Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Okay, so we were out road trippin yesterday. We decided to go check out the eagle nest not far from where we live. At first we didn't think it was occupied, we started to drive off, then noticed a head pop up. This is the funniest damn thing i've seen in a long time. I do hope they were just resting their tired wings. If they hatch eggs in there, how on earth are the gooslings going to get to the ground!!! I could be wrong, but I don't believe they know how to fly right away.
What's wrong with it's beak you ask? Bills and legs of breeding adults turn deep orange. Breeding adults usually also grow a flat fibrous plate in the middle of the upper mandible. This plate falls off after eggs have hatched. A chick feeding adult will have a grey-black crown. They fly in a large V often gliding with long wings, then all flapping together.
These are snow geese. The two with the white heads are know as Blue Morphs, the one in the center appears to be a juvenile. The more common is the White Morph which is all white with black wing tips. Females do not breed until they are 2-3 years old.
Went to Wagon Train and Stagecoach Lakes today with Kris. What a great day, nice to see the sunshine and the Pelicans.
What do you do on a miserable rainy day??? Go road trippin. We had to pick up a cabinet in Valparasio and these are some of the wildlife that we saw along the way.
Monday, March 22, 2010
First time seeing this type of duck. I couldn't find them in my Nebraska bird book, so I'm guessing they are passing through. Interesting to watch. The submerge themselves under the water to feed, then pop back up. Hard to get close to them. I had to hide behind some bushes, but once they noticed me off they went.