The Bumble-Bee Ducklings are back!

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for –  the arrival of a large new group of Black-Bellied Whistling Duck babies!The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are everyone’s favorite, I think – the adults always look so handsome, with their long necks, beautiful coloring, and upright posture.  And the babies are just an absolute treat – […]

BBWD’s are everywhere

The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are everywhere these days. And, since  Black-bellied Whistling Duck takes so long to write and say, I often shorten it by just writing BBWD 😉 One of my favorite birds (definitely my favorite ducks), they are really fun to watch as they ‘stand guard’ in pairs and little groups. Unlike other ducks who spend […]

A pretty beautiful evening

I blogged last week about the Cattle Egret’s colorful transformation – here’s another look, above.  This post includes a few more examples of how striking some of the other wetland birds look in March.  This young Roseate Spoonbill is one of the all-time favorites.  Although I’m not sure they are nesting in our area now, […]

A thing or two about Ducks

You’ve probably heard some variation on the expression, “If it walks like a duck, swims like a duck, and sounds like a duck, it must be a duck.” Well, the truth is, it’s not so simple! There are many kinds of water fowl that look sort of like ducks, and are commonly mistaken for ducks, […]

Getting ready . . .

Today is Erev Rosh HaShanah, the eve of the Jewish New Year.  We’ve spent the past month turning our attention inward, toward the deepest part of our souls, in preparation for the Days of Awe that begin with Rosh HaShana.  This evening begins a season of holidays, remembrances, and reflection for Jewish people all over the world.   At […]

August in the Wetland Preserves

Every once in a blue moon, I take only my binoculars when I go birding these days.  But then, I miss the opportunity to capture a lasting image of the creatures who are out and about, like the noisy Tri-colored Heron above, or this beautiful White Ibis. Every time I leave my camera at home, […]

Quiet Moments in the Wetlands

I love walking in the wetland preserves at this time of year. Sometimes it is far too hot at midday, but if you go very early, just after sunrise, or late in the day, just before sunset, it is perfect! I spotted the Black-bellied Whistling Duck pair above recently, and discovered a plump young Gallinule […]