Monday, April 20, 2009

That's My World--Squaw Creek NWR

I spent last Thursday and Friday at Squaw Creek NWR. The weather was pleasant and there were a fair amount of birds to be seen.

Have you ever wondered why Double-crested cormorants are called double-crested? During the breeding season they have crests. The crests are very evident in this photo. Kind of neat, huh?



There were lots of Blue-winged teals



And then I had quite a surprise. My first thought was that is sure a strange looking heron. Must be the light. Then I looked through the binoculars and realized the “heron” was in fact a Sandhill crane. Now one does not go to Squaw Creek in late April and expect to see a sandhill crane, but there he/she was.

I cropped the crane so it can be seen clearly. The original photo is here.



The rest of the Squaw Creek photos are here

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23 comments:

Mary Elizabeth said...

Wow, yes I can see the crest. Didn't know-thanks for sharing this-
Beautiful pics!
Have a great week.
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Martha said...

Great photos, it looks like you had a good day birding. I especially like that cormorant.

Kathiesbirds said...

Wow! I love the double crest that is so rarely seen! How amazing to find that sandhill crane. Perhaps it has been blown off course?

Jack and Joann said...

Those are some great bird pics. I like big and tall birds. And thanks for stopping by my blog. Joann

Erin said...

enjoyed your lovely captures of the birds...beautiful each and every one. thank you for sharing them with us ^..^

SandyCarlson said...

What a rich place. Thanks for sharing these.

Carver said...

You have some wonderful shots of the water birds. Squaw Creek looks like a great place to hang out out be ye bird or human.

B Squared said...

Looks like you had a great day. I love Sandhills. We were driving in Northern Michigan last Fall and saw an entire field filled with them.

Ebie said...

Your birds are pretty, but the first my is my best.

Barb said...

These bird shots and the shimmering water are wonderful! Your world is beautiful.

Babooshka said...

We get cormorants but not this one, which is a beauty.

Elisabeth's bright side said...

Your photos are great, I so appreciate to see pictures of birds and all the details like the crests that give this bird a very attentive look. Have a nice day!

Reader Wil said...

I am always impressed by your knowledge of birds. One of the ducks looks like our female mallard. The other one you called a teal. Well thanks for sharing and the information! Thanks also for your visit and have a great week!

Arija said...

An enviable world of waterbird.
I'd never heard, let alone seen a double crested one! Thanks for capturing and posting it.

Pagan Sphinx said...

Wonderful photos! That is neat that the cormorants have crests. And rather elegant ones at that!

Russ said...

Cools series! I love that cormorant.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Great shots! I really appreciate the shots of the cormorant. The last time I saw some the were just far enough away that I couldn't get a good, clear shot.

lisaschaos said...

Beautiful! Looks like a great day! I haven't seen a teal in a while, would be nice to again. :) Hope you got the email I sent you. :)

Mojo said...

I saw the crests, but didn't realize they were "temporary". Fascinating bit of information there.

Jenn said...

That's a lovely cormorant. Great shots!

fishing guy said...

Kayleen: Wonderful photos from your world, wonderful bird photos.

Wren said...

Great photos! I had never seen the crest on a cormorant before your photos.

Sandy Kessler said...

teal might interesting looking