September 2, 2009

End of Summer


Great Blue Heron

pictures by cindyzlogic
It's the end of Summer in Kansas. The Spring birds, like Robins, must have migrated South. My husband and I took one of our Grand-daughters to a local lake to enjoy the last day of Summer for her. She would be starting school on Monday. The lake is known as a good birding spot as well. I saw a couple of different Terns, I think one was a Least Tern. I saw it through small binoculars, it looked to have a black & white striped head. It was perched on a buoy. Another larger Tern flew at it and took the Least Tern's spot on the buoy. It looked to have an all black cap. I checked the field guide and can only deduce it was a Forster's Tern. We saw 3 Great Blue Heron's, several Canadian Geese, and lots of Killdeer. I love these little Plovers! An hour before sunset there were a dozen or so Killdeer together. They would stand in a certain way, then bob their heads like they were hiccupping. They seemed to be doing some sort of ritual of which I would have no clue.
Lastly, and the most exciting for us, was finding a Belted Kingfisher. I took some pictures, but he was too far away for a decent photo with my camera. We watched him for quite some time. When we first spotted him he had a fish in his beak. It took him awhile to work on swallowing it. Then he dived into the water about 4 more times, but came up empty. He then flew closer and perched on some power lines. He seemingly came closer to check us out. We also got a chance to hear his call...very different. We have never seen one of these birds before!


troutbirder said...

Great outing Cindy. I absolutely love that Heron picture. It has that haunting early morning look about it.

Mark Wilkinson said...

Amazing. Such similar birds to us in the UK, just different plummage. Our latitudes and climates must be relatively similar.

Daily Chicago Photo said...


Thanks for visiting my blog and for the nice comments. The Belted Kingfisher story is VERY familiar to me: We've seen them about three times in the last month - always just out of camera range, and always flying off with that odd sound.