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Sunday Morning at Theler

We just had one and a half days of sunshine, and Leslie and I took full advantage of them.  On Sunday morning we went to Theler Wetlands — where the forecast sunshine didn’t manifest itself, but at least it didn’t rain on us.

The overcast skies made it nearly impossible to capture these two Bald Eagles in flight, but they seemed nearly inseparable, landing and sitting together for long periods of time.

I suspect the eagles’ constant flybys scared away many of the ducks because we didn’t see nearly as many as usual, but the small flock of Green-Winged Teal was remarkably close to the pair.

Spring must be in the air because the eagles weren’t the only ones paired up.  This pair of Canada Geese was loudly letting other Canada Geese know that this area was already claimed so they should move on.

Birding seemed a little slower than usual, but if you listened intently enough you can always find songbirds like this Black-Capped Chickadee nearby.

The highlight of the morning for me was the Kestrel that Leslie spotted just as we were leaving the refuge.  I hesitated to take the picture because the sun was behind the Kestrel and the sky was so gray, but Lightroom and Photoshop helped to pull the colors out in the photo.