Monday, May 28, 2018

Painted Turtles

I am used to seeing a first spring Painted Turtle sometime in April, however I think that the flooding we have had this spring was a negative influence to the turtles crawling up out of the very, very deep water to sun themselves  There was very little on or near the water's surface for them to rest upon while sunning themselveson land or a rock.  Now that the waters have gone down I am able to detect a shiny shell now and then in the sun's glare and this weekend I got pictures of turtles climbing out of the water to a land surface. In the picture below are three painted turtles.  You can easily see two turtles coming out of the water,  but search for the third and you can see its head just showing above the water near the bottom right of the picture Its about an inch  to the left of the turtle  to the far right. Today I shall return to that location and look for it again.

The Painted turtle is very colourful, thus its name.  Below as the turtle crawls out from the water you can see some if its red markings on its shell and the yellow striping on its head and neck!
Looking for another sunny day today which will create the right conditions for more Painted turtle hunting.
Have a wonderful day everyone!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Three Eagles along the River.

I missed my opportunity of a best photo as I saw an Eagle standing in the river.  It flew away at my approach to the observation deck but as it flew upward it was like an explosion of Eagles as others seemed to burst from the tress bordering the river bank there.  I panned what movement I could and was surprised at my downloading the picture included here.  I had not been aware of the two Eagles perched on the branch until later.  In this photo I had panned the eagle flying by the branch as I tried to keep track of its movements.  There were at least three, and I think more Eagles present at the river this morning around 7 a.m. I shall visit there again today more than one return trip.  Its a lovely sunshiny day today  and I shall enjoy it with my camera.

A fox, an early morning hunter.

We have been waiting and watching and hoping to get a photo of a Red fox this spring. This morning was my opportunity.  Just as I was leaving the location  in my car, I looked up and saw this fox.  As it was moving quite quickly

I panned its movements the best I could through my car window!
Now that I am aware of its presence at this location I shall visit there daily being hopeful of another photo opportunity of this beautiful wild creature that lives and roams in our community.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Brown-headed Cowbird

Although seeing the male of a bird species first makes

making an id of a female  of the species much easier as the male  often has the more distinctive, outstanding features as in the brown head of a male Brown-headedCowbird.  However, yesterday this lone bird appeared in bird Alley without seeming to have a male companion.  I am identifying this bird as a female Brown-head Cowbird and  today I am anticipating the arrival of a male Cowbird!
I havewn't checked out the river yet today so that remains as an anticipation yet to enjoy.
Have a wonderful day everyone!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

An Eagle being chased by a crow!

Sometimes I am just lucky, being at the right place at the right time and having my camera ready!  
This morning I decided to check out the river from an observation deck overlooking the falls.  As I walked onto the deck I saw an Eagle flying by being followed closely by  crow.  It became apparent that the crow was chasing the eagle.  I raised my camera, turned up my zoom lens, and hoping that I was focusing enough, pushed down the shutter, click, click , click and below are the three pictures I was able to capture of the chase!

That's  it folks... my lucky encounter and my pictures of the chase!
Hopefully you enjoy them as I certainly did.  I have more water areas to check out  this morning never  know what I will find.  that is the joy of it all.  Nature is full of surprises.  Until tomorrow.. Ann

Monday, May 14, 2018

Spotted Sandpiper

These past few days have been wonderful!  I have been finding a new species returned almost every day. Recently, Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  Rose-breasted Grosbeak, White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, and now this morning, a Spotted Sandpiper!

The spotted breast of this little Sandpiper makes its id almost unmistakeable!
Its profile as a Sandpiper was a standout along the shoreline of the river this morning.
 I wonder what I will find next?  

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Two new Arrivals in Bird Alley

Yesterday I spied a long-awaited White-Crowned sparrow in Bird Alley.  I only saw it the once yesterday although I had scattered extra bird seed on the ground where it had been feeding after it had left.  So far today it has been a no-show although I keep hoping I will see it again today as I consider yesterday's visit too brief for my viewing pleasure

The second much adored and patiently waited for was a male ruby Throated Hummingbird!  How I adore these little birds!
A Happy Mother's Day wish to all mother's out there and a wonderful weekend to everyone!