Watch the birdies!
My posts have been short on bird images lately, there’s been too many bugs and blooms to photograph. However, I was up early one morning, and got to the park where I walk weekdays earlier than I usually do, ad before many other people had arrived. I saw more birds that morning than I have been seeing in a week when I walk just a little later. The number of birds has increased lately as well, since there are fledglings of many species just leaving the nest. So this post will have more birds photos, but I have a few bugs and blooms to share as well.
I’ll start with a juvenile downy woodpecker that was having feather problems. It was trying to find insects in the branch it was perched on….
…but as he pecked away at the bark on the branch, some of its feathers popped out-of-place…
…and you can see that the woodpecker was not happy with its misbehaving feathers. After getting the feathers where they belonged, the woodpecker went back to looking for food, but then, the feathers on its neck popped out-of-place.
The woodpecker did some serious preening….
…but its feathers would not stay in place no matter how hard the woodpecker worked, so it closed its eyes, and sighed.
It’s tough to be a young bird with wayward feathers, here’s a juvenile male Baltimore oriole with the same problem.
He noticed me taking photos and shot me one of those “Do you mind, I’d like some privacy!” looks.
Then he went back to preening.
The adult male Baltimore orioles were too busy looking for food for their young to do any preening.
The next four images are for those people who have tried chasing birds around to get photos of the birds. It’s a female Baltimore oriole doing her best to stay out of my viewfinder.
The only reason that I shot that one was that I’m trying to learn how make the new 300 mm prime lens do what the Beast (Sigma 150-500 mm lens) can do, pick birds out of the brush when the birds are trying to hide. The oriole figured out that I was still able to get photos of her where she was, so she changed tactics, and hid in the deep shade, where she thought that she would be safe. I think that she even laughed about it.
But little did she know, I can get the bird just about anywhere.
She tried hiding in a sunny area again.
But, when she heard the shutter still clicking away, she decided to put an end to the game, and flew off out of range.
This flicker was much more cooperative, posing and allowing me to choose its good side.
These next three images aren’t very good, but they show how a song sparrow eats mulberries, first spearing the berry…
…shaking the berry violently…
…then spearing it again.
I have a few more goose photos to add since I haven’t posted any goose photos for some time.
While the geese were playing, the mallards were engaged in their favorite activity, snoozing in the shade.
Time for some bugs and blooms.
Now then, back to the birds.
This catbird had just been harassed by a red-winged blackbird, and looked a bit bewildered as to why another bird would chase him.
Seeing the blackbird again, the catbird decided to vamoose.
I got a few more fair images of a barn swallow.
One of the readers of my blog told me that I couldn’t delete photos of red-winged blackbirds attacking hawks. So, I decided not to crop these to see if the approaching storm clouds would add a little more drama to these images.
This next one is the pits, but it’s to remind me that the hawk had its fill of the blackbirds, and made a very quick manuever, quicker than I thought that a hawk could turn.
And to wrap this post up, a happy squirrel.
I’ve been looking out the window and watching the fireworks as I’ve typed this, which reminds me….
Happy Birthday America!!!!!!!!!!
I hope that every one is having a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!