Armadillo, Head Up Pose
We have many armadillos around here. On this particular day I was on my belly near this guy hoping for this picture. I have many armadillo pictures, only this one of it looking at me. They seem oblivious to people unless they make a lot of noise.
Pileated Woodpecker Leaving Nest
The saga continues. Today it was another 1.5 hours and this time I got the shot. It is clear now that this woodpecker has little ones. I watched as she gathered bugs and returned to the nest a few times. I worked pretty hard to understand how to time her movements. This was the first success. I have hoped for this picture for years. All it took was 12 hours and 1250th of a second. All good things come to grinders. Now for the little ones.
Pileated Woodpecker at Nest
This picture is the result of patience and luck. I have set on this nest 5 times for at least 10 hours total before I caught this bird outside the nest. Generally she would just look at me from the shadows, and when I relaxed momentarily, she would fly off and I came up empty. Today she flew away and came back. I take that to mean that the babies are now hatched. She seemed feed them, but I am only guessing.
This is the pose, the look of a hummingbird ready to launch an attack. Note the fanned tail, posture and cock of the neck. The raised wing is not caught in mid beat, instead it is cocked making the hummer look much larger. You will see this pose often when another hummer flies very near.
Odd picture of a female hummer watching me between the twigs.
Taken just a moment after the hovering female displaced the flying male hummingbird.