Baltimore Oriole (WooHoo!)

 

Not long after seeing the Red-headed Woodpecker in my last post, I saw a flash of flaming orange flying at the top of the trees, disappearing again behind another set the leaves.  Could it be?  Finally?

For sure, the challenge was on to capture this bird I’ve seen numerous times but has eluded my lens (and list) for years.

Yes!  Welcome to my photographed bird lifer list #207 Baltimore Oriole!

 

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Baltimore Oriole (male)

 

 

It actually took me until late yesterday to finally capture worthy photos of this handsome male.

 

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Baltimore Oriole (male)

 

I’ve not sighted the female, although I’ve heard her.  I believe she’s incubating on a nest hidden in a couple trees I’ve been eyeing.

 

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Baltimore Oriole (male)

 

WooHoo!  Please join me in a ‘happy dance’!  💃 💃 💃

 

 

Red-headed Woodpecker

 

I last shared a photo of a Red-bellied Woodpecker, this post shares another woodpecker species, the Red-headed Woodpecker.

Whew, time flies when things get crazy busy, leaving you no time for hobbies.  I’ve missed posting, and I’ve missed your blogs!  Getting home a month later than planned due to the pandemic, we had much to do, crammed in half the time left, before departing for a preplanned June trip.

Whew again.  We are now in Indiana for our scheduled warranty work appointment on our RV.

As soon as we arrived, I immediately saw a beautiful Red-headed Woodpecker making its rounds on the trees around us at the campground.  It didn’t take long to get a couple nice photos of it.

 

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Red-headed Woodpecker

 

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Red-headed Woodpecker hopping up the tree with its larvae snack

 

Hmmmm…..wonder what other birds and wildlife I’ll be finding in Indiana for the next few weeks while here?  😉

 

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker on a Fence

 

This is a first for me to see a woodpecker resting on a fence, so that adds to my thrill of getting this pretty shot.

 

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Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)

 

 

Reflecting Birds on a Foggy Morning

 

Arriving at the 10,000 Islands NWR early one morning this past March, the rising sun was just beginning to burn off a light fog.

I hurried to my favorite location to see what I might find in the shallow pools between the mangroves.

I couldn’t believe the spectacular sight….

 

Reflecting Birds on a Foggy Morning

 

In just a few minutes, the fog disappeared.  The bright sun aroused the birds; and just as quickly, they left, off to find their breakfast and begin their day.

 

 

Eye of an Alligator

 

High on an embankment, I followed this American Alligator slowly floating along a canal.  I thought the water and reflections were pretty and added a nice touch.

 

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American Alligator

 

The alligator slowed down to a stop.  So I stopped too, and remained still in my safe spot.  Good, I thought, now I can try some close-ups of its eye.

When I processed my photos, I was not expecting to find this….

 

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Alligator’s Eye Reflecting Me #1

 

See me?

S/he started moving again, so again I slowly followed.  I had no idea that I had captured my reflection in the alligator’s eye.

In this next photo, you can see a wooden road barrier I am behind.

 

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Alligator’s Eye Reflecting Me #2

 

The alligator floated eventually into the sunlit water, overexposing the scene so I turned around and left, hoping I got some good close-ups.  😊

(photos take January 2020, Big Cypress National Preserve Park, Florida)

 

Black-bellied Plover

Looking through my long lens, I knew I had something special when I saw this bird foraging way out on a sandbar a few days ago.

 

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Welcome to my bird lifer list, #206 Black-bellied Plover!  They are the largest and heaviest of our North American plovers.

My crops are heavy but still good enough to ID thankfully.

 

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Black-bellied Plover

 

Black-bellied Plovers are also the hardiest of the plovers, breeding farther north than others, all the way to the very top of the world.

 

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Black-bellied Plover foraging

 

A widespread shorebird, the Black-bellied Plover is found on six continents.

I’m thinking, it’s about time I’ve photographed this beauty!

 

 

Snowy Egret Having A Bad Hair Day

 

An early morning walk this past week along a berm of rocks, and this unexpectedly popped up before me!

 

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Snowy Egret’s Bad Hair Day

 

As the Snowy Egret managed its wiggly snack, I stepped forward to hopefully get some of those rocks out of the frame.

 

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Snowy Egret managing its wiggly snack in the wind

 

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Oops!  Now the Snowy Egret sees me and quickly stands tall on alert.

 

I quickly looked away and stood still, waited a bit, and then looked back out the corner of my eye.  The egret was still there but had turned the other direction, no longer concerned with me.

There were more important things on its mind…..like washing that tasty snack!

 

Snowy Egret dipping/washing its crustacean meal in the water

 

No more photos to share in this series, which means…..no, I did not get the gulp!  Argh!!  😉

 

 

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