Like many predators hunting for prey there are many more failures then successes. But when a brown pelican fails it gets back up into the air and gets ready for another dive. These pelicans were photographed in south Texas near Brownsville.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Snowy egrets look very similar to great egret except that they are smaller. Sometimes size is tough to gauge, especially from a distance, so there are other a couple other field markings that you can look for to help determine whether a bird is a snowy or great egret. First of all snowy egrets have bright yellow feet where great egrets have black feet. Unfortunately their feet are often not visible in the water. Snowy egrets also have lacy plumes on the back of their head and tail. Great egrets have no plumes on their head and long plumes on their tail. Finally snowy egrets have a black beak with yellow lores, the area around the beak and eyes. Great egrets have a yellow bill with yellow lores.
I apologize for my neglect of the blog over the past couple months. Between work, volunteering, building two websites and several other projects my time has been limited. Summer usually is a busy time also, but I will try and post more often again
Friday, April 22, 2016
That's right! Nine years ago, Earthday 2007, the Ecobirder blog began. So to celebrate I give you a 2015 Year in Review.
I photographed this barred owl at the Minnehaha Falls dog park early in the year.
While photographing the barred owl at the dog park I ran into a small flock of cedar waxwings.
In the fall I often travel to the southeast corner of Minnesota, near Brownsville, to photograph migrating tundra swans and bald eagles.
While photographing great horned owls early in spring bluebirds migated back into the area.
I got this white pelican taking off while I was photographing swans and eagles near Brownsville.
There is a lot of old growth near where the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers converge. This is perfect habitat for the pileated woodpecker.
During the summer I usually spend a good deal of time at Crex Meadows in Wisconsin. They usually have several pairs of nesting trumpeter swans which are fun to photograph when they have cygnets.
While photographing dragonflies at the Ridges Sanctuary in Door County Wisconsin I found this yellow lady slipper. This is the only lady slipper that I have found in the wild.
Our big trip of the year in 2015 was to Yellowstone in May. We photographed this big horn ram near the North Entrance
We like to go to Yellowstone in May because it gives us the opportunity to photograph a lot of babies. In 2015 we saw a lot of black bear cubs of the year, which had only recently come out of the den.
Spotted this coyote moving parallel to the road on our way north in the park one morning.
In years past we have had the opportunity to photograph red fox at their den with pups. This year we did not get to photograph a den but we did get to watch this spectacular beauty hunt.
Marmots are very common in Yellowstone and will often pose for you.
On our way home from Yellowstone we stopped at Bowdoin NWR and Medicine Lake NWR. These are great places to photograph prairie birds and waterfowl. Every now and again you find something a bit larger to photograph. Such as this pronghorn antelope.
I hope you enjoyed some of my best pics from 2015.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Another life bird that we photographed on our trip to Texas earlier this year is the northern jacana. The pictures are not the best. The bird was a good ways away on the other side of a pond. However south Texas is the only place in the US to see this species, and even there it is a rarity, so even though I could not get great pics I was excited. The typical range of the northern Jacana is from Mexico down to Panama.
Monday, March 28, 2016
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Thursday, January 14, 2016
On last years Yellowstone trip we stopped at both refuges. At Bowdoin I snapped these images of an American avocet. The red coloration that you can see on the head and neck is breeding plumage. When it is not the breeding season these areas would be white. These birds typically winter in coastal water of southern California, Mexico, Florida, the Caribbean, and along the Gulf of Mexico.