Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Beauty of Birds and More

Warning: If you don't like birds than this post will not interest you.
I will include more pictures than usual,in an attempt to catch up on some of the spring pictures I have.

The waterfowl pictures in this post are all taken at Lake Minniwasta,the lake just on the west side of my home town.You can see this was taken in early spring.There are still no leaves on the trees.That has all changed by now.

This is a Pied-billed Grebe,the smallest grebe we have here.

Anytime I get to see a Common Loon on our lake,is a special time for me.This was one of at least four that I saw on this day.He/she was so busy feeding that he didn't notice me.I also like the sparkles on the water.


Heading down for some more food.

Caught him just before he disappeared.

You all know I love driving down country roads,looking for photo opportunities. This Red-tailed Hawk was feeding on something and I was able to get just one good shot,but that was all I needed.

I saw a Western Meadowlark on a hydro pole,but of course he saw me as well and didn't hang around long. I caught this image just as his wings were tucked in.

I also got one with wings spread open. It is not perfectly sharp,but I still like it.

This is a bird that usually takes off the second the car begins to slow down. Surprisingly this American Kestrel  sat long enough for me to get a picture.

I leave you with two pictures of our lake and the diamonds it sported that morning.





May you find some beauty in each day.

20 comments:

  1. These are wonderful, Ruth! I love the sparkly lake, and the Loon. I have never seen a loon, but have a big life size stuffed replica. Have you ever heard them call? How mournful, I would love to! Another favorite is the sharp picture of the hawk just as he takes off. and of course the Meadowlark pictures.

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  2. Beautiful shots... Like Ginny said, I love the sparkly lake.... I love seeing the Meadowlark in flight... I seldom EVER get a bird in flight....

    I think I mentioned this before but I also like Loons... Did you ever see the movie, "On Golden Pond"? They featured the sounds of LOONS in that movie.. That was the first time I had ever heard of them--or heard that glorious sound.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  3. Oh Ruth you got some great shots there. I like the Meadowlark, I have never taken a picture of them in flight though! I always love your bird posts! have a happy day Ruth!

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  4. Beautiful photos. The sparkling lake is stunning, as are your bird captures. Well done!

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  5. Oh, I love the shot of the red-tailed hawk! They're all wonderful, truly; but that one is special.

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  6. you have so much more than birds in this post. the diamonds in the water, the grasses around the pond.. gorgeous. and the folded wing shot and the lift off are AMAZING... good job..

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  7. Wow....of course you KNOW I love birds [and I too love to drive the country roads], so this was extra special for me to view your birding shares. The 'in flight' of the hawk is stupendous. ALL the photos today are such a delight.

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  8. oooooh ruth, who doesn't LOVE birds??!! your flight shots are amazing, and lucky you on the kestrel!! beautiful sparkling water but nothing can outshine the birds!!! happy sunday ruth!!!

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  9. I like the diamonds on your lake, and the pictures of all the birds. The shot of the hawk is really something. I like it very much. You are so fortunate to see and capture so many different kinds of birds.

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  10. Hi Ruth, Another excellent series of photos in this post! I like the way you identify the birds for us. I often see birds that I would like to photo and often I'm not sure what they are. I guess that's one of the things that makes birding so interesting ... there is a lot to learn. I do like the Lake Minniwasta location ... it seems like a natural draw for all kinds of birds. My favorite in this series is the Red Tailed Hawk. What a great photo! Lastly, about the last two photos ... you called them diamonds on the water. I usually call them "sparklies" ... I wondered if you had ever heard that a Native American tradition said the sparklies represented the spirts of their ancestors? Have a great week ahead!

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  11. Country road and seeing birds is pretty near the top of my list of things I like to do also. Your photographs are all lovely especially the Kestrel.

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  12. These photos are treasures! So beautiful.

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  13. lovely pics straight touched the heart ,loved the water so shiny and beautiful birds though

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  14. As you probably know, I enjoy the beauty of birds. What a wonder ofGod's creation. I admire you ability to catch birds in flight. You get to see birds that I don't, so it is enjoyable to see your pictures. God bless your day!

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  15. As you probably know, I enjoy the beauty of birds. What a wonder ofGod's creation. I admire you ability to catch birds in flight. You get to see birds that I don't, so it is enjoyable to see your pictures. God bless your day!

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  16. These are beautiful photos, Ruth!

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  17. Beautiful sparkles on the lake... Lots of enjoyment comes from birds. They truly are beautiful

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  18. love the hawk wing shots. we were kayaking yesterday and got to see lots of birds. i even got a dragonfly sitting on my kayak. hoping the shots worked. those buggers are so quick ... he was there and gone in the next minute. i had to be quick about my shots. ( ;

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  19. You are lucky to have so many different birds around. I seldom see many in my area, except those mean old black starlings. I think they scare the pretty ones away. That is an awesome sight lake of diamonds. Thank you very much for every comment you leave me. I am grateful when someone visits.

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