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Sunday, October 21, 2012

A quiet morning in the marsh

Love the shadows on this screeching hawk.

"Got it!"

Baby?

The great egret.

Beautiful little fellow and his entourage accompanied me for quite a while. 

Trying to hide.

So sweet.

See the yellow dots?  They are insects!  Very small "no see 'ums" we call them, otherwise known as gnats.

There is something so impressive about the ibis....

Quite a few tricolor herons today....

Fishing posture.

Small blue heron.
A few feathered companions flew along with me on parts of the path, but there was nothing unusual today.  Simply a beautiful Sunday morning in the glory of nature.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Migratory birds.....

are about to pass through Harns Marsh, I'm told.  So this morning I took a trip to see what was going on.  Although there were not flocks of all sorts, I was thrilled to see a couple of brand new sights, and be honored with a posing session by one of my favorites, the red-shouldered hawk.


This sweet blue heron tolerated me for quite a while before taking flight.  I am awed by the coloring seen in his wings - they look like a watercolor painting!

Seeing a tricolored heron as well was a treat!


 And of course, our resident egrets and ibis did not let me down.  



There were also several pairs 
of Sandhill cranes within the first quarter mile of the marsh pathway.
Now, this was a real treat, and one that not everyone gets, I understand.  For the first time, I saw a caracara!  He was truly unusual looking, and I thought he was some type of hawk.  He does belong to the falcon family, but has such an unusual looking beak and "headdress".  





Good morning, vulture - the king of the dirt pile......

and the wood pile!



And what pretty little bird do we have here?



 This beauty is a little blue heron....

And this is a juvenile limpkin or ibis (not sure which), playing hide-n-seek with me.


The peace and quiet of this place is remarkable.  



Not far from the location above, I zoomed in on this mother and her young.  However, when I saw the photo on the computer screen, I became enamored with her innocence and charm and tried to identify her - but had no luck.  Please contact me if you know!


And the most wonderful opportunity of all - the red shouldered hawk.  Actually, there were two of them.  On my way in, I came across this one feeding on what appears to be a lizard.   He definitely wants me to leave him alone.


On my way out,   this beauty posed patiently for me.  I didn't want to stop!    Can you  see the strength in his wing muscles?  










 What a terrific visit to Harns Marsh, just two miles from my home!


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Revisiting England....

Knowing that school has been cancelled for tomorrow due to probable storms, I am posting more photos of my trip this summer.  Yes, there are many, many more!  Most of these are from the Lincoln Cathedral....such an amazing site!  The intricacies could have occupied me for an entire day.  











In remembrance of the man as well as the saint.

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Incredible

Note the headstones in the floor.


Very impressive.

One couldn't begin to share all the photos of wonderful doors!













Going to dinner with the family - note the spiral on the church!