Sunsets and Sandhills

The Platte River trip started out slowly, with rain sporadically hindering us. But as the week progressed, we began receiving beautiful weather and some awesome sunrises and sunsets. In today’s post, I am sharing some images of the Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) as they return to the Platte River for roosting … and in one […]

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Early Sandhills

Some of the fun birds we saw at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area (Missouri) were some early-migrating Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis). I didn’t see any on the first evening in the area, but found these two adults on Day 2:       On Day 3, we not only saw 2 adults, but 3 juveniles that […]

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A Rare Winter Visitor

How good at bird identification are you? Can you identify this recent visitor I found at Squaw Creek NWR in northwest Missouri?           If you guessed “Ibis”, you are correct. But is this a juvenile White-Faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) or a juvenile Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)? There seems to be an […]

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Squaw Creek Bald Eagles, Part 1

Today’s post includes some bald eagle images I made while at Squaw Creek NWR, photographing the Trumpeter Swans. Squaw Creek is know for the migrating waterfowl counts; Snow Geese numbers often reach 500,000 or more during November/early December. And with the increased waterfowl counts, comes the migrating Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus):     Immature Bald […]

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Just Passin’ Thru

I’m going to temporarily move away from the Trumpeter Swan images (but will be back very soon!) so that I can blog about an extraordinary experience I had yesterday. Earlier this week, I was notified by one of my local, regular blog readers that a couple of Snowy Owls (Bubo scandiacus) had migrated into Missouri. […]

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