Since mid-August my right knee has been hurting--not bad enough to go to urgent care somewhere, but enough that when we got settled here in Arizona, I made an appointment with our doctor to see what is wrong. With orders for an MRI, this morning we drove to the Banner Gilbert Imaging facility. Guess what? I forgot to bring the doctor's orders and since it is Saturday, they weren't able to get it directly from that office. I have rescheduled for Monday.
We decided to try and make the best of the situation so we went walking at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, a place we have been many times.
The preserve was packed with families with children and others but we still saw a lot of birds. With no wind, I was able to capture some amazing reflections.
The biggest surprise was seeing this roseate spoonbill. Since it likes to feed in salt marshes, Arizona is not it's normal habitat. We weren't sure how it got here. A couple of women birdwatchers said it must have gotten lost. It belongs in Florida or along the Texas Gulf Coast.
We saw many black-necked stilts. They look like they are wearing a tuxedo, don't they.