Egrets

In addition to the nesting Clark’s Grebes that I was so excited to see last week while kayaking there was a colony of Cattle Egrets and Snowy Egrets in some salt cedars on the southern shore between Harbor Bay and Alabates.  These birds are pretty common around the panhandle, but that doesn’t detract from their beauty.…

Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees

While we were in southwestern Missouri visiting relatives a few weeks ago we took a day trip over to  Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in Northeastern Oklahoma. My brother took us around the lake on his boat, my mom fixed us a picnic lunch, and I took photos. Here’s a few of them. Spotted Sandpiper…

More Waders and Shorebirds

A few more photos of shorebirds and waders from around the panhandle I have a lot of trouble telling these apart from the Greater Yellowlegs, but I believe this bird is a Lesser Yellowlegs. The larger, out-of-focus bird is a female Northern Shoveler Spotted Sandpiper White-faced Ibis Cattle Egret Killdeer Snowy Egret Wilson’s Phalarope, Lesser Yellowlegs,…

Photo Dump

I haven’t been out birding or kayaking since last week. Work, weather, the holiday weekend, and getting vehicles ready to hit the road for a little vacation have kept me busy. We’re going to the mountains for a few days to hike, take pictures, and hit a few breweries. Here’s some more pictures from last…

Muddy Waters

I paddled to the southern end of Lake Meredith again a few mornings ago into what I think is the Canadian River channel. The reason I think it’s the channel is that the water changes into a reddish brown and seems to be slowly moving north.  I can only float about a mile up this…

Birding and Kayaking

I finally got the nerve up to take my camera out with me on the kayak. A few days ago I bought a water-proof bag large enough to put it and the 500mm lens into, and this morning I packed everything up and headed for the lake. I’ve been exploring the south end of the…

Early August at McBride Canyon

I’ve not taken a lot of pictures in the last two weeks because I’m trying to learn how to not drown myself in a kayak. I borrowed one from a brother-in-law and enjoyed it so that I bought one for myself. I practiced a few days in a pond at Spring Canyon and have been…

Catching Up

OK, I admit it, I’m not doing a very good job at keeping this blog up to date.  It’s just that, well, it’s summer, you know. And not just summer, but one of the nicest summers we’ve had in a while.  Summers over the last decade or so have been miserable affairs. They’ve been hot…

Spring in Hutchinson County

It’s been incredibly dry and windy here this year.  We’re already several inches behind the norm and we only get an average of 20 inches a year, though it’s been a while since we hit that mark.  The wind is rarely less than 20 mph and there have been hundreds (or so it seems) of…

Peregrine Falcon

I saw a juvenile Peregrine Falcon earlier this week at the lake.  It’s a first for me. Swainson’s Hawk.  I can’t wait until the corn and milo harvest.  The combines clear the fields and disturb the mice and voles and Swainson’s and Red-tailed Hawks  follow the combines and feast. Cattle Egret.  60 or more of…