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Surprise…

I think Dad forgot that Mom was in the birdhouse, because I wasn’t the only one surprised when she suddenly launched herself out the door and off to who knows where.    My view through the lens was this one, and the feature photo is the next one.  Startled him right off his feet, and I didn’t see it until I looked at the pictures in the computer.03-25-20bluebirdsagain They got me excited yesterday.  I happened to look out the window and Dad was on the drain spout with a nice little worm in his mouth.  I immediately got excited that they were feeding babies, or at least he was feeding Mom while she was on some pretty blue eggs.  But off she flew, and he gulped down his catch, and I was left scratching my head.

Mom was back and forth the rest of the day, but still bringing nesting materials.  She did stop to pose for me though.03-26-20bluebirdlooks4.jpg03-26-20bluebirdlooks3.jpg03-26-20bluebirdlooks.jpg03-26-20bluebirdlooks2.jpg03-26-20bluebirdlooks5.jpgDad’s contribution to all this was to sit on my TV antenna and serenade all of us while Mom was busy.  All day.  All day busy for her, all day as the singing supervisor for him.  I guess it works for them…03-26-20bluebirddad.jpg03-26-20bluebirddad2.jpg03-26-20bluebirddadcamera.jpg

And this is my new normal.  Considering social isolation and the impending possibility of a new little bluebird family right on my doorstep, so to speak.  Big heavy lens and big heavy tripod, in the living room, at the ready…

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Great Blue Herons…

When the subject of the Venice rookery came up I got excited.  I had been there once before and was tickled to see Great Blue Herons nesting and raising chicks.  I know I claim to love the Woodstork chicks best, they being so ugly they’re cute, but there is something about those GBH babies that tickles me.  Of all of the chicks I’ve seen I think they most look like miniature versions of their parents.  So off we went on our adventure, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Upon arrival I was a little disappointed to see far fewer nests than I had expected.  I was a little worried until I spotted a nicely placed nest with good camera angles to use.  I think I took almost 100 pictures before I kicked myself in the butt and decided to go back to the car for the bigger lens and tripod.  03-20-20daytripbluebabies.jpg03-20-20daytripbluebabies2.jpg03-20-20daytripbluebabies3.jpg

I was even there when Dad brought home the bacon, so to speak.  I don’t know how much of it was fed to the ‘kids’, but a minute later it was down the hatch.

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The 18-400 lens is no slouch, but I did take quite a few photos with the 150-600…03-20-20daytripbluebabiesbig.jpg03-20-20daytripbluebabiesbig3.jpg03-20-20daytripbluebabiesbig4.jpg

As you can see from the feature photo there were more than Great Blue Herons at the rookery, but we’ll get to them…

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Not the usual subjects…

Okay, alligators aren’t all that unusual here in Florida, and neither is this leatherback turtle.  I used to see them in my back yard, they are water turtles.  But they come on land to lay eggs, and it seems that what this one was hell bent on finding a spot for exactly that.  I saw her throwing sand as she dug, flinging a shovel-full with each foot.03-20-20daytripbottlenosed2Another photographer called this a ”bottlenose turtle”, so I took a close up.  Now that’s a face only a mother could love.03-20-20daytripbottlenosedI have a time of it when I see a black water bird.  Are they cormorants or anhingas? I said this out loud and was told the cormorants have a hook on their beak, and anhinga’s beaks are straight.  So that’s settled.  Those three young cormorants on their nest were making quite the racket.  They looked big enough to fend for themselves to me!03-20-20daytripanhinga.jpg03-20-20daytripcormorant203-20-20daytripcormorantsA woman with very impressive photo equipment and an Audubon tee shirt on said that the bird flying over was a northern harrier, so I started shooting.  Not the greatest picture but it’s the best one I got.  Something new to me.03-20-20daytripnorthernharrier.jpgWhile Limpkins aren’t new to me they aren’t all the easy to spot.  And I wonder if this one had dredged up his favorite dinner, an apple snail?  Can’t say for sure.03-20-20daytriplimpkin.jpgBut the last, and most unexpected, photo of the day is this last one.  I was on a boardwalk when some kids started talking about the wild pig they were seeing across the water.  And sure enough there he was.  03-20-20daytrippig.jpgThere are still a lot of photos to go through, but it seems that time at home will be there order of the day from now on, so that’s really a good thing.  Hope everyone has things to keep them busy, and to keep them calm and happy while we watch events unfold.

