Bald Knob NWR: Recent Finds

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Pectoral Sandpiper

Recently, I found several firsts at Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge: the above Pectoral Sandpiper and the below Least Flycatcher.

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Least Flycatcher

However, these weren’t my only finds. See more below. 🙂

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American Avocet
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Blue Grosbeak
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Great Blue Heron
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Ducks at Sunset
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Great Blue Heron

 

Photo essay: Hunting Blue-winged Teal

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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:

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Male and Female Gadwell ducks
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Mallards
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Great Blue Heron

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American Coot
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Song Sparrow
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Song Sparrow
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Killdeer
Red-tailed hawk
Red-tailed hawk

My grandparents’ pond

Canvasbacks and a Redhead Duck on my grandparents' pond.
Canvasbacks and a Redhead Duck on my grandparents’ pond.

I wasn’t back home in Wynne long before my parents told me there were ducks on my grandparents’ pond. My grandparents live just a mile down the road from us so, of course, my parents had to drive down to show me.

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It was pretty cool — I am pretty sure they are Canvasbacks and a Redhead in the above picture while the below picture has Redheads with a Lesser Scaup.

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Redheads Ducks with Lesser Scaup Duck.