Green Heron's Bad Hair Day
This Green Heron was on a log nearby the walkway in Delta Ponds. It remained there a good long time. I watched it a while, then finally went on to see other things in the Ponds. But not before it fluffed itself all up and moved down the log. I caught this interesting pose, making this morning's trip worthwhile. :)
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?
Dancing on Air
This Great Blue Heron was in the midst of a jump from the pond to the log and looks suspended in space. They can be such awkward looking creatures but are actually quite graceful. I got several shots as it made its move and it was beauty in motion.
You Meet The Nicest People!
Yes, you do meet the nicest people on the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Trail! The trail runs for miles along the Willamette River and connects Eugene and Springfield. The 12 mile Eugene section passes through several parks, including Delta Ponds. It was here that I met this nice quartet of ladies. Their interesting shirts caught my eye. They explained that the words were the motto of a doctor they all had in common who died suddenly just recently. He must have been a good doctor and kind man for them to have such pleasant memories of him. It was great to meet them on the trail.
In The Spotlight
I love to see things in the bright sunlight while the surroundings are dark. It gives a nice spotlight effect, drawing attention to what caught my attention and interest. That is what happened here. The brightly lit red berries and lush green leaves created a nice centerpiece for the picture, at least I thought so. Hope you do too! It's my nature's still life. :)
This pair of Greater Yellowlegs looked so beautiful as they waded in Delta Ponds looking for food, at least to me! Not many shorebirds showed up at the Ponds this year, because there isn't much water. But I always keep an eye out for them as I walk there.
Cool Facts from All About Birds:
"Food - Insects, small aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, small fish, frogs, and occasionally seeds and berries."
"Behavior - Wades in water and picks up prey it sees, sweeps bill side-to-side through water to catch prey by feel."
Showing Up at the Ponds
It's the time of the year for the shorebirds to make their appearance at Delta Ponds. I saw my first two this morning, Greater Yellowlegs I believe. The water is now low enough for them to browse along the shore for their food. I am always glad to see them.
Upon returning from a walk in Delta Ponds, I came upon a group who had reserved part of the Valley River Center's parking lot and had a practice course set up with orange cones. A couple great looking sports cars were making runs. An orange car that looked something like a 2012 McLaren posted by a fellow Pbaser, Laura, yesterday. The other was this gorgeous black car. Could it be a Ferrari? I don't know sports cars that well.
Among My Souvenirs
Carol has some items from among her Grandmother Miller's keepsakes. She wanted me to take a picture of them for others in the family. So away we go! The items are a cup with her grandmother's name on it, her wedding picture, a glove that perhaps was worn at the wedding and an embroidered handkerchief with her initial. I wanted a white background but had a blue one handy, so used it. This is the result of our work.
A fitting song for the occasion, 'Among My Souvenirs', by Marty Robbins -
A Good Day!
Like most animals and birds, the Green Heron's existence depends on its daily search for food. This heron had a good day at Delta Ponds! It caught a large fish and, for a relatively small bird, was able to swallow it without any trouble. I am not sure what kind of fish it is, but would guess it is a Carp. The heron still took time to fluff its feathers to dry them after its plunge into the water.
Face to Face
Carol photographed her subject face to face at 80.
He's got lots of miles under the belt, a good share of that walking since retirement. It's also been lots of fun.
Froggy went a-courting, then he croaked.
Well ok, I don't know if he was courting but he was croaking. Bullfrogs aren't native to Delta Ponds.
However, the herons, egrets and river otters there sure like them.