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Monday, January 7, 2008

Birds of Fontainebleau State Park

Another lovely day (with clearing gray skies)
yesterday, so we went for another hike...

We found a boardwalk being replaced (much of the park has been closed since Hurricane Katrina, although repairs are underway.)

5 American coots of about 12 in the immediate area.

An American Robin.

2 red-winged blackbirds. There were at least a dozen flitting about, but I wasn't able to get any pictures of the group. These were the first red-winged blackbirds I've seen since I moved here.

2 Canada geese (although I'm not 100% sure on that.)

Some kind of seagull and a northern mockingbird.

A common crow and a brown pelican, state bird of Louisiana.

There were more birds than this of course, including a cardinal, a hairy woodpecker, a great blue heron and numerous little, wedge-shaped flyers I got some pictures of.


Julie said...

..Lovely clear light and shots.

Ello said...

Great pictures. Do you have a flickr account? I love flickr cause I can go see everyone's pictures. Yours are awesome nature shots, my favorite kinds!

Lana Gramlich said...

Julie; Thank you!

Ello; Thanks! No, actually, I don't have a flickr account. I've been considering getting one, but nothing's really been pushing me in that direction very strongly...If I do, I'll let you know!

Marvin said...

Sounds like y'all had a great birding outing.

Middle Ditch said...

I often see your name when I visit blogs and I thought to look you up. I absolutely love those pictures.

Travis Erwin said...

Great shots. I never tire of seeing and experiencing nature.

I have a picture of a young male cardinal that I took as my home computers wallpaper. One of these days I 'll get around to posting it on my blog.

You are lucky to live so close to such spectacular place.

Miladysa said...

I particularly LOVE the Northern Mockingbird photograph!

Also love your profile photograph, the diadem is lovely - I'm partial to them myself ;)

Lana Gramlich said...

middle ditch; Thanks for stopping by & for the kind words! I'll return the favor shortly.

travis; We are pretty fortunate--we're practically surrounded by such places. One of these days I'd like to get a digiscope for my camera, so I can get those great, up close & personal shots.

miladysa; Thank you! I was surprised the mockingbird came out that well, as I was zoomed way in without a tripod. The diadem is from the Louisiana Renaissance Festival (a couple of years back.) My wedding was the first real opportunity I had to wear it.

Steve Malley said...

I'm afraid I'm in for some birdwatching today too. The Dynamo likes to march me up the sides of terribly steep things, 'for my own good'.

We see a lot of birds. They're pleasant and sometimes distract me from the black spots in my vision and the numbnes in my left arm...


Lana Gramlich said...

Steve; *LOL* Do you have a digital camera? If so, perhaps you bring it along someday (if it won't cramp you any worse,) & share some of your photos!

Anyone interested; I'm blown away right now at the dozens of birds in the backyard. My 4 goldfinches have become 11, & that's besides the 28 chipping sparrows, the plethora of "usual" cardinals, etc.! It looks like our backyard is moving...very surreal!

Lisa said...

What a wonderful hike you had. . .so many birds!! :) Beautiful pictures!

Thanks for your visit to my blog and for your nice comment!

Travis said...

Great photos! I've never been any good at bird watching. My kitty sure enjoys it!

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

Looks like you had a great day! Lucky you!

Erik Donald France said...

Delighftful. Nothing quite as such in Detroit today, though it's unseemly warm for Jan'y.

eric1313 said...


Birds are as free, yet their captured image impart that feeling to another just by seeing them.

Wonderful shutter work.

Charles Gramlich said...

Definietely want to see that marsh again some morning or late evening, and have the binoculars with us.

Lana Gramlich said...

Lisa; Thank you, too! We try to get out for hikes on the weekends, at least.

Travis; *LOL*

zen birdfeeder; Yes! It seems to be getting crazy out there these days! Very nice. :)

erik; Get it while you can. I'll go have a beer on our deck for you. ;)

eric1313; I've enjoyed bird watching since I was a little kid. They're like flying jewels, y'know?

charles; It's definitely a date.

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