Wednesday, I was able to sneak away and spend the day at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge. I really didn’t know what to expect because I normally visit in the fall during the geese and duck migration. I’ve gone at other times and always manage to come away with some photos but I’ve not gone this late in the winter.
The first critter I saw was a barred owl but it was too dark and it was too fast for me to get a shot….. Darn! I had to remind myself that I should “just enjoy the moment.” Which I did, reluctantly.
Not to be disappointed though, look who’s peeking out of the nest. At first I didn’t see anything in the nest. A train came by then all of a sudden it looked out. I was quite lucky to be there at the right time. I stayed only a few minutes because I never want to disturb nesting. I drove by the nest several times throughout the day but that was the only time I saw it peeking out.
I always love it when the animal I’m photographing doesn’t know I’m there. It affords getting a glimpse into their normal daily lives.
The next critter I saw seem to be happily dancing along the side of the road. It really looked like it was dancing. I was surprised to see it because they are nocturnal. It brought a smile to my face as I watched it dancing along.
This was the second coyote I saw. However, it saw me first. While butt shots are rude, this was the only shot I was able to get as it quickly moved away.
Just as the sun was going down, all of a sudden, hundreds of thousands of red-winged black birds appeared. There were hundreds of them perched in all the nearby trees while the sky was fill with them flying in all directions. I have never seen so many at one time.
This is an enlargement of the center of the previous photo. Like the ducks and geese, I just don’t know how they avoid mid-air collisions when they all start to fly at the same time. It was really awesome to see.
Well that was my day at the refuge. I saw other animals which were to fast for me to photograph. There were a variety of hawks, including a northern harrier, that barred owl and of course, there are always deer. All in all, I think it was a good day.
For the locals, it’s really not that far to go and visit. From my house in Overland Park, it takes an hour and a half to get there. I hope you’ve enjoyed my day adventure at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge and perhaps, visit it yourself.
Thanks for stopping by!