Arkansas River Critters

Last Monday I braved the heat for a bike ride on Tulsa’s RiverParks trails bordering the Arkansas River as it flows through town. I took my Canon SuperZoom camera along in a backpack hoping to take some photos.

Great Egret

I found what I think are great egrets. (I’m not a very good birder so if you have better ID I would appreciate it very much.) This one was looking for lunch in the shallow water.

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This nearby group seemed more into grooming than eating.

Great Blue Heron

Further down the river I spotted this great blue heron. They are very skittish and so by the time I stopped my bike, and retrieved the camera from the backpack and focused, this guy was ready to leave.

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Nearby, this group of pelicans were hanging out together.

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I saw something black with a white spot almost clear to the other riverbank. It turns out that it is a bald eagle. The first image of one I have captured in the wild. Sorry about the poor quality but it was at the far range of the camera.

I was pretty happy with my photos. Again, if I have misidentified any of them please let me know.

I’m linking with Eileen’s Saturdays’s Critters.

12 thoughts on “Arkansas River Critters

  1. A ShutterBug Explores

    Beautiful shots of our feathered friends on the Arkansas River ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days `

    A ShutterBug Explores ~
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  2. tomthebackroadstraveller

    …the eagle is my favorite, it’s something that I rarely see here.

  3. Ellen

    I always loved going to Harriman State Park to view the water fowl. You have a really nice variety there too. That bald eagle is an added bonus!

  4. Eileen

    Hello Alan,
    The river looks like a great place for birding, awesome birds and photos.
    I love the the Egrets, Heron , the White Pelicans and the Bald Eagle.
    Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great day and happy new week. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

  5. mae

    I know what you mean about the bird leaving just as you get your camera ready! I have had a canon superzoom for a number of years — I’m on my second model now. The very long extent of the zoom is wonderful, though when it is fully extended, there is a bit of inevitable interference.

    best… mae at

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