Focusing on the vibrant colors of this Eastern Bluebird was easy while it stood among the leaves on the ground. Once it took flight, however, all focus was lost. Although it is lacking in clarity, I still like the way the essence of movement is captured in the next photo of this lovely little bird!
*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: focus
This puffed-up, rain-soaked, male house finch shows off its scarlet coloring. Beautiful!
*posted for JNW’s Color Your World photo challenge: scarlet
*to see more of my bird photos, click on the birds header at the top of the page
Red feathering immediately draws our attention to the cardinal. We can’t miss it. It is a stand-out bird. I have been wanting to capture a picture of a cardinal in my flowering dogwood tree. The Cardinal is the Virginia state bird and the dogwood is the state tree. Finally, I got my chance! Here is the photo, recently posted on my Instagram.
Here is one more photo of a cardinal perched on a pole above the bird feeder in my yard. He’s a beauty!
*posted for JNW’s Color Your World challenge:red
I had never walked this path before. I was almost back at the starting point when I unexpectedly spotted this magnificent bird wading in the water. I was shocked by its size since I had been watching for little songbirds. It was certainly a surprise to see this great blue heron take flight! It was also a surprise to realize I had actually managed to capture the moment!
Here it is standing tall, with its long neck extended, before it was surprised by me.
These last two pictures were taken later at a different nearby location, but it could be the same bird! I have now seen a single great blue heron standing near water at four different spots in my town!
Here is a view of its face and beak.
Isn’t this a cool bird? To see more about birds, you can click on the bird header at the top of my page.
*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: surprise
Nesting Haiku (Peck)
Peck, peck, each day
Find the spot and peck away
Ready for nesting
I have been watching red-bellied woodpeckers pecking the wood in this old tree. It is amazing to see how they have transformed the branch with a perfect circle entry way to the nest. It must go pretty deep, because I have seen the male bird go completely into the branch and then turn to stick his head back out. This was the moment that I actually saw the pair together at their nesting site. I guess this means they have completed the courting ritual and agreed on the nest location. I will be keeping watch for new developments!
This is my third 2017 post for year three of Cardinal Guzman’s photo challenge, The Changing Seasons. You can post a photo gallery (V1) or a single photo (V2) that showcases your view of the month. You can check out the Cardinal’s page for the general challenge rules and join right in! His photos are fantastic and this month he has an extensive gallery! Like last year, I am planning to add a haiku along with my single V2 photo each month. Even though it has been said that a picture paints a thousand words, I like pairing pictures and words; both can still mean different things to different people.
All my previous Changing Seasons posts are in one place under the Changing Seasons header at the top of the page. And, I also have a bird header where all my bird pictures are gathered.
Take a look around my blog if you are interested! Comments are welcome!
The iridescent purple head and golden eye are distinctive features of a grackle. This smart bird was supposed to be too big for this feeder, but it figured out a way to get some food! It used its size to its advantage by reaching its head around to grab a tasty treat!
Here is another view:
*posted for JNW’s color your world challenge: royal purple
I love those mystery (is it purple or is it blue?) colors!
This European Starling must have a great view from atop a perch in an old tree! Talk about a bird’s eye view; this bird can see it all! Sometimes viewed as a nuisance bird, I think the starling is interesting and beautiful in its own right. It certainly stands out against the clear blue sky.
Here is another picture of the bird, nesting in a tree cavity and taking in the view.
*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: atop
(4 photos) I often take a walk in the park. The road taken to the park is not new to me. The pathway around the park is not new to me.
Of course, I am always looking for birds. This weekend, on a walk in the park, I saw an Eastern Phoebe bird for the first time! Yes, this was exciting to me! Even though many people already know of this bird, it felt like a new discovery to me. Sometimes, even the familiar road, often taken, will offer a surprise!
Today, I had the pleasure of seeing and photographing four kinds of birds. The Eastern Phoebe, pictured above, is a flycatcher and I watched it swoop low to the ground to catch bugs in mid flight!
I also watched a White-Breasted Nuthatch, upside down, pecking and posing in a tree.
The park is a haven for bluebirds with bluebird boxes spaced all around. This Eastern Bluebird perched prettily on a branch.
And, I got to see, and hear, this sweet song sparrow! It was singing its little heart out!
These little birds, so vivid and distinctive from one another, are amazing and fill me with wonder. I just want to take pictures of them all! It’s a good thing that I know which road to take to find them!
JNW’s Color Your World photo challenge theme for today is sky blue. I just love a clear blue sky! And, if you look close, you can see the pretty blue feathers on this bluejay too! I was double blessed with the beautiful view!
Have a great weekend, everybody!
Podium Haiku (Parked)
Lonely at the top
Parked upon a podium
Here is my second post of the year for Cardinal Guzman’s monthly photo challenge The Changing Seasons. The picture pairs coastal and inland elements. About five hours from the beach, this seagull (along with a small flock) has settled at a local shopping mall parking lot. Parking lot poles have become a part of this ring-billed gull’s natural environment! It still seems strange to see an ocean bird perched on the mall light pole when the shore is so far away. The expanse of gray asphalt must look like the ocean from up above!
Looking up gulls in my bird guide, I learned that the ring-billed gull is actually a widely seen gull found on all bodies of water and it is common to my area in the winter. Most interesting to me, the guide says these birds are often seen loitering around parking lots looking for handouts of food! Smart birds!