Went up to Montezuma last week expecting to find a lot of shorebirds starting their fall migration. They had missed the message, but I found an unexpected bit of beauty on the main pool.
The edges of the marsh were dotted with beautiful pink.
Lovely, isn't it? Swamp Rose-Mallow. Belongs in the Hibiscus family. Take a close look.
The day wasn't a total miss. Also saw this Great Blue Heron come up with a rather sizable Bullhead.
Looks like a pretty tenuous hold to me. It must have a strong clamp. I wanted to see how he could handle this catfish's barbs, but the heron retreated into the cattails. Seems close to the limit of what he can swallow.