Once the habit is formed there are few activities that can be compared to sitting down first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee and the Daily Newspaper.
Everybody's famous in a small town, this one is no different
Sparrows are in every Continent on Earth excluding Antartica. They are very resourceful birds, although insect/seed eaters they have to exert little effort to find a meal.
I take numerous shots that resemble many others. I was walking through a small booth area where they were selling posters and related items. I stopped at a photo booth, I knew the guy behind it, and on the wall he had a beautiful photo of an Egret standing at attention. I said to him (jokingly, I swear it's the truth) hey you have one of my pictures; he did not appreciate that comment.
One more for this guy as he flies from the pylon to an unknown destination out of my view. After this image he gained altitude, flew to the far side following the Levee then disappeared down around the rivers bend. He will either be back or one of his look alike cronies will show up; like I said they keep things moving around here.
I didn't give it enough thought because if that were to take place with my admittance of cheating it would destroy my credibility with the people in our small town. It would have been smarter for me to cop for it while it was being posted with a header something like, "what do you think of this?" I'm not sure what I'm going to do now, If I let it slide it's not right and if I say something? I'm not sure if anyone cares other than me.
I'm wondering why all of the critters appear larger to me this year, but then again when a person gets to my age a number of things kind of morph. Everyone is beautiful, the young grandkids are way too smart and I'm beginning to do what Mrs. Lebec tells me to. Ahh will wonders ever cease?
Of these images posted today by my estimate there are two that would rank in the top
the migrating birds will be making a comeback within the next 3-4 weeks, if they are on my schedule. I notice there is snow already in some parts of the North where the Canadians and Terns begin their journeys South. They will be followed by the various Goose species and Ducks; how many will land on our slough is anyones guess. I
One of the reasons they are fast fliers is due to their streamlined body, the wings seem to be a bit oversized for their torso. But I really have no idea, but common sense tells me that pointy beak, those big wings and the stamina of the small bird it should be no surprise they are quick.
The weather guessers are predicting the wind will shift again from the Ocean. It will then blow the nasty air Eastward where people in the mid North are smelling wood smoke in the rain. All smoke settles on the ground sooner or later, rain helps it along hence the smell. The firefighters along with the emergency response teams are doing an amazing job, they just keep on keeping on.
I take pictures every day for an hour or so at least normally I am able to get a few of Hawks, Crows and various Falcons. They have all flown to less suppressing areas with no wind and at least less smoke; its hard telling where they went the entire state is on fire.