Monday, January 25, 2010

Flooded Fields and a Couple Birds



Ah...so yeah, it's STILL raining. Slowly...going...crazy...quickly...going...crazy...Two days ago we made a break for it, thinking we might get a little time sans rain. Wrooong. We drove to north about 20-25 minutes, straight into some gnarly looking clouds. We saw at least 5 different rainbows. The skies were so confused: rainbows, low hanging black clouds, a few rays of so-called sun shining through. It was weird.

The water is still really high (not surprising) and many of the fields are still flooded. Check it out. That water is not usually there. The saturated fields made the shorebirds happy though, that's for sure. Tons of 'em! I got a picture of a killdeer and a Bonaparte's Gull. The gull had some messed up secondary feathers (probably from the weather) on his right side, but when he finally flew off, he was doing just fine. He was gorging himself on worms. We watched him for a while; he was thoroughly enjoying the grub. Watery Wednesday and Weekend Reflections




37 comments:

Stine in Ontario said...

Your photos make rainy days look appealing!

Colleen said...

Great photos! I guess it was worth getting out in the rain for them.

Seagull Steve said...

I dig the shots of the bottoms....makes me nostalgic! The V Street Loop was always rewarding after a good rain.

Also, Bonaparte's Gulls dont seem to get the credit they deserve....

Carly said...

This is my first visit to your blog, bit it won't be my last. Your photos are amazing. I really enjoy nature photos!

Evelyn Howard said...

Lovely photos.

ksdoolittle said...

Oh, wow, your pictures are gorgeous!! Very humbling, I must say. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. Sometimes I just get lucky! ~ks

Mama Zen said...

Wonderful shots of the birds!

Don't Bug Me! said...

Just went to your website - you have some beautiful photos. I shall have to come and visit again.

ramblingwoods said...

This looks very familiar except my flooding photos aren't this nice. I have a pond in my yard instead of along side the yard. I love the killdeer...Michelle

Neil Tasker said...

Hi. Just returning your visit. Thanks for the comment. Your pics are beautiful. I'll be back.

Randi said...

Amazing photos of the birds!

Spiderdama said...

Just lovely shots:-)

Tammie Lee said...

each and every photo is wonderful!

Jane said...

Lovely shots of the wetlands, and the plover and non breeding gulls Jill. Thanks for sharing:)

Mona Sweden said...

That's a lot of water. Your photos of the birds are gorgeous!

James said...

Great shots! I can't help but notice a couple of these would be great for my Weekend Reflections meme.

Carolyn Ford said...

Glorious shots! Playing in the rain is a GOOD thing! Look what you captured...

ewok1993 said...

Your photos are so delightful. Glad that we had rain though.

Jossie said...

Lovely photos. Rainy days give great pictures.

Ricepatty said...

What sweet water fowl! Great photos for sure :)

chubskulit said...

Great shots!

My Watery Wednesday entry

nice A said...

Lovely photos! The birds look so happy:)

Regina said...

How lovely!
Happy WW.

nuts said...

almost the same subject for my first photo.. nice, brilliant photography!

Chie Wilks said...

all the photos are beautifull..esp. the photos with birds

mine's here

Marvin said...

Beautiful photos. At least the shorebirds were happy campers.

Carolyn said...

Beautiful captures. The birds are great but the colour and composition in the scenic photos are stunning! First visit but I will be back.
Smiles

Pat said...

I've never saw a Bonaparte's gull, thanks for sharing those. Excellent reflections, beautiful composition. The cloud formations are fabulous!

Crafty Green Poet said...

beautiful photos. Why are killdeer called killdeer, I've often wondered?

Cezar and Léia said...

This post is so adorable, the first shot is so sweet!
Happy weekend reflections
Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

awarewriter said...

Excellent series Jill. You managed to capture the personalities of those birds quite well.

VioletSky said...

the little bits of grass peeking through the abundance of water adds some colour and interest to an already interesting picture.

word verification is dedly - hope all this rain hasn't been deadly for anyone.

eileeninmd said...

Jill, wonderful reflections and photos of the birds.

Woody said...

The gator still wigs me out.

I like the shot (actually, I REALLY like them all) with the fence posts protruding from the flooded field. Give real perspective.

Hilda said...

Sorry to hear about the floods and the crazy weather. But you make even the flooded field look gorgeous!

I don't know which bird is which, but I like the fuzzy head of the white one.

Have a happy weekend!

Guy D said...

Marvelous photos to say the least, the first one is definitely my favourite.

All the best
Guy
Regina In Pictures

mbkatc230 said...

These are beautiful. At least all the rain made for a great photo op! Love the first shot especially. And the low hanging clouds look like snow on top of the hills. Nicely captured. Kathy