An elusive photo

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I have taken several photos of this Nothern Flicker, including the one I posted on May 16. Every time I saw this bird, all I could get was a shot from his back side, like the one below. I finally was able to capture a better photo. 

He landed on this tree, and as soon as I took a step, he flew away. I was just in the right spot to take the photo from where I was standing, and then say good bye. 

~ Rick

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Mr Ugly is back ...

 Stretching or cooling .. it was hot, so I am guessing this is a cooling strategy.  

Stretching or cooling .. it was hot, so I am guessing this is a cooling strategy.  

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It has been a while since I posted a photo of Mr Ugly, the Turkey Vulture. These photos were taken at several different county parks and reserves in Miami County. I just had to share. 

From the iBird app, a couple facts:  

“Turkey Vultures, like other carrion birds, are protected from disease associated with decaying animals by a very sophisticated immune system.” I have always wondered how they can avoid serious issue with the road kill they eat, after it rots in the heat for hours. And ... 

 The ‘cast’ or ‘committee’, feasting on dried fish.  

The ‘cast’ or ‘committee’, feasting on dried fish.  

“Like its stork relatives, it often defecate on its own legs, using the evaporation of the water in the feces to cool itself.” Now that is disgusting. 

And Teresa said this, “They are really a pretty bird, until you look at the head.” Yes, that is a quote. I will admit, they are beautiful flyers, but they are just ugly. And now that I know they need diapers, I am forever not a fan.  

~ Rick  

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Carolina chickadee

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I saw this Carolina Chickadee on a very early walk Friday.  I had about 2 seconds to get this photo before she flew off. I tried to get a second photo, but my experience has been to snap the first photo quickly, hoping for a good focus, and then try to get something better the second shot. As it turns out, this was the only photo I was able to capture of this beautiful bird (for now).

We are at the northern edge of how far this bird roams. If anyone has see one around here, I would love to know. Just email or post a comment.  

~ Rick  


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Just sing

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The photo is a little dark, but I love it. I lightinged and cleaned it up as much as possible. It’s still not perfect, but I am enjoying capturing photos of birds singing.

I used Snapseed to edit this photo. Give it a try if you do a lot of photo editing on your iPhone or iPad. 

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I took this on an adult nature walk at the Lost Creek Reserve. With over 450 acres, this is a large Reserve. They have this very cool learning / play area for kids, and many programs. I’ll include a couple of photos of the kids learning / play area.  

It would be a great place to take a hike, a run, or just hang out with nature. I know I had a good time, and will visit again.  

~ Rick


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Rubber-necking

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I saw this Green Heron again. This time she was perched in this tree. The reason I wanted to share this photo was actually so I could share this second photo, and share this little body trick .. check out photo 2:  

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I guess she couldn’t see without some rubber-necking:). 

~ Rick


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