It’s always fun when you get two lifers in two days. Yesterday a Lincoln’s Sparrowand this morning a Long-billed Curlew. I drove down to the Joe Overstreet Landing and had a great time there. The Curlew was very cooperative and easily found. It was hanging out with numerous Wilson’s Snipe. Then I found a Crested Caracara perched on a fence post, and it took off when I was focused on it, so I had sharp photos. Eastern Meadowlarks were very vocal on the drive into the landing, and I love hearing their calls. Occasionally one would pose on the fence for me. And on a sad but fascinating note, I found a couple Turkey Vultures that were working on a Raccoon carcass by the road.
Eastern Meadowlark (I normally don’t photograph birds with with lighting like this, but this one had such an iconic pose, I had to try it)
I was hoping to see a Snail Kite there too, but no luck there, so I drove up to East Lake Toho on my way home. There’s a park that runs along the southern portion of the lake (eBird calls it Kaliga Park but I haven’t seen a sign there), and Snail Kites seem to be very reliable there. In fact, I’ve seen one every time I’ve gone there. I found three there, and two were activelypatrollingthe marshes in front of me looking for Apple Snails. I saw one grab one, but I couldn’t get photos of it with its prize.