Just a little rain

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It seems Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (above) are the ducks this year. They were among the birds found during a recent rainy trip to Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge. My most exciting find, though: Bobolinks.

(Click on the photo to see name of bird)

Bald Knob NWR

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American Golden-Plover

I love Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge. It’s halfway between my house and the Jonesboro/Wynne area so it’s an AWESOME place for me to take a break from interstate driving and have some fun. There’s different birds to see year-round, and I’ve gotten pretty lucky in the past several weeks. I’ve visited a lot more these past few months β€” especially since I finally purchased a 600mm lens.

The refuge is best known for migrating waterfowl, and I can usually find shorebirds there year-round. So far, my best finds have been an out-of-season American Golden-Plover, a White-faced Ibis and a Yellow-headed blackbird.

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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
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American Golden-Plover
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Yellow-headed Blackbird
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Nutria
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Northern Rough-winged swallow
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Dickcissel
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Yellow-breasted Chat
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Eastern Towhee
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Swamp Sparrow
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White-faced Ibis
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Great Blue Heron

Photo essay: Last meal

Bald Knob-Great Blue Heron1 4-6This Great Blue Heron looked tickled pink while feeding at Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge in April β€” not surprising since it was having plenty of success at finding dinner. I found these pictures and more while clearing up my computer’s desktop. So FYI, I’m about to go on a posting frenzy of my pictures from April toΒ  June. πŸ™‚

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Looking for ducks

Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Duck
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Gadwall Duck

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.

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Loggerhead Shrike
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American Kestrel
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Eastern Meadowlark

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Great Blue Heron
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Mallards
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Rusty Blackbird

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