Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I know this is supposed to be a bird blog. I also know that an overload of cute is not every one's cup of tea. Remember the goslings (scroll down to May 10)?
Also, there is danger that too much cuteness can make your camera sticky. But, in spite of all this, I could not resist this fawn. It was so tiny -- I wanted to pick it up and bring it home.
I almost ran into it (literally) as I was leaving Carlos Avery early this afternoon. As I was driving slowly with the car windows open I heard this strange loud cry - like a large bird in distress, but I couldn't identify it. Since it seemed so close, I backed up the car to the point where I thought it came from. Then I heard it again, but somewhat softer. It seemed so very close, yet I couldn't see anything unusual. I opened the car door, got out, and to my surprise spotted this little creature in the weeds only a foot or two off the road.
I looked around for the mother, but didn't see her; a minute or so later I heard a loud snorting and crashing in the brush on the other side of the road. I would have gotten back in the car, but the mom was running away from us. My next dilemma was how to take a picture of the fawn - the only lenses I had for my Canon were the 300mm and 400mm. But then I remembered my trusty old Nikon Coolpix 995 which I usually keep on the floor in front of the seat. The battery had a charge and so I was able to get these pictures.
The fawn wasn't scared at all, just anxious to have his mom back, I'm sure.
(a few bird pictures will follow)
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
"Shall we take this one?"
Saturday, May 26, 2007
There are a lot of Marsh Wrens at Carlos. But they are extremely difficult to photograph since they spend most of their time down among the reeds, only occasionally popping up to take a look at what's going on. You know they are there from their loud song, but just try to get a glimpse of one. I spent over an hour trying to capture the one on right -- this was my best shot. But I'm not giving up -- "I'll be back!"
Yesterday morning I decided that some walking exercise would be better than spending time in the car, so I headed out to Springbrook Nature Center. I was there from about sunrise until 10 a.m.; but got off very few shots. Where are the birds? After some coffee and a little rest at home, my frustration didn't diminish. Being too tired to do much walking I drove to Carlos Avery. My luck there wasn't much better (I'll post a few pictures from both places later).
I do want to pass on a tip for those of you who may want to to see some Sandhill Cranes. The one on the left was in the Pool 3 area yesterday. However, in the same place where Les & I saw quite a few of them a week ago last Thursday and also last Tuesday, I saw several pairs yesterday as several more flew in. I tried to look for crane chicks, but the pairs that were already there were in deep grass that would would have hidden them.
Therefore, if you want to see Sandhill Cranes, go to Carlos in the mid or late afternoon, drive on the road between Pools 5 and 6, stop just South of the road leading to Pool 6, get out your binoculars, or preferably a scope, and look Southwesterly over Pool 4.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
I wasn't going to post this picture; there was nothing significant about it. However, as I enlarged it, just to see how sharp it was (or wasn't, since I was not using a tripod), imagine my amazement when I saw what I have posted below.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Then why am I reposting it?
As I was examining the full frame of this shot, I became intrigued by the various colors of the out-of-focus background. They make the picture much more interesting, in my opinion. However, within the confines of picture sizes on this blog, including more of the background reduces the size of the bird to the point that we lose interest in the bird since we see less detail. But, in an 8x10, or even a 5x7 print, the bird would retain its importance with the plus of a much more intriguing background.
What do you think?
With the promise of rain this afternoon (which become reality) I headed out to Carlos Avery early this morning -- arrived before 6 a.m.
The Song Sparrow at right was doing his thing just as the sun was
I stopped at a small pond just East of the Zodiac entrance since there is some activity there most any time of the day. But I was driven away within minutes by the hordes of mosquitoes who were anxiously looking for breakfast through the open windows on my car. Oh well, a few hundred yards at 10 mph got rid of most of them.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
When my friend, Les, called to see if I wanted to join him at Carlos Avery, it didn't take long to make a decision. We arrived a little after noon, which may explain why we didn't see as many birds as during early morning or late evening explorations.
In addition to the pictured birds, we also saw Blue-winged Teal, a Bald Eagle soaring very high, some distant, hence unidentifiable, swans (at the same location as the last picture in this posting), Goldfinches, Yellow Warblers, plus the usual assortment of ducks & sparrows, Tree Swallows, a Wild Turkey, and Bluebirds.
Yesterday's Lake Superior boat trip was cancelled due to a lack of participants. However, it may not have been the day to go. Mike Hendrickson writes:
Thank heavens the boat trip was canceled! The winds were gusty from the east around 30mph and frigid temps! (low 40's)
Lake Superior Boat Trips