Horned Grebe... Eagle Creek, Indianapolis, IN.
I spent about 3 hours at Eagle Creek yesterday, 4/4/09. It was clear, calm, and about 60 degrees! I got out my scope, put on my new birding vest (I love my new birding vest), strapped on my binoculars, put my Kaufman guide in one of my many pockets and headed out to walk the entire lakefront. Sounds big hugh? It is actually only about a mile, give or take. However, in birding miles... it takes a while. Stop go, stop go, and so on.
My highlights were Bonaparte's Gull, Red-breasted Merganser, Horned Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Eastern Towhee, Lesser Scaup, and Northern Shoveler.
It was an absolutely GREAT day until I got about 20 feet from my car and my scope slid off my tripod. I can't type the profanities I shouted at that moment but I am certain that I blacked out for a few moments! I believe it will be OK, but, the impact did slightly damage the eyepiece - I can't believe it. I told my good friend about it and he said, "is that the thing that you took to Florida and guarded with your life?" - Yeap!