Perhaps the question should be, “Where are you shopping this second weekend of December?” But those of you feeling the pressure of the holiday season breathing down your neck should take heart… you still have a couple of weeks left to get things done! So are you going to ignore the insanity of commercialism and get out this weekend? If so, will you be watching birds? Comment below on the excitement you have planned!
This weekend is the Rochester Christmas Bird Count but, alas, I’m afraid that I won’t be able to participate. What I will try to do is recount the third act in my terrific three-owl triptych this past week. Corey is excited to finally be birding in Queens again, in preparation no doubt for the coming NYC CBC. Charlie, poor Charlie, is hoping to be hospitalized by the weekend so he won’t have to deal with his flu at home.
Whatever you do this weekend, make time to enjoy Sky Watch Friday…
If you’re inordinately lucky (or lost!) you might see a Black-headed Ibis overhead
(To find out where in the world Charlie spotted this cracker, come back tomorrow!)
This weekend I hope to FINALLY see a Red-whiskered Bulbul. I’ve chased this bird in its stomping grounds too many times. So I’m going to let the good folks at Tropical Audubon find it for me on their Exotics field trip.
Maybe one of these weekends I won’t go to Miami-Dade but for now, it’s worth it to make the trip down.
Love your beautiful capture. Happy sky watch Friday.. Hope you can visit my entry too.
In my part of the world, I would never see a bird like that. Thanks you your blog, it’s like I’ve seen one, too! =)
My SWF posts are here and here. Hope you can stop by if you can, it’ll be very much appreciated. Happy weekends!
Wow, I’d been looking forward to a leisurely morning at Catalina State Park, just north of Tucson, but now I just may take off for Sumatra and cross my fingers for an ibis!
Very strange. I think I have seen photos of them before, but none of those were flying. Maybe that is why it looks so odd.
Thanks for sharing!
This is a fine capture of a Black-headed Ibis.
I live in Palm Springs,CA, so if I really want to see one of those
Ibis then I’ll have to drive 2 hrs to go to Salton Sea. But my passion
for birds right now is hummingbirds and especially catching them in flight. I went to SE Arizona for my first major hummingbird shoots this past summer and I captured 9 species of hummers. I want to go back there again. 🙂
Right now,I’m expanding my collections to other birds and yesterday,
I captured Cassin’s Kingbird and a Red-shouldered hawk.My next target will be Cedar Waxwings. I saw them but I haven’t been able to get a good shot,yet.
In my city, Bangalore, second Sunday of every month is our regular birding introductory outing to the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens. It’s been happening since the mid 1970’s and hopefully will continue for a lot more second Sundays.
Very nice photos. Have a nice weekend and happy SkyWatch from Norway :o)
I Very much enjoyed your beautiful photo. Love the bird.
Have a great sky watch week.
Mid Missouri. USA
Hi all – glad you like the photo. For those of you who were wondering where it was taken, I photographed it last week at Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary in southern India. It may look a little like a Wood Stork or American White Ibis, but the Black-headed Ibis is only found in south and south-east Asia – if you’re a US resident you’ll need to travel a good long way to see one I;m afraid!
what an awesome shot..what more can i say…loved it.
Gorgeous photo. Birds really are fascinating. I’ve enjoyed watching the little guys outside my house of Spring and Summer, but visitors are pretty scarce here at the moment except for crows.
If one of these flies overhead, I won’t be birding, I’ll be hosting the local Audubon society. No, I’ll be hosting birders from everywhere in the US. and Canada.
Great shot. We have black headed Ibis here in South Australis grazing, or rather aerating the fields. Lovely capture on the wing.
This is an exciting week for me birdwise. I participated in the Carara Christmas Count over the weekend and had a fantastic, albeit long, day with 151 species for our team (still waiting on final count total). AND this upcoming weekend is the OTS La Selva count which although typically raining jaguars and bush dogs is always exciting. During the week, I will longingly gaze up at the mountains from the office window.