Thursday, April 22, 2010

A New County Record!

Early on Wednesday morning I got an email that someone had found a rare bird at a local park that is rarely birded. I quickly got ready, grabbed my binoculars and camera and headed out the door. I checked the area where the bird was originally seen with no luck so I headed on to another area of the park. As I rounded a corner, there it was. A Black-bellied Whistling-Duck was actively feeding. I snapped off several shots for documentation and then watched it for another 30 minutes. I called a few other birders and a couple of them headed over to see the bird.

This is the first time that this species has ever been seen in Hamilton County. It is really an unlikely place for it to show up based on the number of people that visit the park. The bird was somewhat skittish but I do think that it will hang around for at least a few more days!

Below are a couple of the pictures that I took:

Tomorrow I am off to Florida for a few days. Hopefully I will have lots of awesome pictures to share when I get back on Tuesday!

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Cool! I just saw one of these little guys last month in Florida. Who knew one would show up so close to home! Great capture...