Okay, everybody have a great day from Chris and Debbie.