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killdeer close-up

2021/05/26 – Fooled by a killdeer

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a bird do something strange. She was rubbing her belly in the sand, swaying her spread wide tail showing a beautiful rufous color. So, naturally, I took a bunch of pictures. I had no idea why she was doing that.Then, last Tuesday, I decided I should check out …

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male and female blue grosbeak

2021/05/16 – Blue grosbeak

Last weekend I asked my daughter about her making some icons based on my birds pictures. She remarked that they are most often brown, or dull colors. Well, I was lucky enough to catch a bunch of colorful birds this week. So the next 4 posts will be all about colorful birds. The first one …

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Mallard female duck and ducklings

2021/05/09 – Mother’s day special – Duck mom and ducklings

Today is Mother’s Day, and last week I read this excellent article on the subject:https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/03/opinion/mothers-day-loss-nature.html In her article, Margaret Renkl, who often writes about our connection with nature in The New York Times, starts by highlighting some dark aspects of that particular holiday. Something which most people, myself included, don’t think about. And then, she …

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Male and female belted kingfisher

2021/05/02 – The belted kingfisher

This has to be one of the most difficult bird to take good pictures of. Well at least this has been my experience with them at Lake Hodges. Either there are not a lot of them or they hide really well. And then, they always fly as far away as possible from you as soon …

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grebe caught fish

2021/04/18 – Grebe swallowing fish

The whole action, according to the time stamps on the 101 pictures I took lasted only 54 seconds.I only posted 16 pics in this gallery, but it took this grebe 3 tries before succeeding in swallowing the fish.It was a fascinating moment seeing him trying so hard to eat it, even though it seemed too …

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red-eared slider turtle

2021/04/03 – Turtle in trouble

This series was taken at the end of last year. I was walking along the shore of lake Hodges, and I spotted this turtle in the water. As you will see on the pictures in this gallery, it was leaning to one side, and there was mud on its carapace. This was a rather strange …

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Osprey in flight

2021/03/28 – Raptors in flight

Today we have 4 raptors caught in the air. I have often tried with mixed success to catch birds in flight. Either they have been too far, or too blurry, or a problem with exposure because the sun was in the wrong angle… you name a possible photographic issue, I am pretty confident that I …

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barn owl caught a mouse

2021/02/13 – Barn owl eating a mouse

Yes, folks, this was quite a surprise for me. The very evening I released my post about barn owls, last weekend, as I stepped outside to go for my usual after-dinner walk, I went across the street to take a test picture and I saw that there was an owl on the dead tree. I …

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