Sunday morning I was still too worn out from the Friday and Saturday to go very far, so I made a trip to Fullersburg Woods in DuPage County, closer to home. Fullersburg has a range of habitats and the trails are easy to navigate, but the focal point for me in summertime has to be the Salt Creek running through it. It’s a beautiful setting.
I did not expect to see very many species, but I thought perhaps I could get a little closer to a heron or two. My first discovery was not a bird but a Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly. Butterflies are rarer sights this year.
The herons did not disappoint. A few steps along the Salt Creek and I found a Great Egret who was more concerned about its catch than me taking its picture.
Same goes for a juvenile Solitary Sandpiper.
Farther along, the birds were a bit less obvious. Click on the picture below to see if you can find the Green Heron.
I caught up with it later at a much closer range.
And now see if you can find the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo in the photo below.
Mallards are always expected. These were catching morning naps.
Sleeping with one eye open…
At some point this dragonfly decided it wanted to blend in with the trail right in front of me.
The trail that runs along the Salt Creek meets up with Graue Mill to the south where there is a waterfall which supplied the power to run the mill.
The Great Blue Heron that appears at the beginning of this post eventually became tolerant enough of my presence to give me the photo below. I then left him to continue fishing.
Great collection of photos, Lisa. I love them all. I did see the Green Heron, one of my favorites, and also I spotted the Yellow-billed Cuckoo. 🙂
Thanks, Bob! And thanks for taking my “quiz”… There were more shots of the Cuckoo but they were all various pieces. Even if I had photoshop I couldn’t have made a whole bird. 🙂
In my experience, it is hard to get a wide open shot of the cuckoo. They keep themselves pretty much back in the branches. I have been lucky a time or two to catch one more open..
Very nice series of photos Lisa, seems like you had a lot of fun! 🙂
Thanks, HJ! Yeah, there was no mad dash after birds I could hear but not see…just enjoying a beautiful day. 🙂
The egret was particularly nice.
Thank you! Yes I was kind of surprised how unflustered he was by my presence; I felt almost guilty about it.
Great heron pictures! That Green Heron was certainly ver well disguised! I loved the photographs illustrating camouflage.
Thanks! Normally we tend to throw out pictures when you can’t see the bird…but I figured I’d work it in somehow since it happens all too often. 🙂