OK, so I'm making myself a quick sandwich for lunch and I glance out the window and I see this bird on my backyard fence. And I think to myself, "Self, what the heck is that?" It's a rather large bird, not like duck-sized but larger than I'm used to seeing around the neighborhood. It looks young and acts tentative. I watch it for a moment or so and then I notice there's a second one nearby. I grabbed my cell phone which was the only camera I had with me and I took a couple quick shots. They seemed to be content to just be hanging out where they were so I thought, "What the heck, run for the D!"
Much to my delight I managed to grab my 60D, put on my long zoom lens, and get back down to the kitchen in time to get off some more shots. Here is one with its neck extended. You can really see the speckled throat here.
Then the one joined the other on the fence rail and the two of them posed nicely for a picture. I actually managed to take about 30 quick pics of them before they flew off into a tree. Wouldn't you know it, I took my Michigan bird guide back to St Joe last weekend. I did a quick search on the internet, and then another, and another. I can't figure out what kind of birds these are. Any guesses?
(BTW, these particular pics were taken with The D not my cell phone. ;-)