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Friday, November 28, 2008

Recent Nature Photos

Saw this great white egret during a hike at Northlake Nature Center the other day.

The boardwalk at Northlake.

3 blue jays (a cardinal pair wasn't far off.) Shortly after taking this shot, a handful of mourning doves came down to eat, followed by a flock of 12 red-winged blackbirds, the most I've ever seen here (or anywhere, to be honest,) at once. I also saw my first 2 goldfinches of this Winter yesterday.

One of our 30ish chipping sparrows.

Yesterday there were 3 huge leaf footed bugs on our front door & windows. (Thanks to Marvin for the correction!)

22 comments:

Ello said...

Oh ugh on the stink bugs! But that first picture is an absolute beauty!

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Egret, heron. They somehow look the same to me,thought, of course,they're not.

Incomparable pix.

Sidney said...

Love the birds. The giant bug kind of sneaks up on you as you scroll down. :-)

debra said...

Wonderful photos, as always, Lana. I am looking outside at snow. We still have a few Goldfinches handing around. I keep telling them that you're waiting for them.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Lovely nature photos, Lana!!! I've never seen an egret in nature. They are beautiful, snowy white birds.

Hugs, JJ

Lana Gramlich said...

Ello; Thanks. We don't really mind the stink bugs. They don't hassle us, so we don't hassle them.

Ivan; Thank you. The main differences between the egret & the heron is that egrets are all white & herons are usually not (although they can be, more typically in Florida.) Besides that, herons (great blue ones, anyway,) tend to be much larger.

Sidney; I hadn't thought about the bug when I included it. In retrospect, thanks for the laugh!

Debra; Thanks for reminding me--I started seeing goldfinches yesterday! I've updated the post. :)

JJ; Great white egrets (the largest variety,) are stunning. Particularly in breeding plumage (which this one's not showing, at this time of year.)

Charles Gramlich said...

Did you mention how one of the stink bugs carried off a small local dog the other day?

it could happen.

Tabib said...

Lovely variety of nature pics.

Donnetta Lee said...

These remind me of parts of Florida, Lana. Just outside of Punta Gorda there is a wild life reserve area (I forget the name.) It looks so much like this. Neat pictures as always. Love the birds. Ooo. That stink bug gives me the shivers. D

Drowsey Monkey said...

Oh damn you! LOL!! I was enjoying that 2nd last photo ... it's so pretty! Then I scrolled!

Luiz Ramos said...

Nature shots. Great.
Thanks for share them.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Charles,

I hear that down in Florida, they have catfish that come right out of the water and fight with dogs.

Birdfreak said...

Great shots, LOVE the sting bug!

Marvin said...

Love your nature photos, Lana. They're all great, but the egret is my favorite. Fantastic photo.

The bottom bug is some kind of Leaffooted Bug, often commonly called squash bugs. (Squash bugs are actually one particular group of leaffooted bugs.) The leaf-like (sort of) structure on its rear legs is the identifying characteristic. It is a close relative of stink bugs. Both are true bugs and both suck plant juices when not carrying away small dogs.

Steve Malley said...

Charles, your stinkbugs should meet some of Minnesota's mosquitoes: I once saw four of them carry off a baby, carriage and all!

Lana, love your photos, just love 'em!!

Travis Erwin said...

Love the Egret.

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; You'd better have a keen eye...they may take off with your car someday!

Tabib, Luiz, Birdfreak & Steve; Thank you!

Donnetta; Yes, I think much of Florida & S. Louisiana are quite similar. Both hot, humid & swampy, of course!

Drowsey; It woke you up, though, right? ;) *L*

Ivan; I believe those catfish are called "alligators." ;)

Marvin; Thanks much, both for the kind words and the correction! You learn something new every day. :)

Travis; I love living where egrets are. I feel so lucky to see them (as I didn't see any for the 1st half of my life!)

Miladysa said...

OMG

You got me!

Dreamy photos - and then the *&@$"! Bug!

Lana Gramlich said...

Miladysa; Awww, c'mon. Bugs aren't all bad! ;)

Michelle (artscapes) said...

Other than the occasional squirrel, chickadee or deer, we are pretty much not seeing any more wildlife! Love the photos!

Nomad Flavor said...

Very nice...All of them.

Lana Gramlich said...

Michelle; Thanks. :) Worry not! I'll take good care of your birds & send them home fat & happy in the Spring. :)

Nomad Flavor; Thank you kindly!

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