Saturday, August 09, 2008
The Mystery Bird
It was after sighting and photographing this Great Egret that we decided we really would like a camera with a better zoom lens. Great Blue Herons we've seen a-plenty around our home, but this pure white bird showed up on my mother-in-law's farm while we were there visiting a few weeks ago. Luckily, between the six pairs of adult and kid eyes that saw this lovely sight, we were able to get enough of a description (long black legs, long yellow bill, pure white feathers, size about 3 feet tall) to identify it with the help of a National Audubon Society Field Guide, which was what I ran to the car to retrieve while everyone else was watching the bird take off. Now if I could just figure out what black juvenile water bird we saw at a nearby pond (without camera in hand) in early June, my quota of nature mysteries to solve will be filled, for a while at least.