May 2, 2018 Cheyenne Bottoms, Kansas

Kansas Storm
Kansas Storm

Great Blue Heron and Scary Weather

I had planned to depart Cheyenne Bottoms for Nebraska Monday morning but decided to stay put when the weather forecast called for 40 mph winds with higher gusts during the afternoon. It is no fun traveling in the motorhome and battling winds that strong, and besides, I don’t really have to be anywhere at any particular time, so I remained here and drove out into the refuge and looked for something to shoot.

Great Blue Heron Catching Catfish
Great Blue Heron Catching Catfish

That something turned out to be this Great Blue Heron ( GBH ). I found him at the same outflow I had been shooting Snowy Egrets the day before ( those images coming next post ).

Great Blue Heron with Catfish
Great Blue Heron with Catfish

He nabbed this catfish and waded out away from shore a bit.

Great Blue Heron with Catfish
Great Blue Heron with Catfish

As usual with these guys, he agonized over swallowing a fish this size and must have played with it for about five minutes, dropping it then spearing it, turning it, flipping it, etc.

Otter
Otter

While I was concentrating on the GBH, out of the reeds came an Otter! He was moving too quickly for me to get any good shots and disappeared as fast as he showed up.

A Frightening Night Storm

Kansas Storm
Kansas Storm

When this area was put under a tornado watch late yesterday afternoon, I figured I had made a good decision to stay put and not travel farther north.

Kansas Storm
Kansas Storm

The area only seven miles north of here was given a tornado warning at 5:30. That warning extended up to the area I was heading for before I made the decision to stay put.

Kansas Storm
Kansas Storm

These storm shots were taken just after it turned dark and were the most impressive and scary lightning displays I have ever witnessed. The sky to the north was was filled with lightning, cloud to cloud as well as bolts to the ground. The lightning was constant for over an hour and a half! The forecast called for two inch hail and damaging winds in this storm.

Here at Cheyenne Bottoms, the sky was clear and filled with stars, but the scene to the north looked terrifying. I guess I made a good decision, and will be heading north towards Alma, Nebraska today.

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