The next day, keeping a wary eye on the radar, we ventured out early into our local wetlands for a bit of exercise. Clouds hung low over the gravel road and lake.
That blue dot is Mary Lou, already far ahead of me (click for enlarged view):
This Common Gallinule may be breeding here, the first one I have seen here over ten years of observations:
A Northern Cardinal's song brightened the morning:
Mary Lou had completed the three-mile round trip before I reached the rookery at the far end of the road. I was anxious to learn whether any of the herons had nested successfully during our absence. It was gratifying to find fledglings of both Green Herons and Yellow-crowned Night-Herons.
Skies were very dark when I took these photos--
A pair of night-herons:
There was a third adult, plus this newly fledged juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron:
It was too dark to get a decent photo of a pair of Green Herons which were working to renovate their nest. It held 3 eggs when I photographed it on April 26, just before we left for Illinois:
Another pair of Green Herons at the opposite end of the rookery were watching over one of their progeny. I decreased exposure compensation to brighten the photo of this adult but it still looked gloomy:
It started drizzling just as I took a final photo of the juvenile Green Heron. It still had natal down on its head:
The next two days we had to be content with watching the wading birds from our back patio windows. A Snowy Egret found a school of tiny fish along the shore at the edge of our lawn:
A White Ibis reflected in the lake as it foraged along a neighbor's fence.
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