Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Sky Full of Birds (and why they flew)

1. Flying egrets-kab Cattle Egrets 11-23-12 near the Salton Sea

On the Friday after Thanksgiving when so many people are at the store shopping I am standing at the edge of an agricultural field in the Imperial Valley of California near the southeast corner of the Salton Sea. My husband has brought me here as a special treat to see birds and I am not disappointed! We found a field full of egrets, ibises and curlews, and as I stood watching they all suddenly took wing and filled the sky!

2. lift off-kab A sky full of birds


3. flight-kab 

4. cattle egret-kab Cattle Egret in flight


5. why the sky-kab So, why did they fly?


6. peregrine-kabBecause a juvenile Peregrine Falcon is swooping over the field of birds!


7. sky full of birds-kab 

8. egrets and ibis-kab Cattle Egrets and ibis.


9. peregrine-kab The young Peregrine made another pass but never caught a bird.


10. circling-kab The birds circled around, then settle down once again.



  1. Awesome shots, Kathie! I like your sky full of birds. Great sighting! Happy Birding and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

  2. A falcon or hawk is enough to get any birds' heart pumping but everybody has to eat.

    I'd rather be birding than stuck in a shopping mall any day.

  3. How wonderful Kathie! I love seeing flocks of birds, it gives me a rush.

    Happy Holidays

  4. wow! gorgeous shots! so many birds!! a sky-ful is nice!!

    BE merry!! have a joyful christmas & new year!

  5. What a wonderful place to go and how nice your hubby is :-) Lovely photos! Merry Christmas!

  6. What a lovely sight that must have been. Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to you all Kathie.

  7. Wonderful post, Kathie. Love the delicate colors and shapes! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  8. Awesome flight photos Kathie! I love the shadows that are cast on the Cattle Egrets.


Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.