Sunday, August 12, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • August 12

Belted Kingfisher. It was a cloudy day with rain threatening. However, sometimes such conditions are the best for spotting wildlife. They seem more comfortable being in the open when the lighting is subdued. Though I still had to peek through foliage, this kingfisher was a tiny bit more obliging of the camera than usual.

Belted Kingfisher. Despite the makeshift and spontaneous photographic blind I was using, the bird, of course, was still quite aware of my presence, even at a distance and from the opposite bank of the creek.

Belted Kingfisher. This is clearly a juvenile with all the brown in its upper belt under its throat, as well as the presence of the partial lower rufous belt.

Belted Kingfisher

Mallard. A small raft of Mallards are starting to build up on the creek.

Mallard. It always seems to me that Mallards have an enigmatic Mona Lisa kind of smile.

Solitary Sandpiper. The sandpipers are still a regular presence along the creek at this time.

Solitary Sandpiper

Orange Sulphur

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary. I don't seem to get a lot of shots of underneath the wings, so I was pretty happy to get one today.