I recently photographed these birds here in Central Florida. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Here are more pictures of the Cattle Egrets that I took here in the development during this past Spring. I hope you will enjoy seeing these pictures that never made it to my earlier post. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.
A Great Blue Heron, Red-winged Blackbird, a Cotton-tailed Rabbit and several different birds were out and about in my yards and along the road in front of my place here on the little farm yesterday afternoon. It was a steamy afternoon here with the temperature at 90 degrees (F.) and very high humidity. It has been off and on cloudy with brief rains recently so the humid weather has been with us for awhile. I can’t complain as we do need the moisture.
The pictures really reflect the haze in the air. I saw that big flock of Starlings again yesterday and took a picture of them in flight. Very impressive numbers to see up above one’s home. I also saw my friend the Red-headed Woodpecker up on a familiar perch. Funny to see the different woodpeckers all doing similar activities – guess that’s just nature. I took all of these pictures yesterday, July 23, 2012 here in the yards or on the street just in front of the property. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Today I am wrapping up this series of posts about the Sand Hill Cranes at Tennessee’s Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge near Dayton, TN. I took these pictures on December 24, 2011. There were nearly a thousand of the cranes there at the refuge. The refuge has a series of open grassy pastures, planted corn fields with drying corn on the stalks, and a small lake. There is a viewing platform where visitors are allowed to watch the cranes. The cranes roam , graze, and fly freely. During crane season (Winter and early Spring), visitors must stay at the platform. There is a small parking lot and no services except for two construction-type portable restrooms. There is no admission fee or parking charge. Dayton is fairly close to the refuge so visitors can find places to stay or eat there in town. Chattanooga is about 40 miles away as well.
The cranes are huge! Several flew right over the viewing platform. When in flight, the cranes are similar to the Great Blue Herons. The Sand-Hill Cranes migrate from Northern U.S. and Canada to the Southern states where it is warmer. Because these cranes naturally came around the Tennessee River and Dayton area fields, the State of Tennessee decided to create a refuge where the cranes could stay for the Winter if they wanted to do so. Corn is planted on site to help feed these grain and plant eating birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Eastern Bluebirds are among the prettiest of the various types of birds here in my yards. I think there are a small flock of about four or five of the Eastern Bluebirds here. They are great at getting bugs and insects! I have a lot of pasture area so there is plenty of opportunities for the birds to hunt in the wide-open grassy spaces here. The males are bright blue, deep orange, and buff with pointed bills, The females are just like the males but have duller coloring and narrower bodies. The birds have a nice melodic song – very cheery! I am very happy to go out the door and spot these happy birds. They love perching in the Oaks or just sitting on the electric lines or on the edge of the rain gutters on the roof of the house. Great little birds! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. As always, enjoy!
Over the last few days I have taken several pictures of different birds flying around the new property I have just moved to. I took pictures of the Canada Geese landing on the pond; a pair of White-breasted Nuthatches flitting around some old lawn furniture; a Crow taking off from its perch in the Oak; a beautiful little Eastern Bluebird in mid-flight over the pond; one of the resident Great Blue Herons stretching its wings; and European Starlings flying between one Oak and another nearby. There also was an Eastern Blue Jay flying around from tree to tree and getting bugs off of the turf. I enjoy taking pictures of birds while they are flying. I really like seeing the small birds as they are usually quite quick and being small, are harder to get good pictures of. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Since not much is happening on the wildlife front here at home on the lake yet, I will go back several days to my recent trip and show pictures I took in Oklahoma of a Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker woodpecker in flight. I saw the Flicker perched on a tree, and when the bird took off, I snapped the pictures. This is the first time I have taken photographs of a Flicker in flight in many months. I hope you’ll enjoy seeing the bird. It is a female. I am hopeful that when the cold wind dies down in a few days, the wildlife will be back out and visible here on the lake. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. P.S. Sorry for how late this got posted – I usually will post in the morning.