Saturday, April 30, 2011

Almost silhouettes

A green-backed heron rests in a tree alongside the pond.

A hawk is rather perturbed by the attention he's getting from a watchful crow.
Manic fans and snapping paparazzi - what's a raptor to do?

Friday, April 29, 2011

Lady in Wading

Thelma Jean prowls the pondside for frogs, snakes and turtles.



(Some) sitting ducks






The whistlers will be separating off soon to nest so if I seem like I'm 'front-loading' my blog with photos of them, maybe I am.  I will miss the flocks until they gather again in fall before their migration south.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Big Boy Baron

Soaking in the pond.

Silly whistlers

Heard all sorts of hell-raising going on outside one afternoon - black-bellied whistling ducks just whistling, scolding and calling.  Went out to the front yard and saw a whole flock of them sitting high amongst the locust tree limbs, just yammering at each other.  Appears some new arrivals joined the others at Run*A*Round as I later counted 22 whistlers here at one time.  They're quite vocal in their greetings.  Here's a few images of these silly ducks.







Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Beautiful red-belly

A male red-bellied woodpecker stops in at the feeders.

More hawking

A hawk hunts from on top of a tree stump alongside the pond.  I was shooting through some leaves so had a bit of a blur now and again, but I think it adds kind of an eerie feel.




I think this is a young red-shouldered hawk, but I'm not 100% sure.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fence sitters




Sometimes the black-bellied whistling ducks are just too cute for words...

Linking to World Bird Wednesday

Linking to Wordless Wednesday at Pinke Post

Diaper Duty


The titmouse parents busily flit to the house...
bearing insects and seeds as food for their babies...
dropping in head first...
and emerging with a dirty diaper (a poop sack from one of the baby birds).

They'll drop it away from the birdhouse - don't worry, these diapers won't clog up any landfills.

Monday, April 25, 2011

A real squirrel cage

This feeder is truly a jungle gym buffet.  I knew it was only a matter of time before the squirrels breached it.  But it was so worth it!



Can you stand some more photos?!





Female Kingfisher

Or "Queenfisher" as I like to call her.  For once the female of the species sports more color than the male - the male kingfisher lacks the brown vest of color.


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