After Skye’s morning walk I decided that I needed to take advantage of our beautiful weather, and get some kind of pictures this week, and spend the rest of the day at Nisqually.
The day seemed to being rather propitiously, when I spotted this American Bittern right outside the visitor’s center, the first I’ve managed to get a picture of this year.
Unfortunately, the rest of the day didn’t seem to follow that lead as birds were scarce again. Still, it’s hard not to appreciate a late summer day when the temperature reaches 80º and the sunlight comes streaming down through green leaves.
Still, there were more than a few signs that Fall is near, with many leaves starting to turn brown,
while others are turning brilliant fall-reds.
Finally, on the way back, after covering nearly seven miles I managed to spot several Great Blue Herons that were back feeding at the creeks after the tide finally came in.
Of course, now that breeding season is over Great Blue Herons are nearly as common as crows and Canada Geese so I wasn’t overly excited to be getting yet another picture of them. After three years of shooting them, I’m finding it very difficult to get better shots than I already have filling up my hard drive.
I was surprised, though, to see this male Wood Duck in full breeding colors. I could have sworn that that didn’t take place until Spring.