Pretty Bird! Pretty Bird!
First off thanks for all of your kind words and prayers of support for my brother Doug. He was in surgery for almost 9 hours but came though like a champ and is now resting in his hospital room. I look forward to birding with him again in the near future!
As I look through the new photo submissions I’m struck at the quality of the photos – a bunch of GreatBirdPics. Take a look:
Rebecca Bowater, our New Zealand Naturalist, sent in a BIF photo of a Kelp Gull. You know how I love BIF photos.
John Weisgerber spotted this Crested Caracara on a utility pole in Texas. These raptors are fairly common the farther south you go – we saw a number of them in Mexico recently.
Another new bird (for me) from New Zealand – a Blue Duck (or Blue Whio down there). I like the colors of the rocks in the water along with the bird floating above. Be sure to read about the Blue Whio in Rebecca’s description.
The Cardinal is a bird we see all the time here in the midwest – I recently counted 16 of them in my backyard at the same time. I was struck at the difference between the ones in my backyard and the one Bajadreamer posted below – just look at the size of that crest atop its head! A different subspecies of the Northern Cardinal than the ones around here. Beautifully captured!
Finally, a very interesting picture by Emil Baumbach of a Sandhill Crane rearing back and calling to other Sandhills passing overhead. An unusual pose for a fairly common bird around here this time of year. Sharp as a tack and you can almost hear the bird’s loud call if you look at the picture long enough.
Stay Safe. Go Birding. Take Pics. Share Here. Repeat.
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