Easter Sunday 2014 Part II
It’s Easter Sunday, and I was up at dawn to greet the morning. That has me looking forward to my vacation, when not only will I be up before dawn, but I’ll be outside with either a camera of fly rod in hand as the sun pops up over the horizon. Two weeks of peace and quiet, just me and the critters.
I posted the first batch of photos in a post yesterday, which you can see here. You can also follow that link if you’d like to read where and how I shot many of these photos, but the short story is that I went for a long hike in Kent County, Michigan’s Millennium Park. For the most part, the following photos are self-explanatory, so few words will be needed. I’ll start with what I think is the best photo of mallards that I have ever taken, and I’ve taken a lot.
On the other end of the quality scale are these photos of a pair of chickadees doing their “mating dance”. Both the male and female will perch, begin chirping loudly, as they first spread their wings, then begin flapping furiously, not to fly, but to display to one another. I’m sorry for the quality of these photos, but the chickadees picked a shady spot to perform their dance.
Millennium Park has several working oil wells within the park, here’s an interesting photo, of a mute swan feeding in front of one of the working wells.
I won’t include my thoughts on this, I’ll leave it for you to ponder.
A short distance away, I found a flock of blue-winged teal back in a swamp, but I was only able to get bad photos, like this one.
I was able to watch a robin building her nest. First, she brings a beak full of dried grass to the nest….
…takes a look around to see if she’s being watched…..
…then, she lowers herself into the nest as she spins around to distribute the dried grass around the inside of the nest.
Later, she’ll add mud to the inside of the nest to hold the grass together.
The next photo isn’t very good, but I’m using it to remind me to say that brown creepers sing a beautiful little song, which is what this one was doing as it raced up the tree limb.
Here’s a few for Mr. Tootlepedal.
I’m not sure, but I think that the nuthatch was checking to see if the end of my lens was a hollow log.
Then, it struck a pose for me.
I found a pair of blue-winged teal not in a swamp.
While I was sitting on a log taking a break, I heard a noise behind me, and turned to see this butterfly stalking me!
When it saw that it had been noticed, it broke off its attack, and flitted off to find another victim instead. 😉
Here’s a couple of photos of muskrats.
After being so close to a kingfisher on Saturday, I was hoping to get close to one on this day, but it was back to photographing one from across a pond.
I was able to practice my bird in flight photography, and from the looks of these photos, I need all the practice that I can get.
I’m going to wrap this up with a good photo, a cottonwood tree catkin.
I have two photos of a mystery bird that I was going to post, it’s a large wading bird with a long bill, and larger than a yellowlegs or any other wading birds that I’m familiar with, it has a bright white rump, but I haven’t been able to ID it yet.
So, that’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!