My friend Lisa is visiting from Michigan and we planned a birding outing today - our original venue was Bunche Beach but because of the weather threatening to storm, we decided to stay close and bird Ding Darling.....but first....a small stop along Casa Y bel to check on the Swallow-tailed Kites.
|While listening to a Chuck-wills-widow we observed 12 Swallow-tailed Kites gliding in the sky and 5 landed in snags nearby - 1 pair mated while we were watching.|
|Then, a walk along the Indigo Trail at Ding Darling took us to the education boardwalk/platform and boy, did we get an education.|
|We watched 3 Green Heron flying/hopping back and forth - 2 of them in breeding plumage, check those bright legs!|
|A pair of Anhinga was mating in front of us.|
|A pair of Yellow-crowned Night Heron was nearby.|
|A young Yellow-crowned Night Heron was feeling quite comfortable in our presence - getting closer and closer.|
|Mrs Anhinga settling nicely in her nest.|
|"Are you my Mommy?" - At least that's what I thought when I saw its expression.|
|Ooops! - Well, at least we are on the scat boardwalk.|
|This YCNH was quite playful - he was fixated on this empty shell which he kept dropping on the ground only to pick it up again - over and over.|
|My friend Lisa.|
|In our viewfinder we could see an Osprey's nest - these particular photos are showing the male with a small fish in his talons, the female overseeing things and two chicks waiting for their meal.|
|Back to that pair of Yellow-crowned Night Heron - they seemed to be more active all of a sudden.|
|And sure enough, they got down to business in no time at all.|
We then drove to the Tower along the Wildlife Drive and had the opportunity for some nice conversation with the San-Cap Audubon group who were having their bird walk this morning. While we were there a Great Blue Heron landed - not a bad way to end the day.