As promised, I’m back and as foreshadowed it’s another post featuring a bird. If it is any consolation I promise this will be the last bird post … for the month. If you recall, I was looking through the Ft. Myers’ collection when I spotted the Black-Bellied Plover featured a couple of posts ago. This happens to be the bird I was actually looking for at the time.
I wanted to make sure my crappy shots at the Emiquon floodle were not of a Ruddy Turnstone – which is the bird for today’s post. I was sure it was in the tin already and just wanted to double back and confirm my latest shot wasn’t a morphing Ruddy. It checked out against these Ruddy specimens, but in that same set found the perfect match I used in the Plover post. Since I was already in there, figured it would be a good time to go ahead and post it and more importantly get my official +1 for the Birding Life List.
Hit the jump to read a bit more about this stunning shorebird.
Continue reading Rud[dy] Can’t Fail
Howdy everyone! I’m back with another post in another desperate attempt to hit my quota this month. To give a little insight into the workflow that occurs around here at LifeIntrigued, there are times when I panic and times when I’m just acutely aware that my output needs to be ramped up. Panic is reserved for those times I have nothing in the hopper, no pictures processed and worse of all – no content ideas. Contrasting that with the much lower entry on the concern scale where I know I’m late but most of the pictures are processed already and best of all, there’s a topic already earmarked for at least the quota amount.
Fortunately for me, this month falls into the latter. The pictures for this post and the next are already processed and the other topics have at least the theme identified with the raw shots already taken. The best thing about having the picture processing done for the post is I can write it up from just about anywhere there is an Internet connection. Take for example today where I’m coming to you from a lonely road near Alton IL. We were down here doing some errands and a little birding. Thanks to Linda agreeing to drive – we get to spend the travel time cranking posts out – yeah!
Continue reading Floodle Camouflage
Well, today I was accused of not having any October posts out (by my wife mind you). Obviously my loyal readers know that was absolutely WRONG. Hey, I may be running a little late this month, but at least give me some credit for getting something out there. The good news is I’m in the process of doubling my October output with tonight’s featured bird.
If you recall, the last post was about a late recognition of a productive bird outing with my brother. That bird (the Wilson’s Phalarope) was enshrined in the Birding Life List thanks to one of my golden rules of wildlife photography – “Shoot Anything That Moves”. I cannot count the number of times that principle has produced a +1. If the Wilson’s is considered lucky, this find came with Leprechauns. I know for a fact that I noticed the Wilson since there were multiple shots with that Phalarope being in the center focus position – that, of course, translates into much better shots than these.
It has been a while since I processed these specific shots, but pretty sure not a single one of them were in the center focus region meaning it didn’t catch our attention during the outing. Nope, it didn’t even come up until we noticed fellow birders posting about how they found a Red-Necked Phalarope in the exact same floodle area. That prompted another look through the hundreds of shots we took there.
Continue reading Another Find in the Flooded Flats
Greetings all… welcome to October posting. About time I got around to this, but I was hoping at least one comment would come in, but alas I’m like a month out now and nada, zip, chirp chirp chirp. Oh well, I guess life will go on. Truth be told I’ve been horribly busy as of late and just now getting over the brunt of it. There are plenty of posts coming up to highlight all the interesting activities, but as a foreshadowing, this month brought about another long race and our annual Halloween Cookout. Jumping back to the now, let me introduce you to my little friend.
On a bit of confession here. I must admit that I was not actively aware I had this specific bird in the tin. In fact, the opinion was just the opposite – total disappointment over having missed a great opportunity to get a +1 for the day’s birding efforts. At least a month or so back I was birding with my brother at one of my favorite spots – Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge. Ron had come down the night before in hopes of scouting out some large floodles that had formed in the area.
There were a number of posts out on IBET documenting interesting shorebirds that were frequenting the area. With the general bird watching opportunities turning quite dull, the chance to add some Pipers and like to the birding list was an exciting opportunity. We arrived at the area (on the Dickson Mounds road believe it is Rt 9) fairly early in the morning. In our first pass we noticed a tremendous amount of activity out in the fields to the left. On our way back we ended up pulling into a wide spot and walking back to see what we could shoot.
Continue reading A Missed Phalarope Fallacy