Before The Rain

Got out before the rain yesterday morning. The much needed rain came in the afternoon. Steady light rain the kind that really soaks in. Glad I went ahead and planted the wildflower patches. Rain forecast for the next 4-5 days so hope we don’t get any heavy gully washers that would wash out the seed. The small wildflower seed planting method used is, I tilled, sowed the seed then ran over the area with the lawn mower to press the seed in. Has worked in the past we shall see if it works this year. Planted several rows of sunflower seed which I plant by tilling, then sowing the seed, then tilling shallow back over them. Never was really taught gardening. Just kinda make it up as I go. Nature does not follow exact methods in planting seed so shy should I ? We shall see how it goes.

Saw my buddy Ron watching at the area the fox pups were in last year. Continuing on to the Barkley Dam tailwaters to watch the Great Egrets and Great Blue Heron fishing. There is also a run of trees that catch migrating birds. I saw but was unable to capture any shots. White Eyed Vireos,  Warbling Vireos, Orchard Orioles, and one Yellow Warbler. The light was awful early, I shot at ISO 3200 and this weird blue cast was in every shot. I saw it on the LCD screen and tried several white balance settings. It was just an odd blue cast and not anything I could think of to adjust it. Which perhaps I should not even have tried. It was as it was observed with the naked eye.

I swung back by the fox den next and Ron said he saw three adult fox and two kits.

Visited the eagles nest next for a half hour. The sun came out briefly when the female eagle brought back some nesting material. Usually works the other way around, the light gets bad when the eagles come in. Sometimes you get lucky.

I went back by the fox den and  three adult fox were at the den area again. I caught a few pics of a kit and what looked like three under the mother in one shot. Then the rains came…

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The largest eaglet is not exactly a thing of beauty right now.

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There is a spool of wire right at one entrance to the den. Randomly discarded by some unthinking or caring human.

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This fox was gnawing on an old catfish head it carried out of one of the den holes. This area is abundant with fish remains along the lake and river shoreline. A steady food supply for the fox and their young.

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Today’s Flashback Photo

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6 Responses to Before The Rain

  1. Ellen says:

    I know the “Ugly Duckling” turns into a beautiful Swan, but that Ugly Eaglet looks hard pressed to become the Majestic Eagle…in time of course. The Egret pix look like shots of a beautiful dance…love them.

    • Grampy says:

      Ellen,
      It is hard to picture that eaglet as majestic I agree. Something about an all white bird that does add a mystical effect. Thank You.

  2. Ellen says:

    Oh, forgot to say, that the wires by the fox den are truly careless!

  3. Wildflower seed just falls to the ground or gets blown by the wind, so your planting methods sound logical to me.
    That eagle chick really is one ugly bird. It’s almost hard to believe it will become such a graceful bird.
    Those are great shots of the foxes!

    • Grampy says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      The wind was blowing a little when I sowed the seed had to bend down almost touching the ground and allow for windage. Could feel it in my old back when I straightened back up. Thank You, great to see the fox pups at a younger age then I have seen before. I think the mother is one of the pups I photographed last year, she has one white lower rear leg.

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