So many birds at Circle B Bar Reserve – Skywatch Friday

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Right as I got on the trail this glossy ibis went flying over my head.

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Female anhinga. She was posing too nice not stop and take a picture. She was so close to the trail and I only had my fixed 300mm lens with me so this was all I could get of her. She was not skittish.

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I would like to think this is a savannah sparrow with that small yellow streak over her eye.  Let me know if this is wrong. All info says these are pretty common but I haven’t seen one before with the yellow on the face that I can remember.

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Pretty limpkin posing for me.

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This glossy ibis was too busy to be bothered by me. When the sun hits their feathers you can really see the color.

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Blue gray gnatcatcher high up in the trees.

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My attempt in getting a flying shot of a tree swallow. Those little buggers are fast. They were buzzing all around my head. I was torturing myself for a while before I gave up.

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I walked right past this pileated woodpecker at first. I heard his high pitch call and walked back a few trees. He was high up in the trees.

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There were baby great blue heron sightings that had been reported earlier in the week. I got to the nest first thing in the morning and waiting for a half hour for the mom to stand up.  I left the nest and walked the other trails and came back and stood another half hour. It was cloudy and cold so I think she was hunkered down for the morning. I snapped this just for the record.

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When I got home and zoomed in on the above photo, I realized the baby was peeking out of mom’s rear end. The baby is pretty big at this point. By the time I get back there he should be standing up pretty good.

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14 thoughts on “So many birds at Circle B Bar Reserve – Skywatch Friday

  1. Excellent set of images. The swallow and wood pecker are outstanding. I don’t know what lens you’re using, but it is certainly getting the job done.

  2. Awesome pictures, you are so lucky! Love that last shot, what a fabulous surprise for all that waiting and freezing on your part!

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog! I really love Limpkins, they are so photogenic and the sounds that they make are amazing. They are also really interesting in the science sense since they are not really related to the birds they most resemble.

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