Thursday, February 20, 2014

Nature Photography: Birds and Blooms


Back in early December I started to notice this curious, friendly little bird that would flutter over to land on my car side view mirror and stare at its reflection. Day after day I would pull into the driveway and there it would be, excited to be reunited with the car mirror! 


Well, it's been over two months now and it is no longer enchanted with the mirror, but I do still see it at least a few times a week hunting for insects in my yard. I even find myself looking for it when I go outside and when a few days go by with no sight of it I start to worry that maybe it has found another home! I will surely miss it when it finally goes. 

I believe (but could be wrong as I am not a bird expert) that it is a Philadelphia Vireo, which is a small songbird native to Canada that migrates during winter to Central America and Mexico. Apparently, this fellow made a wrong turn at some point and has decided to stay in Florida instead! 




    
Curly-tailed lizard in my neighbor's yard. They are fond of hanging out on large rocks and these terra cotta pots.
 

Can you see me?

The bougainvillea in my yard is out of control, but I love it! 




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15 comments:

  1. Awww. Your little feathered friend is simply adorable, and these lovely photos have considerably brightened my very dreary day. Thank you! :)

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    1. Hi Rach, Thank you :) I'm glad this cute bird made your day a little brighter :)

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  2. Aww that is one cute birdie! Probably took it two months to figure out what it saw in the mirror was not another bird ;) Bougainvillea is SUPPOSED to be out of control! Back home (in Taiwan) it pretty much always is, and when you go to Spain it's pretty much the same thing. Here in Belgium if you see a bougainvillea with two flowers, it is already doing exceptionally well!

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    1. Hi Sunny, I think you are absolutely right about it taking that long to figure out the mirror was not another bird lol. Ah, good! - I am glad it is acceptable to have out of control Bougainvillea, because ours sure is! :)

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  3. Lovely post, especially as New York is still in the depths of winter... That little bird is beyond adorable :)

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    1. Hi Rocaille, Thank you! :) We are so fortunate to have warm weather here right now. Dreading summer heat though!

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  4. Amazing and beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing.
    A few days ago, I saw such a cute (and rather chubby for the cold season) bird with red belly(?) sitting very close to the pavement. This one wasn't even camera shy so I was able to take a few pictures. ;D
    The joy that only nature can give us!

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    1. Hi Lena, Thanks so much! It is great when birds come close enough that you can get nice, sharp photographs I don't know much about the different species but it's fun to research them on the web and find out what type they are :)

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  5. Ahhh, I love birds! Gorgeous shots and I love how curious he is...so adorable.

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    1. Hi Larie, Thank you :) Isn't he cute? He was actually intrigued by the little beep from my camera each time I took a photo and flew closer to see what that noise was!

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  6. What beautiful pictures! What type of camera did you use?

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    1. Hi Cara, Thank you! :) I use a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, with a Panasonic zoom lens for these.

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  7. What beautiful pictures! such a treat to my day!
    I live in FL too, in Naples, and the birds this time of year are incredible but I can never capture them on film, I will investigate the Lumix camera. I spotted roseate spoonbills by US41 last week, it's simply wonderful to see. Thank you for a visually rich feast!!!

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  8. Hi Monica, thanks so much! I love Naples but haven't been there in many years. I have never seen a roseate spoonbill in person - that must have been exciting to see! I love to spend time outdoors this time of year because it's not too hot yet. :)

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  9. *Really very interesting post.I do appreciate you for your work.

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