What a great morning I spent at the Rio Grande yesterday! After the first autumn rainfalls the river has water again and therefore is for many birds a good source of food and resting place. Dozens of mallards …
… took pleasure in feeding with lush green:
Also the first Lapwings had arrived:
In place of the many small songbirds as Chaffinches, European Goldfinches and Wagtails, here this sweet Titlark, which felt caught off guard:
Also two Kingfishers dashed upon the river; but instead bravely sitting down on one of the raised hides, they disappeared in dense trees. More patient with me in my 'camo tent' "car" was this Green Sandpiper, which …
… as cool as you please went foraging in front of my nose:
And also the Common Snipe, which I had discovered behind the stone at a time came out of its hide. These beautiful birds had no idea, how happy I had been to be able to observe them from that close!
A little bit more upstream these Herons were busy with jealously chasing each other:
Two Grey Herons were totally besides themselves! The reason? Well,…
… together they led off the fight against one of the three present Great White Egrets!
But this one unfortunately didn't let them disturb him:
Not even the landings on water left any impression:
And also here the Great White Egret was not on the run, but …
… showed us its hunting skills in the water:
"Just get lost, you envader! This is OUR river!" The attacking flights of the Grey Herons got more and more perkily:
But for the Grey Heron the day should become even more annoying, but for me even nore beautiful, because a jeep further up braked and by that had flushed a flock of Black Storks, which I had not seen until the moment:
And they directly came flown into my direction!
And as one of these shy guys landed in front of me, I was the happiest birder in the worldl! This dream lasted only a few moments, because the group of Black Storks decided to fly upstream. But dreams don't last forever! One can only be most happy when it at least happens!