Sunny skies, warm temperatures, and a free morning typically add up to one thing -- photo outing! Not feeling like a long drive, I returned to LLELA for the first time in four months. I hoped to see some birds around Bittern Marsh, possibly an armadillo along the Cottonwood Trail, and if I was especially fortunate maybe a bobcat or coyote. Nature, as usual, had other plans.
American White Pelicans and many more gulls and cormorants were taking full advantage of the situation. The pelicans would fly towards the release and land in the rushing water, let themselves be carried downstream for about 50 yards, then repeat.
osprey they were watching on the far side of the river. The raptor eventually decided to look for some lunch, and while the sun being nearly directly overhead kept the bird's underside in shadow I was still able to get a decent capture with manual focus.
armadillo mojo from last year, but didn't see any. I did watch a small herd of deer run off through the trees and saw a beaver swimming in the brackish waters, but didn't get shots of them. The only cooperative subject was a field sparrow who hopped along looking for food, fairly disinterested by my presence.
Three terrific hours out in beautiful weather. LLELA always gives me something unexpected!