Morning Walk at White Rock or Mosquito Morning

I had fun (except for the mosquitoes) joining a group from Audubon Dallas on an early morning bird watching walk at White Rock. It is amazing to me how quickly they can identify the birds by their calls. I have learned a few of the more basic such as the Cardinal and the Oriole. I have a lot to learn. It is a little more difficult for me because not only do I have to hear it, but I also have to see it and then it has to be kind enough to stay put long enough for a photo. 🙂 The smaller birds have a more difficult time cooperating. I have chased quite a few from tree to tree only to come away with a blurry image of a really interesting bird.

There were quite a few different birds out and about this morning but I was most excited when someone spotted the Yellow-Crowned Night Heron nest. There were four juvenile herons watching us before we even saw them. We didn’t stay too long so that we wouldn’t disturb them too much. I have to admit that I left the group a little early because I just couldn’t take the mosquitoes anymore. I think they actually liked the deet from our spray.

Waiting for breakfast at the White Rock Spillway
Waiting for breakfast at the White Rock Spillway
Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Great Blue Heron or Tricolored Heron? Catching breakfast
Great Blue Heron or Tricolored Heron? Catching breakfast
Caught the Night Heron moving from one step to another - thought this was funny.
Caught the Night Heron moving from one step to another – thought this was funny.
Focused on catching breakfast
Focused on catching breakfast
Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night Herons There were 4 in the nest but one jumped out to the side.
Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night Herons
There were 4 in the nest but one jumped out to the side.
Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night Heron
Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night Heron
Female Wood Duck
Female Wood Duck
Tufted Titmouse Pair?
Tufted Titmouse Pair?
Great Egret with morning catch
Great Egret with morning catch

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