Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Day of Birding

On May 16 a group of friends got together for a day of birding.We were led by Al Schritt,who is an expert birder.Also with us was Luc Blanchette,another bird expert.Both these guys can identify birds quickly and often just by sound. This year I was not abe to be with the group for the whole day,but even part of the day was a fun experience.

Here we are at the local lagoons,looking for water and shore birds.


 This pair of Eared Grebes gave us a wonderful show.Part of their mating ritual is the water dance,which they are performing here.


When the dance is over they settle down into the water and swim along side by side.

A Yellow-rumped Warbler perched near-by in the shrubs.He almost blends in with the leaves.

Canada Geese were everywhere.


This Song Sparrow was sitting much too far away for a really good shot,but I tried anyway.


Steve cropped it in this way and now I will get a canvas print of this one. So sometimes,what at first looks like a ho-hum shot ends up being much better than that.

 God's miracles are to be found in nature itself; the wind and waves, the wood that becomes a tree - all of these are explained biologically, but behind them is the hand of God.
    Author: Ronald Reagan

26 comments:

  1. These are lovely photos dear Ruth. Birds are one of my favorite of God's creations. I love the warbler and the song sparrow.

    FlowerLady

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  2. i like those geese wandering down that green lane between the grasses. just love it. and the one that is cropped is beautiful. the water dance is my favorite tody

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  3. i like all of your shots! very nicely done!

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  4. Awesome photos, Ruth...I'm especially fond of the two love bird's ritual...wonderful captures!

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  5. Ruth, beautiful shots! We saw lots and lots of Eared Grebes, on our trip across the plains! One group of over 40 in one flock. I've neve seen that many together at once!

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  6. It looks as if you had a wonderful birding experience, even if it was only for part of a day. Your photos are excellent, and the song sparrow will make a beautiful canvas print.

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  7. Dear Ruth,

    Your photos are absolutely stunning! I love birds...well, I love nature, and I really enjoy taking walks in nature as well. You have a lovely blog. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  8. What a treat that would be to see the Grebes doing their mating dance. Love the little warbler, too.

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  9. That sparrow will make a lovely canvas print.
    How nice it must have been to see the dancing birds. : )

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  10. Looks like you had a good day bird watching. We have the same problem with geese here too-they are literally everywhere.

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  11. I would have loved to go on this birding trek with you all.
    I think I'd still be watching those grebes and their mating ritual.

    The yellow rump warbler is so much into its breeding plumage too, I think. Much more vivid coloring than when they arrive in our area a few months prior to when they're with you.

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  12. wish i could be out enjoying bird watching. this sciatica is making me sad.

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  13. I am so glad you hot out birding with a group. All those eyes are better than jut one pair and you saw delightful birds. The Song Sparrow is a lovely image. Have a great weekend.

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  14. Amen. Yes, behind them is the hand of God. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

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  15. The other day when I was here, I had to come back and show Bud the Grebes....so lucky you were.

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  16. Hi Ruth, This is a very nice selection of photos for your day out with the birders. I enjoyed your captions and the closing thought. My favorite photo from this group is the Yellow-rumped Warbler. That is a wonderful picture. Thank you Ruth!!!!

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  17. Really like the pictures of the warbler & the sparrow. Such beauty & peace.

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  18. Looks like a great day. Glad you got to see some interesting birds as well. Diane

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  19. what fun ... they are all lining up to take some pics ... i guess every one wants to get the perfect angle or shot. ( :

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  20. Great to be out in nature, especially with fellow enthusiasts, and to be able to see God's handiwork. Those are some serious photographers out there judging by the equipment.

    Nice shots Ruth.

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  21. Great birding time!)))

    xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :)

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  22. LOVE the grebes! Even before Steve cropped the sparrow photo, I thought it was great. Should look beautiful on canvas. The warbler wears his pretty, breeding colors further north, I see. Down here we only see them in their winter garb.

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  23. Meaningful quote.... So interesting.......I think that our feathered friends have so much to offer... Often, we fail to acknowledge their them

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  24. I would love to spend a day like this!

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Ruth