I have just been informed there are only 31 days in May. For normal people this fact probably does not generate much concern, unless there is some form of payment due in which case you might feel a little concerned or perhaps agitated depending on the relationship of the debt to the individual’s bank account. This is not at all how I happen to feel at the moment because that all seems trivial compared to full on PANIC when you realize that there are no more days to procrastinate before getting the final post out for the month. I pretty much lucked out today. The post topic was already decided last week and the images were post processed a few days earlier. That leaves only the witty banter and insightful dialog that accompanies each post which (once again thanks to my brother) is now only done on the day of the post. But, I am sure you are not hear to read about my trials and tribulations you want birds… and not just any birds, you want a MUTANT BIRD that no one else has ever seen before.
Setting the stage, if you recall during the first of these Emiquon posts we noticed an odd duck on our way out of the refuge. I then proceeded to relate the discovery of the American Shoveler. There was actually another sighting that occurred right before we noticed the shoveler. Something about it seemed a little odd but I could not put my finger on exactly what it was. Then when we noticed the shovelers, I passed it off as simply being the new bird out of the water. It was not until I went back to prep for this post series that I remembered those previous shots. Having now become very familiar with the shoveler I can safely say.. that was NO SHOVELER!
Take a quick look at this shot and tell me what bird you think it is…. ready .. go
Remember what came to mind and hit the jump for further discussion