April 30, 2012

Truck Country

Truck Country by ricmcarthur
Truck Country, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

A line of vehicles at a Texas state park was filled with row after row of pickups.
Even split between GMC and Ford.
There was one car, it was being towed by an RV

April 27, 2012

Forest graffiti

Forest graffiti  by ricmcarthur
Forest graffiti , a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

Beech trees are the message boards of the forest.
Their bark is easily cut and carving your initials in to the tree is easily done.
The cuts are probably not good for the tree, allowing easy access for insects.

Unfortunately the message lasts longer than many of the relationships they are meant to celebrate.

April 26, 2012

Scaled quail

Scaled quail by ricmcarthur
Scaled quail, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

This wasn’t a bird we expected to see on our Texas trip.
We were at Falcon Dam and heard they were at the park.
We sat in the bird blind for about 10 minutes and got the scaled quail, bob white, green tailed towhee and spotted towhee.
If they were all that easy we probably wouldn’t bother.
Yah, we would.

Callipepla squamata

April 25, 2012

foot bath

foot bath by ricmcarthur
foot bath, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

A pair of brown thrasher were bathing in the small water feature we have in the yard.
I thought the water was cold but I guess it was perfect for a foot bath.

The photo was taken through the Wonderful Wildlife Window.

Toxostoma rufum

April 24, 2012

He's baaaack

He's baaaack by ricmcarthur
He's baaaack, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

The yellow throated warbler has shown up again this year.
We had several hundred birders come to the cottage to see this bird which is rare in Ontario.

April 23, 2012

synchronized grooming

synchronized grooming by ricmcarthur
synchronized grooming, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

For some reason Crash thinks he looks good in a basket two sizes too small for him.
Maybe he is a fashonista.

April 20, 2012

Basket case

Basket case by ricmcarthur
Basket case, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

Oz, the little wizard of getting into places he shouldn't, is a basket case.
He was climbing on a high shelf to gt to this bowl.
Instead of having the shelf come crashing down at some point we moved it to the table in front of the Wonderful Wildlife Window.
When he is not sleeping he uses it as a hunting blind.

April 19, 2012

Harris's hawk

Harris's hawk by ricmcarthur
Harris's hawk, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

There were two of these hawks in a tree at the road side. Shouldn't that make them Roadside hawk?
Yes there is such a thing as a roadside hawk.
Harris's hawks will hunt as a family group.
Parabuteo unicintus

April 18, 2012

Hiding in plain sight

Hiding in plain sight by ricmcarthur
Hiding in plain sight, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

A common paraque on the ground. they can be hard to see even when you know they are there.

April 17, 2012

Look Ma, no cavities.

Look Ma, no cavities. by ricmcarthur
Look Ma, no cavities., a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

The hippos were licking the groind and then doing this display. No idea why.

April 13, 2012

green winged teal

green winged teal by ricmcarthur
green winged teal, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

The green winged teal is the smallest of the dabbling ducks. He likes shallow water or mud flats for feeding
Just beautiful in the sunlight.
anas crecca

April 12, 2012

Here there be dragons

Here there be dragons by ricmcarthur
Here there be dragons, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

A wicked claw on a water monster, the dragon of the marsh.
The hind foot of an alligator who was sunning on the bank.

April 10, 2012

The hokey pokey

The hokey pokey by ricmcarthur
The hokey pokey, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

You put your left foot in,
You put your left foot out;
You put your left foot in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey-Pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!

i love shovelers, the are the silliest looking of the ducks.

April 09, 2012

Battleship Duck

Battleship Duck by ricmcarthur
Battleship Duck, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

Low and wide like a battleship, this wood duck plows his way through the water of the marsh.
And a very colourful battleship he is.

April 05, 2012

How big was that fish

How big was that fish by ricmcarthur
How big was that fish, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

Big enough that the osprey had trouble flying.
At least they don't try to swallow the whole fish at once.

This was the best, overall, shot I got of the bird and the fish. Some had the bird in focus, others the fish, but none had both nice and crisp.
I would have asked the bird to fly around again but he was too busy eating.

April 04, 2012

Stranded

Stranded by ricmcarthur
Stranded, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

Not sure if it was chasing food or got caught in the waves but his small manta became straded as the tide was going out.
It was being eyed by a coulpe of gulls so Anne decided to give it some help and used her cane to nudge it back into deeper water.

April 02, 2012

Crash and Oz

Crash and Oz by ricmcarthur
Crash and Oz, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.

The boys are taking up the family pass time, bird watching.
There is a sunflower seed feeder just outside the window.
Gives the size comparisson for the two of them.