Beyond the Backyard

Flight Shots at the Circle B Bar Reserve

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Yesterday (Sunday) was a great morning for flight shots at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  The sunrise was pretty, then the birds were flying from the lake on Wading Bird Way across the trail towards Lake Hancock.  I saw Blue-Winged Teals, Green-Winged Teals, Gadwalls, American Wigeons, Northern Shovelers, and Mottled Ducks. The American Coots are by far the most common bird out on the lakes right now.  I always enjoy laughing at them as they do their “walk on water” routine.  Then one took off in flight!  I don’t seem to see them in flight very often. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized I had pictures of Gadwalls in flight.  They were my first of the season. The yellow flowers are in full bloom at the Circle B Bar Reserve, and the marshes are quite pretty.  After they fade, I’ll be ready for a good frost.  Then we’ll be able to better see the bitterns and rails!