Friday, January 9, 2009

Camera Critters - 01-10-09: On the Pond

Camera CrittersThis meme is all about photos of animals/critters.

I spent a couple of hours in a neighborhood park Friday. The pond there is large and always filled with ducks, geese and assorted other critters.

Click on the photos to enlarge and enjoy.




A little advice from our neighborhood wise ones.


This double crested cormorant sat on this log for a very long time.

He/she was constantly watching the trees...

...the water...

...the sky...

...and crowned himself King of the Log.


Uh oh.

"If I ignore it, it will go away."

Female hooded merganser.

Male hooded merganser.


Just as I was leaving, this great blue heron flew over and landed in a fir tree.
Have you noticed herons have two distinct personas?
There's this iconic pose and then there's this:


Looks like a grumpy Edward Gorey character.

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13 comments:

gwenlyn said...

Ohhhhhhhh...very,very cool, Terri! I'm returning to our local park today with my telephoto for a better glimpse of the resident hawk.

The green tennis ball is a nice touch!

Larry said...

Hey Terri, great photos all. I especially like the Hooded Mergansers. I actually think the female with her hood up is the cooler than the male.

And you're right about the Heron, they kinda resemble the Night Heron when they're all crunched up like that last photo.

I had fun at the river and inlet at my golf course this week for CC.

theArthurClan said...

What a great series of photos. Love the one when he was "lord of the log." :) Beautiful!

i beati said...

log dancers Sandy

Mimi said...

Great shots. Double crested cormorant sounds like such an upper crust name, no wonder he crowned himself king!

alwaysbcmom.com said...

I love these. Excellent photos and captions.

Dianne said...

King of the Log!! lol
great captions

and the sign from the Kindergarten class was wonderful

children are better to the planet than many adults

Darla said...

What lovely photos.

Karen said...

Great shots !!!

I really like that sign from the Kindy class. Hopefully, that is a lesson they will be taking to heart.

lisaschaos said...

Looks like you had a great day! I love that Corm. . . whatever you called him, his series of being king of the log. :)

Misty Dawn said...

WOW! These are some truly amazing photos! I would love to find a place like this where I could go so close to the wildlife.

Terri said...

Thanks everyone for visiting. Misty, this park is right in the city just a few blocks from where I live. It sits in between a couple of major street. It is pretty amazing to have that so close by. There's a huge variety of trees planted there. It's like a mini arboretum.

Kathy said...

Oh wow these are really great shots. I like that shot of the hooded merganser.

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