Archive for December, 2015


I was being annoying to Lisa because she was hounding me for dinner, and it wasn’t time yet. She surprised me by being incredibly tolerant and cute.

Needless to say, she got a bunch of kitty treats for being so nice.

This summer I had the pleasure of watching many Barn Swallows feeding their young hatchlings. There were nests lined up all along the awnings, like a little bird community.

Adult Swallow

Adult Swallow #1

Swallow feeding hatchlings (1)

Time to eat!

Swallow feeding hatchlings (2)

NOM NOM NOM

Swallows in nest (2)

“You full?”

Swallows in nest (4)

“Yep, we are full.”

Swallows in nest (3)

“Oh good, time for a nap.”

Adult Swallow

Adult Swallow #2

Hatchlings chirping (1)

FOOD FOOD FOOD!!!

Hatchlings chirping (3)

YEAH FOOD, TIME TO EAT!

Hatchlings chirping (2)

Dinner, coming right up!

 

This video shows how flexible the Egret’s neck is while preening its feathers. This bird is so white, I can’t imagine how difficult it is to keep itself so brilliantly clean that it shines in the sunlight.

Its plumage seems like silky strands of flowing hair instead of the kind of stiff looking feathers that a bird generally has. It really is a beautiful bird to see in person.

I was so lucky the footage in this next video – one day on an impulse I got a ride to the wetlands and walked for a while, through some large mud puddles even. Then I spotted this glowing figure in a tree, it was almost like a ghost.

The Egret took flight and landed about 15 feet from me and began its hunt for dinner.

White Egret Flying

Its a heron? its a stork? NO!! Its Great White Egret!!!

Great White Egret (1)

Watching, waiting… with stillness that is unmatched.

Great White Egret (2)

This bird knows just when to strike.

White Egret Ripples

My favorite picture of the lot.

Great White Egret (5)

Meep? What happened, you are so thin from the front!!

Great White Egret (4)

Posed to strike.

White Egret Fishing (2)

Prey swallowed in one swift GULP!

 

Great White Egret (6)

Gracefully curved neck.

White Egret Fishing (5)

It strikes like a cobra!

Great White Egret (8)

I love how it thrusts its beak into the air and then walks slowly with its body, seeming as though it needs to catch up with its own neck.

Great White Egret (7)

White Egret Fishing (3)

White Egret Fishing (1)

Splash!

White Egret Fishing (4)

Another successful catch.

I was on a walk through the “nature trail” and this is where it lead me:

egret 1

I would have been disappointed and had to turn around right away if it had not been for the Egrets who were wading through the flood water. Here is some footage I got with my cellphone camera:

So I stood out there, just a few feet away from them, and they didn’t really seem to mind that much. I also got to meet another wildlife photographer while I was out there in the very chilly wind.

Here are some still frames of the Egrets, I added color and effects to some of them just for fun:

Egret colorful

egret 4 brighter

Colorful egret 1

Walking egret

I was remembering oh so long ago when I used to watch Tenchi Muyo on VHS… Ah! Those were the days.

I had several tapes of the “Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki” variety and I just LOVED that little cabbit.

Ryo ohki

I always wanted to draw a picture from the episodes but alas, the screen was too blurry and pixilated to do the character any justice. Now I’m ALL GROWN UP! and I have a computer, Yay!

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