Friday, June 19, 2009

Leftovers for Friday

I got some very good shots on Wednesday, but because of the Biblical translation article and Theme Thursday I never got to put them up here. Well, it's a slow day here and rainy weather kept the camera blind, so I'll post those pictures today.

In Ballard Park I came across a tree full of the wheezy calls of agitated Tufted Titmice. I stopped to look and noticed a lot of activity up in the foliage - a lot of flitting and hopping about looked to be going on. Finally several of the culprits came out onto branches where there was less foliage cover and finally I got it - the baby Titmice had just fledged, and they were exercising their newly gained freedom. Although there were also several adults around keeping an eye on things, and several of the tykes were doing the feed-me dance - mouths open, neck extended, and the wings fluttering rapidly. This little one to the left sat still the longest, so he got his portrait taken.

Down on Gooseneck Cove off Hazard Rd. there was a Snowy Egret preening like mad. Unfortunately, there was also enough of a breeze blowing that the effects of combing were often undone. I got two shots I thought were the best examples of what the poor little bugger had to put up with. I call this one Egret Punk.

But I really like this one. The stance, the lion's mane of hair swept straight back over the head and down the neck... give that bird a baton and you have the stereotype of the classical orchestra conductor. So I call this shot Egretto Toscanini.

Okay, I'm all caught up now!

© 2009 by A. Roy Hilbinger

1 comment:

  1. those are great shots...I especially love the first one. Making me homesick for my lake and MY birds though.