Now tell me, who can resist fuzzy little baby Black Terns? Not me...
What all fuzzy little baby Black Terns hope to be; an adult Black Tern. This one was photographed at Metzger Marsh, just west of the Bird-O.
Compared to gulls, terns seem to get all the accolades. But, this supremely gorgeous gull helps to level the playing field. It's the Heermann's Gull, and we photographed this one on the coast of California three years ago. Not only is it handsome, but, it spells its name with two N's, just like another handsome creature I know!
Turn to page 358 in your Kaufman Field Guide to the Birds of North America to learn more about the diagnostic song of the White-throated Sparrow!
This is the Channel-billed Toucan, taken from the canopy tower at Sacha Lodge. (Give me props for being brave enough to climb that dreadful thing!) VERY SCARY...but...VERY COOL! Now listen, I know that this photo sucks, but, I took it by holding my little point and shoot camera up to our spotting scope. (my apologies to Jeff Bouton, the Leica King of Digiscoping!) AND, this is the veryfirsteverinmy life TOUCAN and I wanted a photo of it. I wasn't too thrilled about climbing the tower in the first place. It's like 2000 feet in the air (height perhaps slightly exaggerated) and I certainly didn't want to be carrying ALL of our digiscoping gear up the 17,000 steps to get up to the top (number of stairs perhaps slightly exaggerated). I know I'm making this sound terrible and scary, but, ohmygoodness, it was massively amazing! Imagine standing ABOVE the canopy of a tract of Amazonian Rain forest so vast that you cannot see anything but an ocean of tree tops in every direction. Once they drugged and blindfolded me and got me up there, I never wanted to come down.
The canopy tower at Sacha.
Black-browed Albatross tending its young on Saunders Island on our trip to Antarctica. What a mind-blowing adventure this was. Hey, I know --- Kenn and I should start a blog and tell you all about this trip we took to Antarctica! Yeah, wouldn't that be great.....(Yikes!) I swear on a stack of Kaufman Field Guides that we'll get back to sharing the trip with you. SOON!
Even though many people seem to take American Goldfinches for granted, you have to admit that their nests are lovely.
Although I have been blessed with some astoundingly good birding experiences, this bird remains the single-most-mind-blowing bird I have ever seen. I was so stunned by the sight of this bird that I literally had to sit down. The Sword-billed Hummingbird (this one photographed at the Guango Lodge in Ecuador) has a bill so ridiculously long that it cannot even perch on a feeder. See what I mean!
What happens when you combine a really crazy duck that thinks it's human, some really crazy humans who think they're ducks, a flotation device, some beer, a pond, and a camera that no one really cares about....
A whole new approach to bird feeding. A young Red-tailed Hawk (note the brown tail) that hung around BSBO for several days.
One of the most outrageously bizarre birds on the planet
And finally, a quiz for you. Who can name all five of the brown thrushes shown in this photo taken at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory's banding station in the Navarre Marsh. (Name them left to right)
Thanks for having fun with me today!