A week ago, I was in a small clearing where I’ve had good luck finding dragons. I saw several darners flying about. Darners typically do not rest much, but as luck would have it, I was able to photograph a few that actually landed…not just one, but a few.
I was having a nice stroll down the trail, taking my gear out for a walk (which is what I call it when I’ve got my 12 pounds of equipment and I have not had much to shoot) when I heard the insistent high nasal zzzeeeee, zzzeeeee, zzzeeeee, zzzeeeee, zzzeeeee. This made me think that there was an accipiter nearby, but it usually stops after a few seconds. But it kept on zzzeeeee, zzzeeeee, zzzeeeee, zzzeeeee, zzzeeeee, zzzeeeee, zzzeeeee, zzzeeeee. I thought it might not be an alarm call, but some juvenile Chickadees or Titmice begging. Then I spotted the reason for the alarm. It was a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk.
But that isn’t what I wanted to show you.
Mixed in the flock with the Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmice and White-breasted Nuthatches was an Eastern Wood Peewee. This was pretty cool, because I do not see many ‘round here.
They look very much like Eastern Phoebes except that they do not pump their tails and they have a yellow lower mandible as shown in this photo below that I shouldn’t be showing, except that it shows the yellow lower mandible.
I found this male Black Swallowtail Saturday evening. Then a female came in and he gave chase.
He fluttered in front of her, and they both flew backwards.
Eventually, the male few off and the female stayed about for a portrait session.
I was headed back to my car along the trail down from a high meadow where I thought I would find some good butterflies but didnt’. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a flash of orange. A Comma landed near a Pearl Crescent. Hmmm…which to shoot first?
Luck was with me. I repositioned my camera and the Comma opend its wings.
We made it to another Friday. Today I have a Black Vulture that I never got around to posting. I shot this one in Duneden, Florida. Last Saturday, I had a Turkey Vulture in the yard. It is down below.