A wide-open schedule today meant a chance to get out for a quick photo hike. Destination: the Colleyville Nature Center, which proved to be more difficult to find than I'd anticipated. My car navigation system didn't recognize the name, and my iPhone decided to become a miniature iPad today and lose the ability to receive phone service. I ended up stopping at the North Richland Hills Library so I could connect to their WiFi and get a street address. Turned out I'd only overshot the park by a few miles, which I was grateful for.
much lower than normal.
Mallard wasn't as asleep as she first appeared.
Double-Breasted Cormorant party! I'd first assumed from a distance that these were vultures and almost didn't bother getting closer. Then one flew overhead and I recognized my mistake.
Northern Shovelers and American Wigeons as well as this Lesser Scaup, who actually swam close enough to where I was shooting the cormorants for me to turn and get a decent shot of him.
Great Blue Heron did some pond-hopping, always staying tantalizingly out of range of letting me get a really good shot.
Great Egret did me the favor of a slow, gliding fly-by right over my head. Thanks, Great Egret!
Fox Squirrel. I hope the babies are doing well!
Northern Cardinal shot I'm happy with, I'm going to make Downy Woodpeckers my next target. I see them all the time, but haven't gotten a great capture yet. You're on my list...
I spent about 2 1/2 hours wandering their three miles of trails. It's an interesting little suburban oasis, pretty packed with wildlife given its proximity to development. A satisfying sojourn, for sure!