Male Wood Duck

May042016WoodDuckInTheGrass.

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May042016WoodDuck2.

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May042016WoodDuck.

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May042016WoodDuckSwimmingAtMe

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Dawn Of A New Day

May032016DawnGosh, I love the dawn of a new day. Be it colorfully captivating or gray. Warm, bone chilling cold, wet or dry, like a bird on the wing my spirit starts to fly. The anticipation seldom fails me.

I made a round of many of my usual haunts near water yesterday. A chance to see what’s happening. Knowing we are heading out for a while today. Will miss it while away. Looking forward to the birth of a grandson due in a week. To spend time with two of our young. Share in their lives. Play with our granddaughter. The dawn of a child’s birth, with hopes that his future will be as blessed as my life has been.

Will keep getting out when time allows and post the wonders the coming dawns bring. As time allows. Thank You for stopping by…

May032016SunriseKDV.

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May032016RobinWithWormsInBeak.

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May032016BaltimoreOrioleFemale.

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May032016BrownThrasher.

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May032016ButtonBuck.

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May032016OspreyFlyingWithFish.

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May032016WIldTurkeyJakeCrossingTheRoad.

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May032016BaldEagleAndEaglet.

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May032016BaldEaglet.

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May032016YellowCrownedNightHeronStalkingCrawfish.

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May032016YellowCrownedNightHeronCrawInBeak.

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May032016ProthonotaryWarbler.

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May032016PelicanFoodFight.

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May032016GreatEgretGliding.

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May032016BlackCrownedNightHeronFlying

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First Sunday In May

May022016SpottedSandpiper.

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May022016YellowCrownedNightHeron.

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May022016Catbird.

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May022016SmallBird.

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May022016ProthontaryWarblerFlyingWithNestMaterial.

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May022016ProthonotaryWarblerSinging.

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May022016ProthonotaryWarblerAndSnake.

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May022016RedShoulderedHawkChickScreech.

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May022016RedShoulderedHawkAndChicksInTheNest

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May022016Cormorants.

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May022016PileatedWoodpeckerFlying2.

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May022016PileatedWoodpeckerFlying.

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May022016GoatKid.

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May022016GoatKidsTouchingNoses.

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May022016GoatKidJump

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Right And Wrong

May012016YellowBreastedChatThis morning I am thinking about right and wrong. Ethics. Sunday morning seems like an appropriate time to dabble in this thought process. I stepped outside my normal nature observing routine yesterday. Joined a group of folks from the Kentucky Ornithological Society. The group I went with were to observe warblers.

The leader used an electronic calling device to attract the birds within viewing distance. It works. The male birds would come from a long distance in some cases. The birds would appear agitated. Protecting its area. The leader stated I don’t want to play this too long. Ok, then why do it at all is my thinking. All the birds observed I could have observed with a little more patience and keen observation. The best way to think of it for me is harassing phone calls we get at home from companies trying to sell something. These harassing calls do no harm I suppose but I don’t like them.

So in the afternoon I chose to follow my own normal path of nature study. I enjoy discovering bird nesting locations. The nest areas birds choose to use require them to return to these locations to rear there young. I found myself too close to a hawks nest and realized that the hawk will not come in and land at the nest if I am to close. However, if I back off the hawks will come in and feed there young. In summation I have to make my own choices and use good judgement to share in connecting with the natural worlds critters.

Find out the distances the critters allow without interfering. After all my observation or capturing with the camera comes second to disruption. Birds will complete their mission to raise there young despite a whole lot of human activity near there nesting sites. They adapt very well.

It is fascinating to see how all the varieties of birds and animals go about constructing their home places and rearing their young. The camera helps in that later viewing can bring to light what viewing with the natural eye. I often miss the connections when simply watching. For instance yesterday watching a Northern Parula returning again and again to an old tent caterpillar spider web like tent. At the time I guessed it was feeding on caterpillars. Viewing my photos I realized this morning the bird was gathering bits of web material. To use as a binder in nest building. The capture of the parula was done at a distance that the bird was not disturbed in going about its business. No line had been crossed on my part.

There is a line that can be crossed. I feel that line is a certain distance as well as a limit of time. Never crossing these lines is what I shall try to continue to do. In my pursuit in sharing in the wonders of the natural world. Without ever arriving back at home with a sense of having done wrong. Allow my conscience to be my guide…

May012016NorthernParula.

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May012016NorthernParulaGatheringNestBuildingMaterialNorthern Parula

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May012016BlackpollBlackpoll Warbler the first I have seen

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May012016YellowRumpedWarblerYellow Rumped Warbler

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May012016RedHeadedWoopeckerRed Headed Woodpcker

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May012016EagleChasingCrowRoles reversed this time the eagle appeared to be chasing the crow

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May012016PalmWarblerLeapPalm Warbler leaping to catch an insect

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May012016PrairieWarblerPrairie Warbler

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May012016EasternPhoebeWithWaspInBeakEastern Phoebe with paper wasp

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Rain Out

Apr302016DoubleKnockoutRoseYesterday was pretty much a rain out. Got out in the morning early, saw one new warbler the Blackpoll. Unable to capture a good photo. In the middle of the day went and got another lawn mower. With all this rain the grass will be coming on strong. Supposed to rain through out the weekend. Hope your weekend is joyful…

Apr302016OrchardOrioleFirstYearMale.

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Apr302016Catbird

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