This bird had no concern for me. As I stood still it ventured closer though it did assess me at one point and must have deemed me as of no threat. Being about twenty feet away when I decided to return to the truck I slowly backed up till I was at the pavement before turning. When I looked back I was happy to note the bird was still feeding.
Marbled Godwit flight. I spotted this bird lift off from the marsh in the distance and luckily it flew closer heading to the field. I quite like the soft blur of the landscape behind the Godwit.
White-faced Ibis foraging in flooded roadside ditches. An excitable moment to say the least as I've only seen these colorful birds from a far distance at Frank Lake a few years ago.
Amazing iridescence these birds possess. I'm now wondering how best to represent them in paint. May have to consider doing a large 3x4 foot canvas. Oh ya, another winter project coming up, but for now its camping and birding, time to gather reference and enjoy being in the field watching and soaking in the essence.
Red-winged Blackbird female?
I have never seen one with such bold markings before, hence the questioning.
Another special surprise, a Swift fox hunting in the pasture, behind to the left a duck pair can be seen.
We watched him or her catch and eat a few rodents before trotting off with one in its mouth. I figure it must have a den in the area.
Even though I have many bird books its sometimes its hard to figure out who's who. I am thinking Kingbird though the underside looked quite cinnamon rather than yellow.
Savanna Sparrow. Such a lovely wee bird.
Another who am I; this one was very difficult to spot, I saw the garbage and peered through my lens to see what it was and behold, saw the bird. Solitary Sandpiper identified by John, thank you.
Chipping Sparrow in the rain.
Clay-colored Sparrow all puffed against wind that blew cold on this drizzly monday morning.
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