Monday, January 25, 2010

A Surprise Visit, Plus a Birthday Celebration

Yesterday's every-other-Sunday bird walk was interesting, but it was a day for binoculars rather than cameras. The funniest part of the day was listening to a White-throated Sparrow trying to warm up for his Spring mating calls. Unfortunately he was sounding pretty rusty; his call wobbled a good bit and sounded a lot like a tape recording that somebody kept putting a finger on.

But afterward I went down to Gooseneck Cove at Hazard Rd. Mostly it was the same old Mallards and American Black Ducks (nope, no Hoodies or Mute Swans today), bu as I went back up the road to head into town, I froze. Three yearling White-tailed Deer were emerging from the reeds. They froze two, and kept giving me the wary eye. The two in the reeds nearest the road eventually relaxed when I didn't move, but the one behind them on the shore of the Cove stayed frozen in place. Eventually I decided I wanted to get moving, and they ended up running out of the reeds and up the road in front of me to disappear into the woods farther up the way. Here are the three best shots.




As to the birthday celebration... Today is Robert Burns' birthday, or as they call him in Scotland, Robbie Burrrrns. Scots all over the world will be celebrating Burns Night tonight with a Burns Supper and singing of Burns' songs and the recitation of Burns' poems. Being an admirer of old Robbie and a great fan of Scots music and culture, I thought I'd put up a little something in celebration of the holiday. So here's Scotland's cultural ambassador to the world, Jean Redpath, singing one of Robbie's songs, "Now Westerlin' Winds". Enjoy!


Photos & text © 2010 by A. Roy Hilbinger

16 comments:

  1. Lovely shots, Roy. I have three beautiful doe (I call them my beauties) who come up around the back of the house in the late afternoon.

    Happy Burns!

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  2. Great photos, as always. Hadn't realized it was Burns Night. Are you having haggis?

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  3. I like deer. 'Tis the season when I frequently see them on site.

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  4. oh again we're on the same wavelength.

    hmmmm, perhaps we were separated at birth!!!

    ha ha

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  5. I don't know of much that's cuter than baby animals. :)

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  6. We have deer we can see from the kitchen window at certain times. I've yet to get a good photograph of then though. Yours are fine shots indeed.

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  7. I've just finished my plate of haggis, neeps & tatties (we cheated & cooked brussels sprouts, too!) As I'm on-call tonight, I've had to forego the wee dram until tomorrow.
    A happy Burns Night to one & all.
    Love those deer :D

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  8. Wow that last one has such synchronicity (big word - I haz a sum). Love deer, such pretty things. Another reason to always have your camera with you!

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  9. i am seeing A Lot of animal shots around the blog circuit today. 'tis a pretty song.

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  10. New to your site...lovely shots of the deer and the singing was an amazing treat...Happy Burns Birthday!

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  11. I like the last shot in particular but they're all good, Roy. Now if one would just stay still long enough for me!!

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  12. Love the deer photographs. Perfect in the reeds.

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  13. I love those deer! Great shots you got a good clear shot of them which is not so easy to do!

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