Wednesday, March 30, 2011

More from the strip pits....

After I saw the swans in the previous post, I did not see another thing till I had about given up. Normally, I do not even go a quarter of a mile from the pond the swans were on till I see pheasants. Not last night...not a single one there close to the pond. Not any flying across the road...I crept along for a couple or three more miles...the only things stirring were red-winged blackbirds and robins...I was about ready to leave when I spotted this little lady out of the corner of my eye. I was almost past her, so backed up. All the time I am backing up, she is running away. I finally paused and tried to capture her....she was moving so fast I could not focus on her. You can still tell what she is, but that is about all. There was also a male ring-necked pheasant but he was on the far side...to far for my poor lens.
After the pheasant, this strip pit was just a few feet farther...it was teaming with life. I first noticed these two blue herons. Again, they are too far for a very good photo, but at least this are a record of what I saw. And I witnessed both of them catching and eating a fish, but was not quick enough to capture them eating them.
Next I noticed this little wading bird...I am not sure what he is. I think a sandpiper of some sort.
There were several of them, but this one was the only one close enough to capture.

There were these diving birds, but my photos are too poor to even show on here..but they will dive completely under the water for several seconds and come up several feet away...you never know where they are going to pop up....

I also showed another prized capture on my Time Stand Still blog...besides that, on the way out there was a herd of 10 deer....and I saw four more male pheasants.

Edited to add: Thanks go to Montanagirl who suggested this might be a common snipe...after googling it, I do believe she is right.

12 comments:

Montanagirl said...

Nice work! You saw quite a variety. I'm wondering if that last shot is a Common Snipe??

Lois Evensen said...

What fun! Nice series of images. :)

texwisgirl said...

I agree on the snipe. We had one visit our pond last fall and I had to look him up too.

I haven't seen a female pheasant before, I don't think. The males always get the photo ops, so thank you!

A piece of news said...

I love seeing the herons. They're so beautiful.

Judy said...

I need to come to Indiana to visit your strip pits.

don said...

You had a fairly successful trip with all you saw. I'm amazed that you got any pheasant at all...they are so spooked around here and run or fly quickly away. Nice series.

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

I congratulate you on your perseverance! You walked 2-3 miles looking for photo opportunities? Amazing!

And you did quite well. The little pheasant is nicely captured as are the rest of the birds.

The strip pits are a goldmine, so to speak!

Small City Scenes said...

You captured a nice variety of birds.
I love taking pics of the different kinds of birds we have around us. Good for you. MB

Mary said...

I was going to say it was a snipe, since I had seen some earlier this year and recognized the back markings. Aren't they neat birds?

Gill - That British Woman said...

lovely series of photos......

Gill

EG Wow said...

I just got back from a trip to Upstate New York, which means from here we drive past lots of views of Lake Ontario. I have tons of photos of birds that I can barely tell what they are. :)) I keep willing my lens to be much better than it is. Hahaha! I so understand your frustration! The bottom photo is very good here...but I don't know what the bird is.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Wow, that is quite a variety of birds you saw at the strip mine. Nice pictures!

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