The locals call them beach geese...
That makes me jealous, Art! Way cool.
Speaking of birds, I got to see a common loon close up for the first time ever yesterday.... only ever seen one once before that, and it was a LONG ways away. This dude was at a local lake yesterday. They are rarely seen in Kansas, and most of the time our "oddball" birds show IP in mid-winter after a nasty storm to the north. So this was a real treat! I watched him for maybe 30-40 minutes as close as maybe 40 yards away!
The Green Hornet strikes again!!!
If it makes you feel better I am jealous of the mature plumage you get to chase there. Our waterfowl are mostly gone South before they prime up. I literally bought bronze mallard several times this winter!
Loons are common here and watching them herding schools of just-stocked rainbows in local lakes is an amazing thing. They will catch and swallow several before coming to the surface.
Nice images of some Emperor Geese. Rarely see them south of Alaska.
Darn hotel internet; can't get the photos to download. I'll thank you now for posting them although it's probably going to be 10 days 'till I can see them.
Gee, traveling thru Nebraska these last two months, Traci and I have been flabergasted at the number of sandhill cranes, snow geese, and canada geese we have seen. We know that this time of year is MAJOR migration time, but it seems as though there are more birds this year. Maybe we are just spotting more than we usually do. Spent two days last week at the Roe Sanctuary just south of Kearney, yea in the ice storms, and heard some mind boggling numbers that actually go thru that area.