I was walking around Green Cay Wetlands yesterday and Linda mentioned that I still needed King Rail for the year so I decided to try Loxahatchee NWR this morning in hopes of solving that problem. The King Rail is becoming something of a nemisis bird for me. I have heard it at least a dozen times this year but have never managed to get a picture of one and unfortunately I didn’t even hear one today.
I was reading a blog yesterday by Galen Leeds about practicing photographing common birds to be ready for something that’s uncommon that pops up and had replied to him that birding is very similar in that you really need to practice with the common birds in your area so that when something different pops up you’ll instantly recognize its difference.
Today after failing to find the Rail I decided to ride the dike and take his advice. I was just watching the normal Waders, Ibis and Blackbirds do what they normally do. I had ridden about 8 miles when I turned around to head back and decided to get some cardio in so I picked up the pace. About half way back there were some White Ibis with a couple Glossy Ibis feeding right near the waters edge. I always take a good look at the Glossies just on the chance that a White-faced Ibis might pop up. Out of the very back corner of my eye I just caught a glimpse of something flying away that didn’t look right … it was Black and White and about the size of a Red-winged Blackbird. Wow, I’m glad I took that ride and was paying attention … I scored a new year bird in this beautiful male Bobolink!
So that was today’s excitment. I did manage a couple of shots yeaterday at Green Cay including this Wood Stork that flew up and landed 2 feet away from me.
I also found a couple more to share that were on the card I put in the camera this morning. Thank you so much for visiting and God Bless!
PS. All 182 species that I’ve photographed this year can be seen here on my Flickr site.