Once again I find, myself way behind
Even though I’m trying to be more selective when I shoot photos, even though I’m trying to be more selective in the photos that I post, I just did a count of the photos that I have saved to post, and it’s 160 images. So, I’d better get right to the photos, starting with a crow. (I won’t post all 160 in this post, although it may seem like it)
The story behind this next one is better than the photo. On one of the mornings this past week, I wasn’t feeling very well, so I sat down to take a long break. There were two male catbirds, one on either side of me, engaged in a singing war. A couple of weeks ago, I posted a video about the ability of catbirds to mimic the songs of other birds. Well, these two were going at it for all they were worth.
One would pause, then start an entirely new song made up of snippets of other bird’s songs. The second catbird would then stop singing, as it listened to the song the first was singing. Then, I would hear the second one softly practicing what the first one was singing, before it added a few touches of its own, then singing his new song full volume. Upon hearing the second catbird’s song, the first one would stop to listen and learn his competitor’s song, then add a few of his own touches, before singing the new version full volume. The two of them went back and forth like that the entire time I sat there, with each trying to out sing the other. I didn’t want to interrupt the two of them, so this is the best photo I was able to get, and hearing the two of them going at it sure did make me feel better.
In fact, the catbirds cheered up a very gloomy day, and after hearing them singing, I felt well enough to swap lenses to the new 10-18 mm lens for these two images.
Since it had been raining, the turkeys were out in the open to dry off.
And, I’m a sucker for a snake in the grass.
This female cardinal was gathering food for her young.
And, this robin was wolfing down mulberries.
My timing was off, so I didn’t get a photo of a berry starting on its way down the robin’s throat, just this one of the robin with a lump in its throat as one of the berries went down its crop.
Here’s a few photos that need no explanation other than the captions.
Since I’m so far behind, I shouldn’t post multiple photos of the same species of birds, but I love swallows!
You may have noticed that there are more images of birds in this post than what there have been lately, I getting back in practice for the fall migration, which is already starting. I see the flocks of some species of birds, such as starlings, growing larger everyday, and other species, like red-winged blackbirds, are becoming rare.
It won’t be that long before there aren’t any of these birds around to shoot.
Nor will there be any insects.
Sometimes a bird is just an excuse to shoot a photo.
I could have cropped in on the robin, but I like that one the way that it came out of the camera.
Anyway, I decided that I needed some practice on birds in flight, so I chose about the hardest large species of bird to get a good photo of, crows.
Looks like I need more practice!
Here’s something you don’t see everyday.
While it’s not unheard of for a doe to give birth to triplets, it is extremely rare. I think that there was another doe hidden in the brush along the creek that I didn’t see.
I’m sorry that I didn’t get the entire third fawn in the frame, but it was moving, and there was very little light, and as a result, my shutter speed was extremely slow. I was afraid that any movement by the deer would result in a blurry shot, so I held off until I saw that the fawn was moving out of the frame, and shot just a second too late. If I had moved the camera, then the focus wouldn’t have been right, and the deer would have been out of focus.
I say that there must have been another doe, for the fawn that I cut the head off from bolted and ran off before the three others did, and it’s very unlikely that it would have done that under the circumstances, unless its mother had called to it, or if she had taken off herself. And, I’ve seen the doe and her twins before, along with a doe with a single fawn, so I think the five of them were together that morning.
To finish this one off, a species of bird that I’ve been ignoring lately, a black-capped chickadee.
I think that the little guy was glad to see me from the look on his face, he even struck a pose for me.
If you’ve been missing chickadees, don’t worry, I’ve been using them as practice subjects this past week, so you’ll be seeing more of them shortly. 😉
Tomorrow, I’m going to do some serous birding in the Muskegon area, as there are already migrating birds moving through the area. That also means that I’m going to fall even further behind as far as posting photos. Oh well, it’s a tough job, but some one has to do it. 😉
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!