Prairie Birding

While late July is typically known as a slower time for birding, the prairies always hold something of interest; whether it be southbound shorebirds heralding the end of summer or frantic parents raising young birds. Here are some of my photos from my latest trip out to the prairies.

Eastern Kingbirds were common throughout the trip with adults feeding their young

Eastern Kingbirds were common throughout the trip with adults feeding their young

Kingbirds were not the only ones feeding young. This Western Meadowlark had food in its beak it was carrying to its chicks

Kingbirds were not the only ones feeding young. This Western Meadowlark had food in its beak it was carrying to its chicks

Raptors need to eat too though and sometimes young birds are easiest to catch; this Merlin had what appeared to be a young Western Meadowlark

Raptors need to eat too though and sometimes young birds are easiest to catch; this Merlin had what appeared to be a young Western Kingbird

The main theme of the day though was the many shorebirds passing through

The main theme of the day though was the many shorebirds passing through

Lesser Yellowlegs were by far the most common shorebird

Lesser Yellowlegs were by far the most common shorebird

However I enjoyed watching the American Avocets the most, as they swept their long curved bills back in forth in the water

However I enjoyed watching the American Avocets the most, as they swept their long curved bills back in forth in the water

In another month, the prairies will look totally different, as will their bird life, demonstrating how truly remarkable this ecosystem really is.

 

About Matthew Sim

A 15 year-old birder and nature photographer, Matthew got caught up in birding in 2009 at the age of 11, buying a digital camera and zoom lens soon after with everything just spiraling downhill from there. He soon got involved with the birding community at home in Calgary, Alberta and expanded his knowledge from there. In the fall of 2011, he moved back to his native Texas for high school and was in due course amazed at the different levels of bird diversity between there and Alberta. Matthew is interested in all aspects of the natural world and is always eager to learn more.

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