Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Quiet Morning

Boy it's been a long while since I've posted.  Doesn't it always seem that life gets in the way of what you enjoy doing?  Some of my free time has taken me to other refuges and sanctuaries to explore the wonder that they hold.

It's not that I haven't been to Great Meadows, but often the trips have been more birding & less photography.  Often, I've barely had time to upload my photos before I'm off to the next task.

That's why last night after disassembling, cleaning & reassembling my tripod (I have not yet figured how to take my tripod to a sandy beach without getting sand in the leg locks) I decided that it would need a test run to ensure that I did it correctly.  So the rising sun found me at Great Meadows.

It was a quiet morning at the refuge.  The baby geese are now getting large and starting to resemble their parents.  In fact the parents were almost laid back about my traversing the path near them.  Much more enjoyable than skirting the hissing geese several weeks ago.

A song sparrow just posed for me.  I have tons of sparrow photos so I often pass up the opportunity to add to that collection.  But this sparrow stayed in place as I approached to a distance where most would have flown.  Since the morning light was so nice, I couldn't pass up the opportunity.

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The red-winged blackbirds are less prominent since they've found their mates and have had their chicks which are now mainly on their own. This male caught one of the other prominent species for July - dragonflies.

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Further along a Great Blue Heron was fishing. He wasn't catching many big fish, but he was catching a lot of fish.

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I hung out near the pool at the end of the Cross Dike trail. I stood there long enough that this family of Wood Ducks swam across the "bay" to feed closer to the trail. As they were leaving I saw the most unusual sight. This young wood duck thought something on the lotus blossom was meant to eat, so it made a couple leaps out of the water to try to grab it.

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Fish & Wildlife has started to draw down the upper impoundment. As the water level starts to drop muddy flats start to become exposed. You definitely need to scan these for shorebirds. Today there was a Spotted Sandpiper patrolling the flats.
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The highlight of the day was discovering that the Least Bittern was in the reeds near the path. It was only a matter of feet away. But photographically it could have been miles away. I thought you might appreciate these photos to see how well it's camouflage works.br />
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I promise to not make the wait for my next blog post so long.

1 comment:

  1. I love all of your shots, spending time with nature is always mesmerizing and i agree life do come in between but taking out time for yourself is what life always taught us.

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