Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Twins!

It was a busy holiday weekend, so I was up early to see what was new at Great Meadows. There were plenty of the usual subjects. This Common Yellow-throat was along the path from the parking lot.

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The juvenile Red-winged Blackbirds were busily flying around the Dike Trail. This one proudly displays the dragonfly fly it caught.
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Being the first person of the day, I had to run the goose gauntlet. I've noticed that Canada Geese often stand on one leg. Looking closely at this photo, I think I may have found the reason why. Even they don't like stepping on the stuff!
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On the back side of the Upper Impoundment we could hear the Virginia Rail calling. In a little while it appeared on the path. It was quickly followed by two chicks (the twins). These chicks have grown significantly in the last 1 1/2 weeks. They quickly disappeared into the woods by the river. The chicks couldn't be seen, but the adult continued to forage in the muddy area near the trail.

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I was attracted to this cluster of Daisy Fleabane. The ladybud is just the cherry on the top of that sundae.

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As the sun rose in the sky, the temperature started to soar. As I headed back to the car, I noticed a mink by the side of the Dike Trail. Unfortunately, I was in the wrong place compared to the sun. I tried to race by and turn to take a photo. Having "too much" lens, I unfortunately clipped off its tail.


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At Great Meadows squirrels are not among the most popular photography subjects. However, I couldn't resist photographing this squirrel eating unripened Blueberries.

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1 comment:

  1. What a great weekend you had! Terrific images. May I ask what lens you're using?

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