We enjoyed a very short but pleasant visit with L and her friend Dexter. Dexter entertained us with his prowess fetching his ball from the Inlet at St Amants:
Soft mouth (until arrival on land, where the ball gets “massaged”).
A while later we saw an American Bittern hunting along the shore. I missed getting a picture of it catching a dragonfly out of the air.
Classic “tall” pose.
Swallowing. It was eating some little black spheres, size of a pea, that it found in the water.
Stalking with outstretched (very long!!) foot.
Stretching a wing
That was a nice opportunity to watch the birdie in action.
Then on to the milkweed patch …
Bumble Bees were active
As were the Monarchs.
Great spangled fritillary
I photographed this birdie at the top of a dead jackpine, against the sun. Long ways away and difficult exposure. My only shot before it flew away. I have never seen such a birdie before. Perhaps it is a Black-throated Green Warbler?
Similar difficult shooting situation. At first I though it was one of the family of Broad Winged Hawks in the area.
But then I noticed the tail. It might be a Juvenile Red Shouldered Hawk, but I think not.
8:58 PM EDT, Big Lake:
A nice day, topped by my niece’s visit.