Sunday, March 6, 2016

Greater Prairie Chickens and a Barn Owl, Oh, My!


                                                               White-throated Sparrow


                                                                   Great Blue Heron


                                                                Red-winged Blackbird


                                                              Greater Prairie Chickens


                                                                       Barn Owl



This set of photos encompasses three days, and covers material in two counties.

The White-throated Sparrow, the spring variant, was taken on March 5 in the late afternoon.

Great Blue Heron and the Red-winged Blackbird were done on March 1st, a day with 20 mph
wind gusts.

Lastly, the final two were made in Osage County on March 5.  The Greater Prairie Chickens, the
first of the last two photos, was done shortly after sunrise.  The high count of these birds was
eighteen and most of them were observed flying into the leks.  The males were displaying for the females and were a great distance away on the sun side, to make matters even worse.  I had one
shot come out relatively decently, and here it is, with a male displaying his tail feathers for the female, who is behind him.

About a half hour after we left Shidler, this beautiful Barn Owl was located on this creek bank.
Just prior to this sighting, we had investigated an old, abandoned barn, in hopes that a wonderful
bird like this would be found.  As you can see, wishes DO come true.