Clear Blue Skies and an Abundance of Wildlife

This past weekend we went out to the lake to take some more photographs. We have really fallen in love with the lake. There is just something about the way the wind blows across the water and the sounds the waves make as they beat against the shoreline. Not to mention the abundance of wildlife and the excitement of not knowing what we may encounter on any given day. This weekend  we had excellent weather with clear blue skies and the brightest of sunlight. We found several new and interesting birds that we hadn’t seen in this area before so we thought we’d share with everyone. We also took a few pictures of some trees and plants that we’ve also included in the post. Hopefully you find these as exciting as we do.

H and K

Broad-winged Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk


Buffelhead Duck

Female Buffelhead Duck

Buffelhead Duck

Male Buffelhead Duck

Buffelhead Duck

Buffelhead Duck diving. These little critters love to dive. We had a hard time getting them to stay above water to get a decent shot. However, they are fun to watch diving because they do it so gracefully.

Dove - Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Dove - White Winged Dove

White Winged Dove


Mallard – Female


Gadwall – Male

Great Blue Heron [flying] 01

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron [in dense trees] 01

Great Blue Heron – he was nestled deep within the trees. We got lucky to have just the right vantage point to get this shot.

Great-tailed Grackle

Great-tailed Grackle – Female



White Winged Parakeets flying to their favorite tree


We found these orange leaves to be just a beautiful color

Northern Mocking Bird

Northern Mocking Bird

Red Tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

Red Winged Black Bird

Red Winged Black Bird

Sea Gull

Sea Gull – we loved how his wings and under belly were so brown and speckled

Sea Gull and Coots

Sea Gull and Coots – they were fighting over a piece of bread a little boy had fed to one of the coots



White Chinese Goose Hybrid

White Chinese Goose Hybrid – The brown and tan head on this goose is amazing. We hadn’t seen one like this before but it is certainly one of our favorites now.

American Kestrel

American Kestrel – This is our first encounter with one of these birds. Unfortunately we were not able to get real close. This was the best picture we were able to get.

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