After exploring the visitor center area we headed on down the road where we encountered a driving loop. It was open and so was our schedule so off we went.
Then she got the photo on the computer and realized that the middle guy or
gal looked ‘different’. That red spot in the ‘ear’ area is the key. This is a
Red-eared Slider. Can’t say we’ve ever seen one before.
O.K. so that was two things that are not birds. Now, on to the birds!
And, speaking of Ibis(eses)... We were pretty excited to see the Glossy Ibis.
Oh, and now to get back to those American Coot feet... The story goes like this...
We were driving the auto tour loop when we saw a bunch of birds in the middle of the road. After getting closer we realized that they were American Coots. Getting even closer we soon realized that this particular group did not seem to care that we were driving a rather large automobile. We were blocked from proceeding so we got out of the van and watched the following display.