I found this Common Nighthawk nesting on one of the rooftops at Pioneer in Johnston. A recently-hatched baby (1-2 days old) is underneath it. 07-03-08
It seemed like everytime I checked on it without my camera the baby would be out. But when I got my camera the baby would be back under it! 07-03-08
I got lucky on this day and the baby (5-6 days old) was out. 07-07-08
5-6 day old baby Common Nighthawk 07-07-08
At lunchtime the baby was out but had its back turned to me! 07-07-08
When I checked back in the afternoon the baby was underneath again. 07-07-08
You can see part of the fluffy baby sticking out of the right side. 07-07-08
The baby is getting bigger and harder to keep underneath. 07-10-08
It's finally starting to look like a nighthawk at 14-15 days old. 07-16-08
17-18 days old and it's finally starting to get a tail!
Yellow-breasted Chat at Riverton WMA, Fremont Co. 07-04-08
Zebra Swallowtail at Waubonsie SP, Fremont Co. 07-04-08
Red-tailed Hawk at Neal Smith NWR, Jasper Co. 07-05-08
Fox Snake at Neal Smith NWR, Jasper Co. 07-05-08
Steve Dinsmore found this adult Laughing Gull at Saylorville Reservoir, Polk Co. 07-11-08
Laughing Gull upperwing pattern. 07-11-08
Laughing Gull underwing, bill, and eye arcs. 07-11-08
Grasshopper Sparrow in Union Co. 07-12-08
Young Tiger Salamander we found in Union Co. 07-12-08
Black-billed Cuckoo at Riverton WA, Fremont Co. 07-12-08
Steve Dinsmore, Keith Dyche, and I went out into Forney Lake to try to document nesting ibis. The cattails were thick! 07-12-08
I believe this is the second documented nesting of White-faced Ibis in Iowa. Keith originally discovered this.
White-faced Ibis nestling at Forney Lake, Fremont Co. 07-12-08
These White-faced Ibis nestlings were a little older.
Black-crowned Night-Heron nest at Forney Lake, Fremont Co. 07-12-08
Out in the cattails we had 43+ ibis and 50+ Night-Herons flying around us. It provided great opportunities for photos. So I took a bunch!
Scanning through the groups, Steve picked out a Glossy Ibis. Left is immature White-faced, middle is adult White-faced, and right is adult Glossy.
Adult White-faced and adult Glossy Ibis.
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron
White-faced Ibis with a Glossy Ibis (second one down)