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Birding at a Lake in the City

I like going to this lake in the city because there are Red-necked Grebes here, but today there were a few surprises. The lake has a walkway around it and houses surround this, with a lot of the people putting up birdhouses and feeders in their yards which makes this a bird-friendly zone. It was a lovely day sunny and cloudy, but quite the glare off the water.

Another photographer and birder alerted me to this fledged magpie which is the first that I have seen. I think the term begins with “L”.

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I decided to walk around this small lake and saw many sights and many feathered families.

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Saw some brief displays, with the pair calling loudly , coming together and stretching their necks up with crests raised then swimming away.

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At one curve in the lake a pelican circled and landed. No time to check my settings, i tried panning as it landed.

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it happened too quick , there was nothing I could do about the sign but keep following.

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Happy about that, a short way further along the path I saw a large bird coming into view. Not id-ing it  yet, I tried to focus on it.

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A great Blue heron! What a treat! It landed near the pelican and stayed to fish.

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The damsel flies were prolific so got my first shot of the season.

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She is a beautiful blue. Speaking of blue, there were many blue ribbons on posts  all around the lake , paying tribute to fallen officer Const Daniel Woodall. His funeral is tomorrow, so I will be present at the procession.

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3 responses

  1. Love the pelican sequence!

    June 16, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    • Thanks Julie. There were definitely a few special moments there.

      June 18, 2015 at 1:08 am

  2. Butch V

    Getting out lots my friend, enjoy the time

    Take Care Butch V

    Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 19:45:19 +0000 To: butch_vill@hotmail.com

    June 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm

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