Thursday, August 17, 2017

Where Do I Start?...



I've been thinking about this post for the past week...do I just give up and post pretty photos of birds on my latest outing? Or do I go on an endless rant about the imbecile president of the US and the white "supremacists"(that are FAR from being supreme!,) Neo-Nazis" and other scum that are attempting to ruin America and the rest of the world. That would be like shooting ducks in a barrel.

It's just too easy to point out how flawed the personalities of those people are. Everyone knows it. It's been said a hundred times on the media. And yet the "president" and his vp and other cronies don't see a problem with racism or the Nazi party and what it stands for.

Something just came to me...why haven't I heard anything from the religious right? They have always been quick to comment on the beliefs of liberal thinking people. And yet they are strangely quiet about this blatant racism by these politicians and the hate groups they fail to condemn.  

Maybe it's just me. It's 2017. Are they all that ignorant of history? Apparently so.


No nice photos today.

Maybe next time...

Sunday, August 6, 2017

An Exciting Day at the Beaver Marsh!...

 An American Goldfinch trying to see what we were all looking for...

 My North Carolina posts will have to be postponed due to this very important blog...well sort of important...to me...with no political comments...yet...

I heard through the Ohio bird listserve that a special bird that I have seen before, butt failed to get a proper photo of, had been appearing on a regular basis OUT IN THE OPEN in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in an area called the beaver marsh...were OTTERS live! Oh My!
 
 Nope, that ain't it!
Just a Great Blue Heron looking at the world a little differently.

 I'll bet you thought I found the otters!
Nope...no otters, not even a muskrat today...
...and don't even get me started about the beaver that "lives" there...sure he does...




 LEAST BITTERN!!!
I wasn't sure exactly where it would be, I figured I would just walk the trail and keep my eyes open for anything small that moved amongst the pond plants. I noticed a couple of folks with cameras sitting on the edge of one of the old canal locks, staring into the marsh. I asked if they were looking for the Bittern. As they said yes, the Bittern called from just in front of us! What timing!
We watched...and watched a little more. My attention span isn't always the greatest...oh look a Goldfinch...Oh look an Eastern Wood-Pewee...oh look...as everyone was looking into the weeds, I looked up a bit with my bins...and there he was! Right out in the open staring back at us!

 I moved down the canal a bit to get a nice side shot to see his lovely coloring on his wings.

 He stretched his neck out, and I could have sworn he burped...maybe my imagination.
You may have noticed I have a lack of control of that at times...

 This was his mode of travel from one reed to the next...stretch out...leap out...grab the next plant...wobble back and forth a bit...repeat.

 Well, as fun as it was to take over 200(!) photos of a bird standing still, I had to move on...along with Loren and a few others...short attention span bird gang...
Oooo! Look, this Silver-spotted Skipper was just around the corner.
There's always something to photograph out here!


 And you know, every marsh has a gang of Bull Frogs trying to eat those butterflies..and anything else that gets within firing range of that springy tongue!

 This Eastern Kingbird is going to catch all of the bugs the frogs miss...

...And this Eastern Pondhawk will catch anything silly enough to get in front of his face!

 Speaking of bug eaters...there were plenty of juvenile Eastern Wood-Pewees out and about today!

 He was just posing so nicely for me.

 There's always a few Great Blue Herons out getting everyone's attention...
"Have you seen the big blue Crane over there?"

 Some times they're hiding and folks just wander past and never see them.
Slow down and open your eyes to nature and you will be amazed at whats right in front of you.



 Tree Swallow kids just hanging out...

 This Wood Duck was making eyes at me.
"Hey, come over here...hubba-hubba...check out my gams..."
She was  "de coyest" duck I ever saw...
Sorry...not really...

 Ya know when you scratch your dog or cat in just the right place they get that silly look on their face and stick their tongue...
...well Wood Ducks do the same thing when their buddies give them a little scratching on the cheek.

This Green Heron was preening for the longest time.
He must of had a hot date coming up...

 Gotta make sure the feathers up top look their best!

 Making sure that "eau du pond" isn't too offensive...

 Here's one proper Green Heron photo to make up for the silliness...

 I have to end with a bird form behind!
And he caught me...oh well...

We'll see you again out there somewhere!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Back in Time...

 Sometimes they're up!

Yep...I'm getting confused as to what day I'm living in...I have trips and photos going back to May(!) that I haven't gone through...yet...This is an evening walk after work waaaay back at the beginning of June in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This trip was along the Ira Road trailhead through the beaver marsh...otters?

