An Eagle Flew Overhead
Enjoyed a walk in Delta Ponds this morning and saw a variety of ducks and some herons and egrets. Then a Bald Eagle flew high overhead, the first I have seen since a pair nested on Skinner Butte. Anytime I see an eagle is a good day!
Cute Little Dickens
I think this little guy is a ground squirrel, in contrast to the red and gray squirrels commonly found here. This one is colored like the gray squirrel is in some stages. But it has a spotted back, which makes me think of the ground squirrel. Can someone positively ID it for me?
Along the Trail
Results of another morning walk. It feels good to get out there.
Is This Where They Got the Design for the Concorde?
I watched this Great Egret for a while this morning as it hunted along the shore of one of the Delta Ponds. When it flew to another spot to hunt I got a couple shots of it with stretched out neck and spread wings. It reminded me of the British Concorde jet plane, a fabulous design. It made me wonder if the egret perhaps influenced that design.
Fooled by Decoys
Spent some enjoyable time in wetlands where I heard shots being fired. I watched for the hunters as I walked along and finally came upon them. One of them began wading into the pond and I thought that he must have got a duck among those nearby. I thought it was strange that none of the ducks took flight when I realized they were all decoys! Fooled me! But it makes a good picture. :)
Old Buttermilk Sky
The pretty buttermilk sky in this scene from Clearwater Park reminded me of the old Hoagy Carmichael song, called 'Old Buttermilk Sky'. You can do a search online for the expression ‘buttermilk sky’ and find lots of photos.
You may not remember the song, it's an oldie. But here is a newer version of it that he sang with Crystal Gayle: Click here
Catch of the Day!
I just noticed this image again today. I made the shot of the Red-wing Blackbird back in June and forgot all about it. But now I do remember being pleased with my capture, so I decided to share it now. Hope you like it too!
Good Day for a Walk
We have had quite a bit of stormy weather lately, but not on this day (not today)! The sun was shining, the sky was blue. What else could one ask for? I certainly enjoyed that walk.
This morning, I came upon a couple deer bedded down. I stopped and stayed motionless when I saw them until they got comfortable with me there. Then I was able to shoot pictures of them without disturbing them. They merely looked at me curiously. I enjoyed watching and photographing them, then left without disturbing them.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) website has this to say about deer bedding areas:
"An area of flattened vegetation 3 to 4 feet long and 2 to 3 feet wide indicates where a deer has bedded down. Deer sleep in dense cover or tall grasses and may return to the same spot over many days. Since deer often travel in small groups, there may be several “deer beds” in the same vicinity. During winter, similarly sized depressions in the snow, often littered with old hairs, characterize bed-sites."
The Day's Catch
Well, probably not the only catch of the day! I don't know how many fish per day a Great Blue Heron requires, but I do know they are prolific fishers. One of the benefits of Delta Ponds is food that is plentiful for the wildlife that is found there. I have seen herons catch fish that I thought they couldn't get down. But they did! I could watch the bulge of the fish as it went down through that long neck. This catch is a small one.
This scene includes farmland bordering some wetlands. It's a pretty area whether the weather is good or bad. I loved the rich colors of tree and grasses against a stormy weather background.
The Colorful Red -eared Slider
Look up the Red-eared Slider on the Internet and you will find many references to caring for them as pets. They are the most popular turtles when it comes to having one for a pet. This is all well and good if they are cared for as they should be. But when people tire of them they don't know what to do with them. Unfortunately, some take them out to places where there are bodies of water and turn them loose, not thinking about the effects of releasing invasive species into an area where they may affect the balance of nature. Such is the case in Delta Ponds where the Red-eared Sliders seem to be taking over from the native Pond Turtles. This could have a serious effect on the population of the Pond Turtles, who lose habitat and food to the larger, more aggressive Sliders. One does have to admit that they are great looking turtles, and much more colorful than Pond Turtles.