Beautiful Belted Kingfisher
I have long wanted to get a good shot of a Belted Kingfisher. They are so shy and elusive, I always had trouble getting close enough. The other day, I was able to get a nice photo of this male Kingfisher with the long zoom on my camera. I was thrilled! The photo was shot at Delta Ponds.
One time, while at Alton Baker Park, I heard a loud crash in the water by the trail. I thought it was a branch from a tree hitting the water. When I looked, out from under the surface came a Belted Kingfisher, flying away. I couldn't tell if it had a fish. It all happened so fast that I just stood there in shock. When I finally recovered, all I got was a shot of its tail as it flew off.
Nope, not the traditional site of the Pilgrims' landing on a rock at Plymouth, Massachusetts! Rather, this is a Barred Plymouth Rock chicken, a pretty fellow, I think. It was standing near the sidewalk when I walked by and seemed to pose for me. What could I do, except shoot a picture?
A Lover of Gardens
A first year Golden-crowned Sparrow, less colorful than older adults. Golden-crowned Sparrows are easy to attract to your backyard with seeds from ground feeders, also the fruits and buds of flowers that grace your yard. But beware, they might also go for the cabbages, beets, and peas from your vegetable garden. Share and share alike, I say!
"Glory of the Snow"
These flowers seem to flourish in just a bed of rocks. They are such a beautiful shade of blue. I am not sure what the flowers are but I do know I really like them. Thanks to a couple friends, I learned what the flower is. To quote one of them, "Quite possibly Chionodoxa Luciliae better known to is amateurs as "glory of the snow"."
Eye To Eye
This duck at Alton Baker Park was sleeping with one eye open to watch me. :) I couldn't resist taking a shot! Love that sharp eye!
The turkey vultures are again at Delta Ponds. I haven't seen them there since last spring. I went to the Ponds this morning to see if anything new was happening and, other than the vultures, the only thing happening was the rain. I soon got rained out, but not before I got a few shots of the vultures.
It seems that it is time for the geese at Delta Ponds to have their little ones. They have been nesting around the Ponds. This morning, I saw a momma Canada Goose with a half dozen babies. They are so cute! It's always a delight to see them. I was across a small pond from them, not up close. There should be a lot of them soon, since the geese seem to come here during the breeding season.
I was so happy to see my little hummingbird friend at Delta Ponds, again in the same area of the Ponds as before. It will pause for a moment on a twig, and then zoom high in the air and perhaps make a loop or two and land again in the same spot. So much fun to watch, and an opportunity for photos if I am patient. I am building a nice collection of images of the little entertainer. :)
I Decided Not to Go There!
I came upon this scene while exploring roads in the area. Looks like fair warning to me! :) I didn't go there! It is great fun to roam the area and see what I come across. One never knows what to expect!
One Smart Turkey!
I came across a group of turkeys when driving on Fox Hollow Road. As they crossed the road, most of them headed for an open field. This one knew just where to go! One smart turkey! :)
Twig of the Pussy Willow
Pussy Willows grow best when near lots of water. So those in Delta Ponds thrive! I find the shoots of the pussy willow tree to be beautiful.
"Growing Requirements for Pussy Willow Trees
Pussy Willows are hardy in USDA zones 4-8.
They grow well in almost any soil but it is a good idea to supplement the native soil
with peat moss, leaf mold or compost.
Pussy Willows require full sun to thrive,
but they will survive in light or partial shade as well.
As with most species of Willow, they grow best when given lots of water."