It was a big birding day today! Early count puts me somewhere in the 14 to 16 new birds to add to my list and should put some distance from my brother’s recent charge. Based on that haul I can probably take the rest of the year off from bird posts so all of you non-aviary oriented readers out there are probably going to rejoice knowing this is probably the last post of its kind until 2016 (I can already hear the collective cheers).
I have to say, today’s featured bird is one of those I always knew I had in the tin, but just wasn’t sure when it was obtained and which location it was taken at. This is primarily due to the huge delay in getting things processed as of late. Truth to be told it is really which of the location”s” was going to come up first since I know this bird was shot during at least 3 or 4 different shoots.
Turns out, the first one to pop off the queue was the series taken at Lake Andes in South Dakota. If you recall from the previous posts, Lake Andes turned out to be quite the haul for new birds. Unfortunately, these particular specimens were holding court a significant distance from where we were able to shoot on the banks. The Beast was straining with all its might to pull them in and as you would expect (and in this case physically see the results), the shots turned out a little soft. Not bad for the distance, but definitely not gallery worthy in any manner. Luckily, the quality of the shot doesn’t come into play on whether you get the checkmark or not (I won’t mention names, but I know someone that is claiming a certain yellow highlighted bird on his birding list that has an equal chance of being a school bus based on the shot results hehehe).
Hit the jump to read a bit more about this large bird.