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Eastern Phoebes

The Eastern Phoebe is a loner, rarely coming in contact with other phoebes. Even members of a mated pair do not spend much time together.

 

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Eastern Phoebe

 

There are a lot of Eastern Phoebes around, teasing for their shot of fame.

These are my two favorite photos so far from the last few weeks.  I couldn’t single it to one.

 

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Eastern Phoebe

 

Did you know the Eastern Phoebe was the first banded bird in North America?

John James Audubon attached silvered thread to an Eastern Phoebe’s leg to track its return in successive years.

 

 

Little Bird Bonanza at Blackwater NWR

My last post featured the start of the autumn colors from my visit to Blackwater NWR on November 4.  Here’s the start of the bird side from that same visit, along with a couple captures from my October 28 visit.

This post will feature the little birds.  The little adorable ones that flit & flicker, dash & dart, jump & jet.  Basically playing the games “peek-a-boo” and “catch me if you can” with anyone who dares to watch them.

These photos are the little birds that gave me a brief, splitting moment to capture their beauty.

First and foremost, I’ll start with a lifer to add to my list.  In the woods with both sunlight and shade, I was working too fast and both over & underexposed my shots.  But after cleaning up the photos enough to confirm ID, I can now finally add the Brown Creeper.  <happy dance>  My count is now 171, with a photo of each bird species in the wild to confirm.  For an amateur bird photographer, I don’t think that’s half bad, and I have much fun doing it.

Here’s that new lifer, the Brown Creeper.  Beg pardon on the graininess…

 

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Brown Creeper

 

Brown Creeper

 

 

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Brown Creeper

 

 

Brown Creeper

 

 

And here are the other little birds captured during the two visits.

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Savannah Sparrow

 

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Song Sparrow

 

 

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Field Sparrow

 

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Immature White-crowned Sparrow
(Thank you everyone for your ID help!)

 

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet

 

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White-breasted Nuthatch

 

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Dark-eyed Junco

 

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Eastern Phoebe

 

Eastern Phoebe

 

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Eastern Phoebe

 

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Blue Jay

 

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American Goldfinch

 

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American Goldfinch at the golden hour

 

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

 

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Yellow-rumped Warbler
(nicknamed “Butter-butt” as you can see why)

 

What fun it was with the challenge these little birds provide!

Next will be a quick post on butterflies and then the bigger birds from the same two visits.

 

 

A Final Bird Series From The Lake

I’m sitting here today in Delaware, creating this post while it is snowing outside.  It is beautiful!  We’re to get maybe 5″.  The forecast changed constantly all day, there was a chance of 10″ at one time.  Glad it’s to be less!

Back in November, as beautiful and warm as it was at Lake Greenwood, SC, I should have known I would have way more photos of birds to share than I originally thought once I finished up going through them.

To end my lake series, here are some of the other birds that were in abundance if you just stopped, looked, and listened.

Early morning was the best time to see Eagles passing over.

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The evenings were great to see the flocks of Cormorants high in the sky.

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And both early morning and at sunset, you couldn’t miss hearing the Loons calling and seeing them at a distance.

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At any time during the day, the Turkey Vultures were overhead.  Sitting in my chair, they would fly towards and over me, checking me out.  For what, I don’t know, hope they didn’t think I was dinner.

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The sparrows were flitting around everywhere, and boy did I have a hard time capturing any of them.  I did like this Chipping Sparrow shot with the background colors.

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I could hear Mallards down the lake along the shoreline, but they never swam close to our floating docks as I had seen in the past.  I did luck out one time when I heard them coming and caught them in flight passing by me.

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Always a cutie, there were quite a few Eastern Phoebes high up in the trees, enjoying the sunshine.

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Or even down by the floating docks.  As long as no one was around there.

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Finally, with my birds, I took a bunch of photos of the resident Northern Mockingbirds, they were every where, trying to protect their territory areas.  My favorites of them were of this one who I had been photographing sitting on his perch.  He/she took flight in my series.  I was headed towards that perch to look for other birs when he/she returned, obviously from bath time.

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Drying in the warm breeze, looking quite pretty!

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To end this post, I’d like to share a colorful moth that challenged me for a while….

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and another close-up of a flower I missed sharing in a previous post.

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We left the lake just before Thanksgiving and headed back to the mid-Atlantic region for the holidays to be with our families.  We’re still here as I mentioned, now enjoying this snowfall, but as I said, not the cold!

 

Taylor Creek Storm Water Treatment Center, Okeechobee, FL – Last of Series

(Taylor Creek Storm Water Management Center – Part 5 of 5)

A second visit to Taylor Creek yielded just as many photo ops as the first visit.  During the first visit, I did the top loop on the following map.  The second, I completed the bottom half of the map.  The trails on the entire map total just over three miles.  It doesn’t take much walking to discover all kinds of birds in this birder’s gem of a place!