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Homemaking…

It seems like this bluebird pair have taken the admonition to self-quarantine to heart.  After not noticing any activity recently they have suddenly decided to cozy-up their little house.  They were back and forth all morning, arriving with nest building material and flying off ,only to come right back and do it again.  I took pictures out the window and then decided to go outside and shoot with the tripod and bigger lens.  Happily, they didn’t seem to mind the attention from me.  I only watched for a little while and got a zillion pictures, so I decided to let them be.  It would be so nice to have a front row seat to watch them raise a family.  I hope that will happen anyhow.  It will make staying home a lot more fun…03-16-20bluebird803-16-20bluebird703-16-20bluebird603-16-20bluebird503-16-20bluebird403-16-20bluebird303-16-20bluebird203-16-20bluebird103-16-20bluebird903-16-20bluebird10

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Oh happy day…

I had talked myself out of going out for the sunrise this morning.  I’m not quite sure what has happened to that irresistible urge to go out and take pictures, but I seem to have to force myself out of the these days.  That’s how things stood until I remembered my resolve from last night, to go to Walmart early in hopes that their overnight restocking of the shelves would mean that I might find a package of toilet paper so I could relax.  And I did!  But I only bought one package, which means that the next dozen or so people who came in looking for it might find a package because that’s all that was on the shelves.  As I was arriving I saw a woman with a stack of cartons of eggs in her arms.  Balanced one on top of the other, the top one held in place gently by her chin, she was making a bee line for the exit.  I have to wonder what that was all about.

So the plan was to hit Walmart first, and then head to the sunrise unless I missed it.  But I didn’t.  A serene sunrise, when serenity is just what we need more of at the moment.  I got obsessed with that bird against the color in the sky.  Can you see him in this picture too?  That’s a good example of the zoom lens.03-16-20serenityscene203-16-20serenity203-16-20serenityscene103-16-20serenity3

And I came home to action at the bluebird house.  I’ve gotten discouraged that they really weren’t nesting in there this year because I hadn’t noticed them lately, but they were busy little bees today. 03-16-20serenitybirdhouse

I headed outside with tripods and lenses to see what I could see.  Stay tuned…

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All I’ve got…

Do you know how long I’ve wanted to find this bridge that I would see in photos from my camera group which is based in St. Pete?  Driving ‘down there’ was out of my comfort zone, and even when Charley was alive we didn’t head down there often, and if we did then he was the driver.  I think of it as ‘down there’ kind of like I refer to wanting to return to New England as ‘up north’.  I have no clue what exactly I’m referring to, it’s a direction not a specific place.  And when I said that sure, I’d join the group for a shoot at the Causeway bridge I didn’t have a clue that this bridge was what they meant.  There are, after all, a lot of bridges in the area and they are all ‘down there’.  I didn’t plan ahead, I was too busy worrying over my iPhone, knowing that starting a function called ‘restore from backup’ an hour before I was due to leave the house was probably not a great idea.  But of course I did it anyway, and left without a photo to save me if I got lost. All of this to explain how it was that I left with the 10-18mm lens on the camera, and with it probably set all wrong for the circumstances.  So all my pictures are ridiculously noisy.  That’s a term I see used in photography but can’t always see what they are talking about.  There was no problem seeing it in these pictures though, and I was heart broken when I saw them in the computer.  This is a lesson to me, or would be if only I knew the specifics of what I did wrong.  So forgive me, but I love the idea of these photos, and I hope to get down there again soon for a do-over, but for now this is all I’ve got…03-06-20bridge03-06-20bridgetoonoisy03-06-20bridgenoisy03-06-20bridgenoisy203-06-20bridgeadobelandscape