Just another winter walk in the woods
First, I have a big announcement to make. I think that I have mentioned that I’m part of a group of nature photographers on Facebook several times. I have been bugging the leader of the group to start a blog for some time now, and she has agreed that it would be a good idea.
Her name is Jan, and she has been following a family of mute swans and other visitors to a pond near where she lives, and has captured some really good photos of all of them. But, I’ll let her tell you the story, for right now, I just want to say that she’ll be doing her first post here as a special guest blogger in the near future. That way, she can learn the ropes and not have to set up a blog from scratch before she goes out into the blogosphere on her own.
So, for Saturday’s walk for me. I went to the local county park again, hoping to track down either the Carolina wren or the pileated woodpeckers again, and had no luck with either. It was a somewhat strange day, I think that my timing was off.
I arrived at the park at mid-morning, and there were birds everywhere, at first. By the time I had finished the first short leg of my walk, the bird activity had dropped noticeably, and continued to fall off even more as the day wore on.
It got quite cold overnight, I think that the birds were out early to feed and generate some body heat, then retired to snooze in the afternoon sunshine after that.
It didn’t help that there was no way to be quiet in the woods today. The snow on the ground was so crunchy that it sounded as if I were walking on that bubble pack stuff most of the day. At least we hadn’t had any new snow for a couple of days as you can tell by this.
But, the pond had re-frozen, so the ducks making the tracks had moved on. You can see it was actually sunny today, although some mid-level clouds kept the temperatures below freezing, helped by a cold north wind that made it feel even colder than that.
I have posted a few photos of white-breasted nuthatches lately, and I have a few more to add here.
The reason I added them is that it struck me as funny when I was checking the photos out after downloading them to my computer.
When you watch a nuthatch hopping around the underside of a branch in person, it seems totally natural. But, when you see them upside down in photos, it looks like you have the photos upside down. This one stuck its head in a hole in the underside of the branch, I thought that it was looking for a nesting cavity, but it came out of the hole with something in its beak, then flew off. The hole must contain the nuthatches’ food cache.
And, from isn’t that the way it goes file, a few weeks ago I finally got a few good photos of a brown creeper for the first time after many, many attempts. Then today, one all but posed for me.
I don’t know how many times that it’s happened that after struggling for years to get a good photo of a species of anything, once I get a couple of good ones, that species then becomes rather easy to photograph from then on. I’ll be adding a couple of these to my post on them in the My Photo Life List series, but you’ve just seen them, so no need for a link. 😉
The rest of the day was rather slow, but I did manage a few shots.
That about wraps this one up, other than to say that once my friend Jan gets her post here published, I hope that you all give her a warm WordPress welcome! I’m sure you’ll love her photos and the stories that go with them.
Thanks for stopping by!