All I ask is that you bear with me as I take you through my favorites from my Monday’s visit to the wildlife refuge in Oklahoma.
As I was editing my photos, it was fun to go back and re-live the moments I spent there.
It really was a special day.
Up close and personal with the otter. He tried being all big and bad by hissing at me, but it really didn’t scare me that much.
Just made me chuckle and baby talk him all the more.
Please, if I get the names wrong on some of these birds, let me know.
I’m still not 100% sure on some of these fine feathered creatures.
So speak up if I’ve screwed up.
Juvenile bald eagle.
Great Blue Heron.
I do know this is a heron, even though the stretched out neck through me for a loop.
To me he looked like a Sandhill Crane, which have been seen in the area, although they were rare sightings.
I finally broke down and sent this pic to a couple of good birding guys I know, and they both agreed that this is indeed a Great Blue.
When herons get startled and scared, they fly with their necks stretched way out like this.
This is the way I’m accustomed to seeing herons fly.
They sure do have a heck of a long neck.
Kinda like a giraffe’s.
A couple of Northern Shovelers relaxing.
The same two Northern Shovelers just moments before I took the first one.
This just made me laugh.
I hope to return to this spot and find a beaver next time I go.
Wouldn’t that be fun to see?
I almost like beavers as much as I like otters.
American Coot, framed by two trees.
He was fascinating to watch hunt over the fields and marshes, swooping then diving into the ground, then rising up and hovering.
Just a beautiful bird.
Thank you for letting me take you through my day.
And thank you for putting up with all these photos.
Hope you all have a great day!