We saw many great birds, but I didn’t take any great bird photos. I have a few snapshots to share, however, and where better to start than with a singing marsh wren?
No, this is not Michigan weather. I could have titled this “Klaus’s World,” because he was kind enough to share his time with me last week when I was too briefly in Orlando. This shows the temperature in the car as we left Gatorland after an afternoon of birds and photography.
Yes, 104 is hot, but the birds are worth it. Everything Klaus has told you about Gatorland over at Virtua Gallery is true. I had wonderful, close views of nests, eggs, fledglings, juveniles, and adult birds. I’ll have more Gatorland photos to share after I finish the North Dakota posts, but here’s a few samples.
Here are just some of the wonderful people who were with me June 9-13 at the Potholes and Prairies Birding Festival in Carrington, North Dakota. Flock members and fellow bloggers in attendance were Lynne (Hasty Brook), Kathi (Katdoc’s World), Julie (Julie Zickefoose on Blogspot), and Bill (Bill of the Birds). It was great to see friends from last year’s New River Birding and Nature Festival as well as make new friends that I hope to see again at future events – you know who you are, but I’m not naming names because I know I’ll accidentally leave some one off the list and totally embarrass myself.
Sincere and enthusiastic thanks are due to local festival organizers and guides Ann, Ernie, Paulette, Stacy, and Alex as well as to expert bus driver and bird spotter Bob.
Upcoming posts will have more about the festival, birds, birders, and North Dakota. If you were there and I missed you, leave a comment and let me know! If you weren’t, put it on your calendar for next year. It’s a great event and one every birder should attend at least once.