Category: Animals / Nature


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

One day while we were walking we passed under a tree and heard a strange voice. So we stopped and said “Hello?” then we heard it again!

I got out my camera and found the bird who was making the sound and asked it “Hello?” again in a funny voice, the crow responded!

No idea what it said exactly, but it was definitely talking.

These birds are so cute and tiny compared to the huge sunflowers that they are eating from! If you watch the video closely, you can see a number of bees flying about and they are of considerable size when you compare them to the size of this little bird.

I thought that this particular garden was much nicer than the others I had passed while I was “On Safari”. Not because of the flowers, but more because it was feeding the wildlife in the area.

Now for some snapshots!

Finch 1

Two Little Finches on Sunflowers

Finch 3

Picking sunflower seeds is hard work!

Finch 2

So is opening them!

Finch 4

Almost hidden, the upside down bird gets a meal.

Finch 5

This little bird is full and ready to go home.

Throughout the summer (2015) I kept my eyes open for butterflies and tried my best to get as much footage as I could. I’m pretty happy with some of the close up shots that I got. Okay.. so one of the butterflies in the video was from a couple years ago, but I think it fits well with the other flutterbyes.

I’m not sure what kind of butterflies they are, I did some quick google searches to guess at what they may be. Correct me if I’m wrong 😀

Here are some still frames of the butterflies:

Butterflies (1)

“Tiger Swallowtail” Butterfly surrounded by colorful wax begonia flowers

Butterflies (2)

“Tiger Swallowtail” Butterfly enjoying some apple blossoms

Butterflies (6)

“Cabbage Butterfly” On a flowering catnip bush

Butterflies (5)

“Cabbage Butterfly” On a flowering catnip bush (on my patio!)

Butterflies (4)

“Lorquin’s Admiral” In a pear tree

Butterflies (3)

I’m not sure, is this the “Painted Lady” Butterfly

Butterflies (7)

This one was on the barkchips, Could this be a “Painted Lady” Butterfly

Butterflies (9)

“Common Dart Butterfly” on some Lavender Flowers

Butterflies (8)

“Common Dart Butterfly” on some Lavender Flowers

Butterflies (10)

Two “Pearl Crescent” Butterflies … ahem!

I haven’t been posting for a while because I got to go on a mini-vacation to my sister’s house. Its always nice to visit family and take a break from the daily happenings of my life. Also to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Boy how I didn’t miss the traffic!

But don’t worry I didn’t forget about taking photos and videos while I was away 😀

So while I was in town I visited a place which I had seen Peacocks before. I wasn’t sure if they would still be there… but they were! And there were many more than I had seen before!

There were two males and at least 3 females. Sorry for some of the shaky footage, I was very excited to see these birds.. they seem like a legend that you couldn’t imagine was real until you see them yourself.

Here are a couple feathers we found on the ground as a souvenir:

Peacock Feathers

I saw a very interesting crawdad in the creek, it seemed to be somewhat blue. I really like their whiskers and pinchers 😀

I was walking to the store when I saw a little hopping bird near our apartment’s field, which was being mowed at the time. The chick was obviously very scared of the lawn mower and of me..

So I blocked the way to the nearby busy street (So it wouldn’t be hit by a car) and it hopped into a tree where we waited for momma/daddy bird to come to the rescue.

Maybe the little chick was trying to learn to fly when it was separated from its parent?

I got to watch a Great Blue Heron at the wetlands again, this time it seems to have caught something and ate it. If you watch closely you can even see it licking its beak.

 

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