Snipes and Coyotes

Another bike ride to Terra Nova today. Passing the large group of Mallards and Coots.

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Handsome Mallard male.

American Coot (Fulica americana)

American Coot (Fulica americana)
Focusing on almost-all black birds proved to be challenging for my camera and I resorted to MF to achieve these pictures.

At Steve's Farm, there was something moving in the mud but what was it? Turned out to be a Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata). Not a very sharp image but the bird is camouflaged in the center of the picture.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
At Terra Nova Natural Area, at first I was looking at this heron when I spotted something moving in the background.

Coyotes (Canis latrans)
Turned out to be two Coyotes. The male was trying to hump the female but she seemed to be reluctant and tried to get the male off several times.

Coyotes (Canis latrans)
Then they moved up the field and I saw the third Coyote.

Coyotes (Canis latrans)
The Coyotes looked around and then moved back to where they came from and disappeared in the trees. What an exciting sighting. I haven't seen Coyotes in Terra Nova for a while now.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Continuing with the trail, another heron was closeby.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Birds always look funny looking at them in this perspective.

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
A subadult Bald Eagle perching on someone's backyard.

A dry day, but a bit cloudy with dark clouds in the south.


Local news van. Look at that pole at the back.

What an exciting day seeing the snipe and Coyotes!

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