*(Special Note to my real-time friends: Sorry to be late with my post and Yes, I fell asleep at my desk! I was having my FIRST measured rainfall of April 2013- Anyway, a couple of years ago, my 84yr old cousin in Houston, called me up and filed a complaint that he did not have his blog for his coffee! I explained that I was not the Houston Chronicle, I was just me, his cuz, and I do not have a complaint department! He informed me not to let it happen again and hung up! So, to my friends on the other side of the world who are having coffee: Sorry!) To anybody else coming by in the future: Anytime you arrive here will be the Right Time!
Welcome to Rainbow Creek!
CATCH OF THE DAY: SNAKEBIRD
I was hiking through the woods to the wide part of Rainbow Creek to see if any Spring Migration Birds had arrived yet. Bird Migration is divided into two time zones now. One is before BP, the other is after BP. Before BP there were thousands of water birds here as you can see in my Picasa Web Albums or G+Photo Albums. There have not been any, as in not one single bird, after BP. Out of habit, I am compelled to go look!
You never now what You Might See
On this day, rain was strongly indicated and cloud cover was suffocating, then presto, like magic, the clouds opened up and went away. Hooray, a magic sunny afternoon. With the anticipation of a child, I went running through the woods, down the creek in search of the gold at the end of the Rainbow. When I got to where I could see the water, my trained eyes quickly scanned the top of the water for any prize. Suddenly a flicker of light across the way, but in the dimming light and distance away, I could not tell what it was. I increased my pace and got halfway to the shore. I saw a big and golden light moving, but could not identify anything. Like the old granny that I am, I forgot the binoculars. I only had the camera because it was attached to my neck! This was out of range of my camera, but I zoomed in anyway hoping to identify what bird it must be. Whatever it is, It is big. These are the shots before he flew:
Even when I got this close, I had no idea what I was seeing!
He looked like a huge snake with wings!
He Takes Off in black and white
Finally, I made it to here the shore. He is directly across the way in the shadow indention to the left of center. He flew into a tree not being lit by the setting sun. These are what I got:
A Snake with Feathers:
I had no idea what bird this is, but he is among the King of Kings of his tribe. You know by now who knew-----Google Knew!
Google Index to the Rescue in Bird Identification!
Google You Tube to the Rescue with vids of the Snakebird!
(disclaimer: I do not work for Google or Receive any $ from Google. They do not currently have a position available for birdbrains! I am hoping for a personal computer electric car to be delivered, it is probably in the mail).
From the Google Index:
|Male in Costa Rica|
|Female in Florida, USA|
A. a. anhinga
A. a. leucogaster
|Distribution map. Brighter red indicates breeding only range.|
Distribution and migration
Physical description and taxonomy
Conservation statusThe Anhinga is protected in the US under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. The number of individual anhingas has not been estimated but they are considered to be of least concern because of the frequency of their occurrence in their 15,000,000 km2 (5,800,000 sq mi) global range.
Video Lineup from Google You Tube Site:
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time. Now Fly Away with your one more great performance!