I typically visit the Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area in the fall and winter — never spring and summer. I broke tradition this year by taking a late afternoon drive through the area with Izzie. Boy, was I glad I did. There were Barn Swallows, Dickcissels and Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds at the Halowell Reservoir while Indigo Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks lined the roads leading to and from the reservoir. Overall, it was a pretty drive with a gorgeous sunset (see the last pictures).
female Blue Grosbeak
male Blue Grosbeak
A pair of Dickcissel
Geese — a snow and a greater white-fronted — that each had a drooping wing.
female Ruby-throated Hummingbird
male Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Overtime. It’s a great word, especially since it allowed me to get out of the office early Thursday afternoon. Izzie and I headed to the Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area to see what we could find. We got pretty lucky — the highlight of the trip was a Barred Owl (above). It was my first time to see one and, I must admit, March is turning out to be a great month for spotting owls!
Besides the owl, we also spotted Blue-winged Teal, Double-crested Cormorants, snow geese, sparrows, Tufted Titmouse, Northern Cardinals and plenty of Wood Ducks. Here’s some pictures:
I just love the color!
I also saw plenty of nutria. It’s definitely mating season for these guys. That’s all I’m going to say.
- Short-eared Owls (memosforme.wordpress.com)
- Photo essay: Great Horned Owls (memosforme.wordpress.com)
Lately, my days have been pretty bare of after hours, work-related events. I had to take advantage of my good luck by heading out to bird in Arkansas County and around Little Rock. It paid off — I rediscovered four state birds. The birds were House finches, a Brown-headed Nuthatch, the American Goldfinch, and Green-Winged Teal Ducks. The duck pictures aren’t the best since the ducks were practically on the other side of the lake. But hey, at least you can tell what they are. 🙂
Anyway, here’s my pictures of the birds plus sky pictures that I like:
House Finches and a Brown-headed Nuthatch
Green-Winged Teal Duck
Another look at the Green-winged Teal Duck
Juvenile Bald Eagle
Heading back into Little Rock
I’ve finally added two more ducks to my list of photographed birds. I headed to Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area’s Halowell Reservoir earlier this month to see what was there and found both of the above Ruddy and Gadwall ducks. I was also in luck for plenty of other bird sightings as well.
Great Blue Heron
It was lightly snowing, but I simply couldn’t resist visiting Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area. I had the trip in mind for several days and, well, I did wake up early to take a drive with Izzie.
I was the only person out, which was fine by me. I saw plenty of birds. Here’s some of what I saw:
I’ve seen plenty of Northern Shoveler’s, but the ducks have always been just floating like this.
I finally saw the backside of a Northern Shoveler as the duck flew away. Gorgeous coloring!
A Ruddy Duck and American Coot
Tree Swallow, first spring
Male and Female Blue-Winged Teal
My goal this winter was to photograph a Blue-Winged Teal duck. I finally got lucky in this quest during a trip to Bayou Meto’s Halowell Reservoir. I was pretty excited to see the ducks as well as a pair of Gadwells. The trip was bird-filled with a few favorites. Here’s some of what I saw:
Male and Female Gadwell ducks
Great Blue Heron