Sunday, March 11, 2012

Another amazing car ride!

We're sad to be leaving Arena Del Mars, but glad to take another long ride with Bernie.  We went back to that pond with all the great stuff, and sure enough there was lots more great stuff there!  Starting with roseate spoonbills.  Gorgeous, right?

Roseate Spoonbills
 But they look like a bunch of doofuses next to the elegant black-necked stilt.
Black-necked Stilt and Roseate Spoonbills
 And they are dwarfed by the huge wood storks!
Wood Stork and Roseate Spoonbill
 There was quite a variety there.  From left to right, a white ibis, great blue heron, wood stork, another white ibis, and snowy egret, and another wood stork.
White Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Wood Stork, Snowy Egret

Adult White Ibis behind Wood Storks
 The brown bird in the grass is a juvenile white ibis.  There were a few there, there were pretty cool-looking!
Juvenile White Ibis behind Wood Storks
Way at the far end were several jacanas.  
Northern Jacanas
 Randomly I caught a black-necked stilt flying.  If I had been trying to get this picture it never would have worked.  :-)
Black-necked Stilt flying
 I love how the snowy egret is flying just above the wood stork that is fluffing its wings.  What a difference!  Also those yellow feet on the egret are awesome!
Snowy Egret flying over Wood Storks
 A tiger heron!  I think this one is a fasciated.
Fasciated (?) Tiger Heron
 A few scarlet macaws flew over, brightening up our day.
Scarlet Macaw Leaving
 Back on the road, and a side trip to check for tiger herons - which we found!  This one might be a bare-throated, might be a juvenile fasciated.
Bare-throated (?) Tiger Heron
 Yeah, I think it's a bare-throated.
Bare-throated (?) Tiger Heron
 Apparently on Sundays they shut down the highway in one direction, and we were free to drive on the other side of the road.  Wheeeeeeee!  :-)
Breaking the Rules

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