I'll begin with the bad news, and get it out of the way...
I didn't see the Sandhills... but... at least I heard them. The prairie is at it's tallest, which makes for perfect cover for these large birds to hide. On Friday, I swear I was within 20 feet of a pair, but couldn't see them. I stayed until past sunset, and had to leave empty-handed...but I think there at least 3 pair out there which is great news for the prairie.
Anyway...I did get these shots while waiting, which made the day alittle less boring...
Then...I see some strange birds coming toward me in the sky...
What in the world....?
Could it be....?
You can't mistake that bill, they have to be Glossy Ibises!
I honestly never thought I would ever see one around here. So... IT WAS AMAZING! In this part of our planet, we don't get much more than your popular GB Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron, and the occasional Black-crowned. Ibises are on another planet as far as I am concerned... The Chicago lakeshore birding community might see a flyover, but never ever down here.
Now THAT makes for a good weekend!
(The shots came out horrible, because of handling malfunctions, but I still have to smile at them!)