Spring 2014 vacation, around home, day 2
This is the second batch of the photos that I shot either around where I live, or the Pickerel Lake Nature Preserve last week while I was on vacation. I don’t think that too many words are needed for these, the captions should suffice.
I’ll start with one of my favorite species of birds, even though I’ve posted many images of them lately, a grey catbird in full song.
I’ll still be posting photos of birds all summer, for those people who were worried that they’d see no more bird photos here, but I hope that the ones I do post will be better than this next one.
Or this one, the only reason I’m including this is because it was a lifer for me, but it took off before I could shoot more than this poor image, so I’m not able to ID it.
This little chickadee was making sure that it got my attention so that I would photograph it. I did, as you can see, and I have more images of the chickadee, but in the poor light of that day, those aren’t worth posting.
A few of the other things that I saw, no words required.
I found two very young fawns, the photos are only fair, as I didn’t want to get too close to them, so I had to shoot through the grass.
Every spring, well-meaning people think that when they find fawns alone like this that their mother has either abandoned the fawns, or been killed. That isn’t the case, the fawns have no scent that predators can pick up to lead the predator to the fawns, and the fawns are so well hidden that it’s hard for anything to spot them. Trust me on the well hidden part, if the first one hadn’t stood up, I would have walked right on past them.
Anyway, the mother will leave the fawns where they are well hidden, then move a short distance away so that no predators following her scent will find the fawns. It’s nature’s way of protecting the helpless.
Many birds and animals use similar tactics to protect their young, with the adults leaving the young, which seems cruel. But by doing so, the adults make themselves the target of any predators, leaving the young to hide motionless and soundless in cover while any predators follow the adults.
A few more that need no help from me.
Here’s another example of a young animal that most people (or predators) would have missed, a young cottontail rabbit. If I hadn’t seen an ear twitch, I would have missed the bunny.
I didn’t get to the tulips, that’s OK, I’ll post those soon enough. I think that the photos from this post are the “weakest” of my week, other than the fawns.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!