The male is striking, while the female looks quite toned down, but still adorable. They are noted for their large beaks.
Mama and Papa were slowly walking their new brood to the lake. The babies kept stopping and sitting. The parents were so proud, attentive, and patient. – Pokegan State Park, Indiana
Kankakee Sands is a restoration area in Indiana on acres that once was covered with one of the largest lakes in the State, Beaver Lake. Around 100 years ago part of the lake was in Illinois and a businessman (from IL) who owned land on the lake decided to drain this huge body of water. And he did, effectively removing the migrating path for many water birds and did untold damage to the ecosystem as the land was turned into farmland.
The Nature Conservancy has purchased a large portion of this land and is working to return it to native prairie and marshland. They have also introduced a small herd of buffalo, which are a part of the natural prairie.
It is a beautiful work in progress. What amazed me the most were the amount of grasshoppers and crickets. Take a step and the “grass” for about two feet in front of your foot raises and flies. You can hear the wings. But the variety of butterflies and plants are amazing.
It is Fall warbler migration season in Indiana. This American Redstart seems a bit testy.
I love Great White Egrets – taking their photo is a huge challenge though. White tends to wash out so easily. — Hueston Woods, Ohio
The snail was there first, then this couple stopped by.
The young Nuthatch wants all the peanuts. Decision making is a very difficult skill to master.