“We like to praise birds for flying. But how much of it is actually flying, and how much of it is just sort of coasting from that last flap?”
Just returned from a one week photo trip to Southwest Oklahoma – with the destination being Hackberry Flat Wetlands.
The wetlands area includes several canals which draw in shorebirds & ducks. The wildlife department has done a nice
job of leaving tall grasses between most of the canals and the road, which makes viewing easy from your auto.
The grasses also make a nice blind for photography. I was very happy to come away with half way decent shots of those listed in
the title…and a few more.
- White Faced Ibis
- Black-necked Stilt (It had a broken wing.) :-(
- Dowitchers (Long Billed or Short Billed or Both. I still have trouble telling them apart.)
- Sandpipers (Least, Western, Semipalmated & Pectoral)
- Egrets (Great White, Cattle, Snowy)
- Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Juvenile)
- Great Blue Heron
- Yellowlegs (Lesser & Greater – I think) ;-)
- Pied-billed Grebes
- Ducks (Including Blue Winged Teal & Green Winged Teal)
- Northern Harrier
- Red Tailed Hawk
- Prairie Falcon
- American Kestral
- Red Wing Blackbirds
- Cliff Swallows
- Doves (Mourning & Eurasian)
- Loggerhead Shrike
If you enjoy birding , I suggest you visit the Hackberry Flat Wetlands. Migration season is upon us and now is a good time to see some unusual species. I’m just as sure that Spring would be a great time to visit.
And if you’re looking for a place to camp while you’re in the area, Great Plains State Park dishes out a fantastic sunset. :-)