This is just a preview of 100’s of images I made this morning at my friends house. The eggs in the Blue Jay nest that I was invited to see last week hatched this week! My friends invited me back to see the babies in action. Mom and Dad were steadily coming back with their mouths full of food for the nestlings and I was able to get an extreme close-up (bird’s eye) view!
This old relic is part of an ongoing project that I’ve been working on for over 3 years. The caboose gets moved around pretty regularly, but it always stays on the same piece of track. I’ve made many images of it in all seasons and in a variety of weather conditions. I always look for it when the seasons change or when I see dramatic weather. When I saw these clouds brewing in the distance I immediately thought of the caboose and went directly to it to try to add another image to my collection. Occasionally it gets hidden between other active railcars or even an entire train, so I was happy to find it sitting out on it’s own today.
I was visiting a friends house today and discovered that they have a pair of Bluejays nesting in their backyard. I immediately sat down to watch and take some pictures. It was very cool to watch! There was always one bird on the nest while the other was off hunting. Every so often the hunter would return to share its meal with the nesting bird.
For all the hunting and digging that Robin’s do, it’s not all that often that you find one with a meal in its beak. I saw this one hopping along the grass and it was really just instinct that made me swing my camera around to take a couple of snaps. I didn’t even realize what I had until I was looking at the images on my computer later. That looks like a really tasty treat it has in its mouth!
I’ve been trying to find a Meadowlark that was willing to pose for me all through the spring without much success. I have actually seen a couple of the birds before now, but I hadn’t been able to make any good images. So I was very excited to find this one happily singing away on a fencepost. The sad part was that it stopped singing as soon as I got there. The song is even more beautiful than the bird!