We had to sit on a certain corner, where there was not a spot of brush, and sit silently.
Suddenly Noam pointed smiling into the air, we could hear the soft calls of this beautiful but elusive bird. They landed a few feet in front of OUR feet, and we remained motionless, although the smiles plastered on our faces and looks towards the birds and each other, were unavoidable. My heart was leaping out of my chest, and I could hardly contain myself. We were able to get good looks at the beautiful markings of the male, and saw just how quickly his two female companions disappeared into the sandy gravel, as they sat motionless. They only took a couple of sips of water, not more than three, which surprised me. Then they walked a bit upward, towards the levee road, called, and flitted out of sight. It seemed an endless encounter, almost a spiritual encounter, with one of God's special creatures; and yet it was just a few moments. I will never need a camera for this, for this moment has been imprinted on my heart and brain, and will always be a part of me. This kind of spectacular encounter truly changes you, and makes you hungry for more........more birds, more of nature, and a greater desire to protect what is theirs, not ours.