Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday September 2, 2012
It has been a beautiful week at Boomer Lake, as the early mornings have been pleasant with temperatures in the mid-70’s. One wants to be inside after that, as the heat creeps up rapidly.
On the way back home a few mornings ago, I saw a Great Egret battling with something in the water, so naturally, I went closer to investigate. Now, don’t tell me that fish and birds are stupid, for I can tell you first hand, that they raise Cain, just as many of us do when the mood strikes. Here are the pictures to prove it, too. If you have ever seen a fish swim around a bird like this, and the bird gives chase, that shows a little intelligence, as well as some degree of hunger. But what does the fish have to gain? This fish was so large, heavy, and slippery, the Great Egret was having trouble getting a purchase on it. It was the most comical thing that I had seen in a long time, and the show lasted a good twenty minutes.
We Like Trees
This morning was a remarkable day at the lake. There were a couple of dozen egrets here-and-there, and I managed to get seven of them in one photo, but they were rather spread out. Here’s four of them together, and they are not spaced apart in such a manner to look so small that one cannot recognize them.
Here's another four of them in a tree, though there also happened to be seven up there, too. Roosting seems to be quite a pastime around here, as I usually see a few egrets or herons up in the trees every day that I am out at the lake. Granted, it gives them a good view of things, plus they can likely tell if there is something approaching that threatens their well being.
Don't Forget Red
The Northern Cardinals were also out this morning and in fairly close proximity, which usually doesn’t happen too often. Luckily, I also saw this beautiful juvenile male that is filling out nicely. Many people are impressed by this bird, especially in the winter. It is always nice to see a beautiful red presence in the midst of snow or ice, and that proves to be one of the prettiest backgrounds for them.
Mallards and Eclipse Plumage
The Mallard males are still recovering from their eclipse phase, though they are fully flighted and have been for a few weeks now. The eclipse plumage is very dull looking, similar to that of the female. Many male ducks briefly molt in summer. In Oklahoma, some of them are getting their green head feathers back, and will soon have that striking color that they had right around the time that the young hatched from their eggs.
This concludes the sightings on Boomer Lake for the week, as we rapidly progress through most of the summer and fall begins to beckon us closer. I anxiously await the fall lineup of ducks, and perhaps I will be fortunate enough to see some soon, especially since they should be in the company of their entire family, including the recently flighted young. Remember to keep your eyes on the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding until next week.