Meanwhile, at the Wetlands

I did not get to the Wakarusa Wetlands much over the summer, but now that we are heading into fall, I plan to do something about that whenever I can. I took a couple of hours off yesterday to see if what I had been hearing about great numbers of pelicans was true. While a road grater scared many of them away right after I got there, a few remained. It is great to see them in this relatively new space (part of the mitigation for the SLT). While I in no way can speak to the anger and betrayal felt by so many regarding this sacred space, I am choosing to focus on making peace with my relationship with this place that has meant so much to me. I hope it will continue to be a place of relative safety for the beings who live there, and I hope that migrants continue to find it a restful and nourishing spot in the fall and spring.  It was wonderful to see thousands of gulls coming through high overhead and the blackbirds were dining on sunflower seeds. A few cormorants were hanging out in a tree, kingfishers patrolled, and grebes dived. Click on pictures to enlarge.

Sunrise Wetlands

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Red-winged blackbirds on sunflower

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Red-winged blackbirds in flight

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Cormorants

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American coot and grebe

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Belted kingfisher

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Pelicans in a line

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Belted Kingfisher

I am in love with this belted kingfisher. I have seen her before patrolling up and down the spillway at Clinton Lake. This morning was the first time I have ever been close enough to get a decent picture. I love the sounds she makes and her head-first dives into the water. And, of course, how remarkably cool she looks. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Belted kingfisher

This guy has been patrolling this pond that I visit occasionally. I’ve been out there a few days trying to get a decent picture, but I do not want to run him off, so I am keeping my distance. If you have never seen one doing his/her thing, it is pretty amazing. They talk a lot, hover over the water, then dive right in. Hopefully, he will hang around for a while and I can get better pictures. Click on picture to enlarge.

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Belted Kingfisher


While this isn’t the best picture, I’ve been trying to catch a photo of this amazing bird for a long time. This one was across the river from me when I was out on a trail last week. Click on picture to enlarge.

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