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Sharing the wealth…

On the way home from our photography class/lunch with friends we made a stop to buy another cranberry cake for the bird feeder out back. That particular treat seems to be a favorite of just about all the birds who visit, including the crows, so we will try to keep the feeder stocked up.

As soon as we finished with our adjustments to the feeder some nosey neighbors showed up.
I hadn’t seen the sharing going on before yesterday.
This is a non breeding red wing blackbird, according to Merlin. So not the same one that was here the other day.
This downey woodpecker seems to investigate the pole itself before figuring out that the cranberry cake is her best bet.
The squirrel remains ‘baffled’. He tries to go up the pole but the baffle stops him, so he forages on the ground and cleans up all the droppings.

The feature photo isn’t great, but I was amazed to see more than one species out on the feeders. Usually a bird flying in will cause whoever is already on the feeder to leave. But not yesterday.

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Wake up call…

This morning’s wake up call was the crows, apparently sounding off because my cup feeder needed filling with meal worms. Or so I assumed. I glanced out the window to a bit of color in the sky so I was off to the park asap. When I came home I found a crow on the new fruit and nut cake I’d put in the suet feeder, plus cardinals, a downey woodpecker, a tufted titmouse, and a Carolina Chickadee all vying for a turn at the feeders. I discovered that they didn’t mind me coming out onto the lanai and opening the door so I didn’t have to shoot through the screen. My favorite is when the photo ops come to me. Can’t ask for more than that.

If I hadn’t had to fight with my sweatshirt to get it right-side-out I might have gotten out a bit earlier when the color may have been better. But I’m not complaining. It was a very nice morning. All this before I even had my first cup of coffee!

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This series of photos brought me right back to when my kids were little. I remember settling back into the wonderful antique rocking chair that my then husband had come home with one day, with a kid in my lap, and his/her body nestled into mine so comfortably, my cheek resting on the top of their head. Perfect moments, too soon gone. But remembered today…

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Attempted macro…

I was on the other side of town today so I thought I’d go to the botanical garden and see if I could take some macro photos. We had a class on macro the other day, and I told myself that the lenses I already had would do just fine to try my hand at it. Flowers stay still you see, so you can even use your tripod and see how you do. But then a butterfly starts flitting around, and you spot a woodpecker in a far tree, and that’s the end of that. Had a very interesting conversation, well, I listened, the young man talked, about the miracle of nature and whether God is responsible. His time in the service has him struggling with this, he said. Words of wisdom didn’t come to me, I hope listening was enough…

This was the most beautiful flower I saw. Lots of pruning had gone on, and with our lack of rain the flower beds were sparse.
I absolutely love this little purple flower.
The lizards were plentiful, as always.
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Eagle parenthood…

When I took the feature photo I wondered if it would be only photo I’d get today. But the eagles came through again.

I wasn’t as prepared to wait out the eagles today, I had no trike to sit on and no tripod. And yet I was there quite a while. I enjoyed a conversation with another watcher, and I declared that if I left I just knew that something would happen right away, and I’d miss it. But all I had seen by then was the adult on the eggs was rustling around a bit. I hoped that meant that it was time for a changing of the guard. I saw her pop her head up, but I didn’t realize she was calling to her mate until I saw the pictures on the iPad. The other watcher left, and yes, in a few minutes the action began.
I thought I saw the other eagle possibly flying in, so I rolled the zoom back out a bit, looking for one to land, and started shooting. I didn’t realize I’d caught the eagle on the nest as it headed out.
Suddenly the second eagle was just above the nest, and sounding off. But after just a minute or two it flew down to the nest.
And then she flew.
The burst mode on the new camera gave me at least 15 pictures of this descent into the nest.
I haven’t gotten many shots of eagles in flight so this sequence made me happy,
He landed on a branch, not on the nest as I had expected.
Once the new eagle had settled on the nest I looked to see if the first eagle had landed anywhere nearby. She stayed only a minute or two and she was off.

While waiting for something to happen I was a bit hopeful that the eggs had hatched already, if only because I thought that there would be more activity to see. Soon I think…

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Instant replays…

Wouldn’t it be great if we could roll the tape back a few seconds and correct whatever blunder we just committed? Take our foot back out of our mouth, or dodge the piece of truck tire before it hits the car and causes $2300 damage? Usually we can’t, but I went out this morning and found an instant replay of yesterday morning’s sunrise happening right outside the front door. The only difference was the lens I had on the camera…

Pink clouds, round moon, again.
A close up with the 18-400 lens.
I caught sight of the birds flying across the moon and got excited to try and zoom in and get a close up of that. Once I zoomed in I waited and waited, but I didn’t get that shot.
n real life the light on the birds made them look fabulous. Not silhouettes with that morning light shining on them.

Ever the optimist, I suppose there will be another sunrise tomorrow, and maybe the rain will stop falling, and the shop will be done with my car sometime in the foreseeable future…