Back in the spring, I think I had 187 birds on my life list, and I remember saying that I wanted to make 200 by the end of the year. Being the novice that I am, I thought that was a reasonable goal. Well, heck, today I registered number 214. Gee whiz, and there are still two months to go.
Ann and I were able to spend an extra few hours at O. C. Fisher Lake this morning. We have been busy with some other tasks so our birding was put on the back burner for a few days.
Anyway, at the boat ramp I had set up my camera with the 500mm lens on it. Ann had her spotting scope on her tripod. She looked at an adjacent shoreline and exclaimed that she had spotted a Black-bellied Whistling Duck. It was pretty far away. I could see a bit of it through my camera lens, so I tried to get an image. After bringing it home, and downloading it to the computer, then looking at Sibley’s book, I found that it was a Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons). Here is the photograph, taken from about a quarter-mile away.
Greater White-fronted Goose
In addition while we were there, we spotted winter migratory new comers Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) and Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna).
I hope you have enjoyed the photos. Click on either one for an enlargement.