Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hiking around

Watching, left-right-center, young catbird
First hummer of the season, pluck-luck, there and gone
Common yellow throat flirting with me

Back to catbird, now singing
another common yellow throat
Love the wasp construction. I think this is a yellow jacket,  not sure, don't really care. It's the total build that fascinates me.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Squeak and don't scurry

The Gill, Laupot Bridge end. There is a rat infestation, multi-generational, the great grandparents, grandparents,parents, Uncles, Aunts, cousins, in-laws, kids, babies, bold faced stare-you-in-the-face rats living in logs, under longs, under rocks, in tree roots. They can climb trees, and rocks,... not attacking, but when a rat stares into your lanes and doesn't make a move to run that's trouble. Friendly rats. Who needs that?! They can't be poisoned, because then our beloved hawks will dine on poisoned rats and die.   Down by  path leading to the lake a young rat watching people. Tourist: "Oh look, how cute."  Me: "That's not a squirrel. That's a rat."  Tourist:  "Adorable. If I had known I would have brought cupcakes". God forbid!  

Assorted fun

Black and white warbler on the food hunt
Same for the common yellow throat warbler
Hickory tree nut  pods. Heavy.
Papa cardinal always watching me.
The cardinal youngster now able to pick a bit on her own.
Fascinating anatomy, like a stick figure wasp.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Testing a lens set-up

 Today's project was to try carrying the big lens with a 2x converter. Very heavy, too heavy.  Nice close-ups, but not in my comfort zone.  End of that trial.
Weirdest robin I've seen in a while. Molting? Fight? No idea.
She likes the berries, especially sun warmed.
Fantastic spider's web, but I couldn't find the spider.
Trying to see how close I could focus without getting stung. Bees and wasps in this space.

Friday, August 25, 2017

This and that, park roaming

My pal the nuthatch, not too gentle request for food.
Beautiful immature robin, Survival of the fittest
There's a hearty rat population in the park.
I didn't know what I was watching. Fascinating. A cicada killer wasp. Didn't mind the camera. In flight for this first shot.
It looks like a Disney creation.