I need to make it back there, there's been a Least Bittern showing himself lately...if only I could retire...maybe I should have a "Go Fund Me" page so I can raise enough money to be a full time slacker and take photos of birds all day! Hmmm...

Well, in the meantime I'll finish this and get to work...

 Meow!
Actually if you listen closely to a Gray Catbird calling, he is saying "David."
Really.

 Yo can tell this was a while ago...the lotus pods weren't open yet...

 Oo...Oo...Oo...nope, it's a Muskrat...

 Nope, not an otter yet.

 Of course there were dozens of Song Sparrows songing.
Yes, songing.
Why do you think they call them SONG Sparrows? Cause they song.
Duh.
 
 Speaking of bull...it's a frog...
 (Clever how I did that, eh?)

 It's M'lady Mallard...and child.

 This Mourning Dove was cooing up a storm...with no takers.

 Oh my.
It's a young pair of Notanotters!

 Yes I know.
Do I HAVE to take a photo of EVERY Song Sparrow I see?
Yep.

 A bad attitude coming my way.
Midland Painted Turtles are feeling cranky lately too.

 Nutz...another Notanotter...

 This fierce Northern Cardinal was preparing to dive at me and eat my face.
Lucky I'm quick!
He missed...

 Yep, you guessed it!

 More Green Herons in the trees than in the water tonight!

 A Tree Swallow getting home to the wife and kids...

 And then coming out to give me the crazy eye...

 But they're just so cute and all songy like!

 Finding an Orchard Oriole singing was a pleasant surprise!

 Pretty flower.

 This Green Heron was stumped...

I'm out.
No rambling rants today.
I'm sick of it.
Only birds...yep...just birds...
No comments about someone telling inaccurate truths.
While in a major "elected" office.
Nope, I won't go there.

Until next time...get out and help the birds!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Meanwhile, Back in Carolina...

 Somewhere, back in there are a few Wood Ducks and a Great Blue Heron!

 Ah, another beautiful day in Asheville with birds singing and wonderful sunshine to start my morning walk around Biltmore Lake. I had a quick walk in the morning and a much longer walk in the evening with Caron and Brian. I'll tell ya, it's really rough having to visit the boss...and spend time wandering around looking at nature...I mean talking about the inner workings (this short video shows what REALLY goes on!) of Clearsonic Mfg...yeah, that's what we talked about...all day...honest...

But anyway...
 The American Goldfinches have it made down here!

 With all of the lush greenery and juicy worms, this American Robin was still cranky!
Must be all the obnoxious tweets he hears...
 
 I had a few nice shots of this Brown-headed Nuthatch, but this one was just a bit Nuttier...

 I rarely get a nice close view of a male Northern Cardinal. 
For some reason, this guy was very patient with me...and I thanked him.
Caron and Brian kinda ignore me when I talk to birds...smart...

 Something up above really got the attention of this Chipping Sparrow.
Maybe and evening snack?

 Pfftttt.....

 This is very rare photographic evidence that Green Herons do the Hokey-Pokey.
"You put your left wing out..."

 "You put your right wing out..."
And then you vote the bums out of office.
Sorry...had to do it....I have a bad case of Trumpitis... 
Sad, very sad...

 This guy loves looking at himself too...
"I'm so handsome, I'll make Heron great again..."

 Anyway, it's getting dark out(not unlike America's future) and the birds are getting harder to photograph. This juvenile American Robin took once last look around before bedtime.

 BIRD OF THE WEEK!
Brian is getting good at spotting birds!
This Black-and-White Warbly was skulking in a darker corner of the trail when Brian saw it.
I just shot quickly without adjustments, you never want to dawdle when a warbly is involved!
We'll have to make a "Warbly Award" for him!

 I saw House FInches that were more on the yellowy side in Florida once. 
I was surprised to see them here as well.

 One of my last shots of the evening was this Eastern Kingbird surveying his realm.
Somewhere behind us we could hear a Yellow-billed Cuckoo calling.
I went back to the area the following morning and heard him calling again, but could never locate him. I guess I'll have to go back...

 While we were watching the sunset, the moon rose and gave us an equally lovely view.

 One butt for the road...and I dedicate this ass to the republicans that believe everyone should have a gun to shoot their neighbors, and Right to Life is only important until you're born, then you have no right to live a healthy life.
Only in America...great...

Until we meet again...