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Foster Bay Birds‏

May 24th, 2010 · No Comments

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As I drove through South Dakota from the Badlands to the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation on Sunday I noticed a sign along the road, “Foster Bay Public Access, 6 Miles.” My map didn’t show any Foster Bay, but my first thought was “birds.”

So that’s where I stopped. Foster Bay is where a dam forms a lake on the Cheyenne River. The river is the southern boundary of the Indian reservation where I am staying this week.

And like most bodies of water on the prairie, Foster Bay attracts birds.

As I approached the bay I got a glimpse of a colorful bird that I had never seen before. But I didn’t get my camera ready in time for a shot.

When I reached the bay white pelicans were flying over head. I got this shot of one just as it landed:

Landing on the Lake

Landing on the Lake

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Then, as I left, I kept a sharp look out near the area where I spotted the colorful bird earlier. This time I was quick enough. The bird turned out to be a ring-necked pheasant. It happens to be the state bird of South Dakota.

A Ring-necked Pheasant

A Ring-necked Pheasant

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The prairies mean birds. And Foster Bay means some beautiful birds.


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