Avocet in the rain
I can see sandhill cranes far away, over in Vela's fields that border the reservoir near the dam. Magnification up... probably close to 100.
I move the spotting scope a bit to check the plowed fields nearer the road... another 50 or so. A nice bunch of cranes in this awful weather! But my hands are cold — where are my gloves? Oh, in the other coat! Up with the window.
I drive down to the causeway so that I can see the reservoir's western shore since our cranes have been sheltering there from the winds. Check with the binoculars, but it's hard to see with the rain all over the windshield. Down with the window again. Up with the spotting scope and I scan the shore line ... avocet!
A dripping wet avocet! He's trying to feed by sweeping that long, needle-like bill across the water's surface. Down goes the head and the bill sweeps across the water. But then up comes the head and the bird shakes its head about.
I ponder: What's happening to my bird? With ducks and shorebirds, the water is supposed to be underneath them. When the avocet lowers its head, the rain water must be running down its neck toward its head! Magnification up. My bird tries to feed again, but the rain is coming down harder! And a huge gust of wind stirs the shallow water into mud! Now the bird raises its head and shakes vigorously! I can see the water droplets being flung about. It makes me think of a wet dog coming into the house!
But the wind and the rain force me to roll up the car window. I turn on the windshield wipers and through the rain I can barely see my bird. No food today. My avocet's only option is to just stand and endure.blog comments powered by Disqus