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Here’s a few photos of the bottom loop areas that also hosted just as many birds and gators as the top loop.

(No gators this post, see Part 3 for those I photographed at both visits by clicking here.)

Many birds that I had seen the first visit were there again, many in large numbers.

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Common Moorhen

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Common Moorhen

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I came across a lone Mottled Duck taking a bath, which looked like it was having fun.  A beautiful pose was given to me when he/she was done.

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The bird fly-bys were constant so I got many chances to practice that challenge.  Sometimes one would be coming/going before you knew it.  This Wood Stork did just that; he was passing by while I was trying to photograph something else, so I failed to lock on my focus.  I still liked the series with the movement and background colors though.

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It was this second visit that I got my wish to capture a Roseart Spoonbill that I had posted separately.  Here’s a couple more photos that include a Glossy Ibis.  (another lifer for me!)

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Walking along a line of trees, I spotted two Great Blue Heron nests….

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Also way up in a tree, I spotted a Hawk with my Eagle eye.

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I quickly moved closer & took several photos in case a flight took place, then I kept moving closer & shooting, hoping I could steady enough to get a close focused shot.  Here’s my best; and it turned out to be a Red-shouldered Hawk, which I posted already this Florida trip as a new lifer for me.  These photos surpass my previous!

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This next photo I believe is an Eastern Phoebe, which I’ve photographed before.  Let me know if I’m wrong on this ID please!

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I was fooling with my settings at one point and worked on a few butterflies fluttering around, not an easy species to photograph!  I only got one worth sharing, a Great Southern White.

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In one area where there were quite a few gators, I spotted many large fish (not sure what kind and how they even survive around the gators).  Of course, I had to take on the challenge of whether I could get any good photos, even with the pollen in the water.  Didn’t really, but going to share anyway, as this fish reminded me of something.

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Did you ever see Don Knott’s 1964 movie, “The Incredible Mr. Limpet”?  I watched it numerous times as a kid and even saw it a few years ago on cable.  A silly movie, but when I saw those fish lips, it reminded me of that movie, isn’t it funny how you remember things?  I kept expecting to see one of those fish surface with glasses on.  heehee

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The next two photos (if you can stand it!), are two more lifers for me.  The first is a Crested Caracara.  Not the best but good enough to identify, and I’ve since taken a few more of one in the sky from the campground I’ll share later.

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The second new lifer is the Little Blue Heron.  We have these around the Chesapeake Bay area, but again, one that has eluded my lens.  Nailed this species this time!

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I got so many great photos of this one who was quite cooperative, I’ll share a couple more.

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His mouth was open the whole time panting, see his little tongue?  I guess he thought it was a bit hot that day.  Geez, he needs to go north and find out just how wonderful the Florida temps are this time of year!

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You’ll get a kick out of this.  There were so many Egrets and Great Blue Herons with those beautiful bright yellow beaks, that when I first spotted the next photo op at a distance, I thought I had spotted another one.

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Hey, at least it looked like a bright yellow beak at a distance!  Or maybe I was getting dizzy on bird overload.  There’s always a photo op for a good laugh!

Seriously not wanting to leave, I finally forced myself to head back to the truck.  I came around the last turn and upon a walker who was watching a Great Blue Heron.  Oh boy, one more op before I go!  The gentleman said it looked like a bird was eating a bird.  Through my lens, I could see it was a black fish.

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A few more walkers came around the corner, oooohhing and aaaahhing.  Too many humans for this fella!  He took flight right past me.

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I was very excited with the flight shots and was hoping for a good one.  Chatting with the walkers, someone hollered he was coming back.  He landed exactly back to the spot where he stood previously.  Guess that was where he wanted to eat his dinner!

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Well, no such luck for this fella.  Now with four people standing there, it still made him nervous and he took off again in the other direction.

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I’m sure he found somewhere to eat that nice size meal!

Whew, sorry for the long post!  I promised in my last one I’d finish the Taylor Creek series but didn’t realize I had so many to still share.  But this does wrap up my two visits to Taylor Creek.  I still have oodles of bird photos I took at the campground and along the road and lake piers, and do I dare say more lifers too?  🙂

I do have one more share.  In Part 1 of this Taylor Creek series, I shared a couple photos of the cows who were at the fence in the parking lot.  Laura with CreateArtEveryDay has created another one of her Face Challenges using one of those photos.  Here’s my photo and her #49 Face Challenge.

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Isn’t he whimsical and “udderly” beautiful?!!!  Thank you again, Laura, for your jazzy, artistic work!

And thank you, everyone, very much for following me along on my Florida adventures, your comments have been wonderful and humbling.  It’s not possible to wipe the smile off my face!

 

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