I decided to try Palisades West Trail again although I dislike the hike as it goes down to the water and you have to walk back up but it does have a wider array of wildlife.
Found this Red-Bellied Woodpecker at the bottom of the trail by the waters edge. It took me a bit to find him/her in the trees and had to wait for him/her to move from the back of the tree into the light.
When I see a flying bird, I like to hone my tracking and focusing skills
The river is wide where I was standing and I saw this Kingfisher flying in the middle of the river and thought I would take his picture just to see how well my lense worked from that distance on such a small subject.
I was looking down stream when out of the corner of my eye, I noticed this Great Blue Heron flying by. I was able to quickly track him and get this shot before it flew too far away.
Sitting in the middle of the river were these Cormorants sunning themselves.