"The Precocious Killdeer"
One can learn some interesting things about the Killdeer online. Almost as soon as they hatch, they follow their parents, scurrying around searching for something to eat. Even though they can't fly and need their parents, they have a bit of an independent air about them. Though it is a shorebird, of the Plover family, the Killdeer can be found in many places far from the shore. They are also quite skilled at a broken wing routine used to draw attention away from their babies. Yes, precocious is a good description for the Killdeer! :)
Kingfisher Stopped in Mid-flight!
What a fine day! I got lots of nice shots at Delta Ponds! I was especially excited to get a shot of the elusive Kingfisher in mid-flight! I have enough trouble seeing those speedsters. But, today I even got a few shots of this one on a stump with a small fish in its beak! It was on the other side of the pond, so a little too far away. I will get to that shot later and see if I got it.
Besides this, I shot the usual Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Great Egret, Cormorant and Western Scrub Jay. Also captured a Greater Yellowlegs, Wood Duck, and Black Capped Chickadee, besides a few others. The water is sure getting low, however. Hope the birds don't desert us!
One Never Know Who They Might Meet on a Walk!
On a neighborhood walk, I came across this cutie in an elementary school field. Possibly, it could have got out of someone's yard. It didn't seem too much afraid of me. But then maybe it could see that I am harmless! Anyway, it stayed still just long enough to pose for me. I loved the color of its fur!
Strange Looking Sky In The West
On our way home from Portland last night, I saw this view of the sky as a slit of light broke through the dark clouds and smoke. The sky was heavy with smoke from all the fires going on now. The narrow bending column almost made me think of s funnel cloud, that could become a tornado if it touched the ground. It probably was just a strange cloud formation, unlike any I have seen before. But I am no meteorologist, so I can't explain what was going on. I was fortunate to get a shot of it from a fast moving car. No, I wasn't driving. :)
Today's Selfie - Eye See You!
We spent over three hours at the Casey Eye Institute today, much of it getting photographs made of the eye to gauge the size of the growth and check on overall condition of the eye. Reports were good! But there was also considerable time spent waiting. Had my little V1 with me and spent time looking around for likely subjects. In the restroom mirror I found one, me! So, here you go, my selfie for today. :) I liked it better in B&W.
Trail Along The Willamette River
Starting out from Clearwater Park, I enjoyed walking this trail along the Willamette River. The sky was a beautiful blue, with bright sunshine. The scenery was delightful. It made for a very good day!
For some reason, the Great Blue Herons at Delta Ponds don't want the Great Egrets sharing their spots in the ponds. They often chase them away, and that is actually what is happening here. The Great Egrets, though the same size, don't fight back. They just fly away. It almost looks like a mid-air collision. And there were spectators too, the duck and me! :)
A Regal Rose
Here is another beautiful rose from the Owens Rose Garden, such a pretty place this time of year! I love wandering there. And I am always looking for a sunlit rose against a shady background that can fade into darkness behind the rose, making it jump out at the viewer. Hopefully, this one does that to you. :)
Yours Truly by Justin
I enjoyed a visit with my young friend, Justin. I took him for a walk in Delta Ponds where he shot this photo of me. We had a good time!
On Today's Menu
As I watched, this Green Heron jumped into the water and back on this stump with its catch. They are so fast! At least I caught it with the catch in its beak, but it wasn't long before it swallowed its meal. It's interesting how little green is on the Green Heron, just a hint of green in the wings and green on top of its head. The image was made at Delta Ponds.
In The Rose Garden
This beauty was among the many flowers gracing the Owens Rose Garden in Eugene. I enjoyed the visit.