Thursday, August 27, 2009

August for Dummies!!

When I planned my little getaway... I didn't plan for a Hurricane
named Bill to stir up the waters and for lifeguards to be screaming
out of the water, off the beaches, and keep your distance. But it
happened. One of the first birds I saw seemed to be laughing and
telling me to stay away.

I won't attempt to name these birds,
as I know very little about shore birds.

I wanted you to know I did see a few in spite of the
warnings to stay off the beach.. out of the rip currents ..
and away from high waves coming

ha ha ha ha .... he continues to mock me as I search for
birds to shoot

This is as good as it got..amidst the 90 degree weather
and 90+ humidity... I was melting

Aha! I recognize the shape of this bird... A double
crested Cormorant. Good for me I'm not a total
imbecile after all.

We went to the Great Swamp the second day. I was thinking
I would see more birds here .... NOT!

Why wasn't there a bird of prey on this perfectly
shaped snag?

An Eastern Kingbird graced my presence for a moment

The sun was bright and brutal...

A bird in the flycatcher family....but which one I say?

Looking to the forest floor I see a spattering of
orange.... flowers I ask?

Upon closer inspection I see instead tiny orange mushrooms.
Now! Wasn't that as good as a bird?

And just look at that! A sombrero shaped mushroom.
Now that's cool. It holds some collected water

I had never seen a red I had to try to capture
it....but my camera just would not focus..

It did a little better on the blue one.

The swamp was so green with algae that it looked
as if you could walk right out onto it

The Swamp Rose Mallow lined the banks of the water
and tickled your eye with white and pink bursts of color

It gave the illusion of coolness and made you forget the
heat for just a moment.

I so had hoped this would be a learning experience about
shore birds, but NOT!!! I made the best of it anyway.

To God be he Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done
Next post: a History Lesson from SandyHook


Bird Girl said...

Yes, I'd say you DID make the best of an August bird trip for Dummies ;-)
I think those orange mushrooms were definitely your BEST find - that one shot is just beautiful!
I liked the kingbird and the 'lil flycatcher, too!
That laughing gull was pretty smart ;-)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Maybe the birds were not too plentiful,but the other pictures sure look good.I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who can't identify all the birds.:)

HANNIBAL said...

I think you made the most of your trip. Sorry for those unpredictable hurricanes though!

As you know, I went to Florida and luckily avoided 2 storms. I was really afraid after booking the trip, that a hurricane might ruin the whole thing, and of course there were storms brewing out in the Atlantic, but obviously you were not as fortunate. Thats what makes August not such a good time to go, even though we book these things because the wildlife in our areas are so dull at this time of year. Much better luck next year my friend!

Tina said...

Well, I think you did a dandy job of catching all kinds of shots of Mother nature...even the swells of the sea behind your shore birds!! I'm sorry you hit such yukky weather..and that humidity was just down right horrible..but your photos are great..right down to those mushrooms..and I so wish there had been a big raptor sitting on that crooked branch..just waiting for you and your camera!!

Razzberry Corner said...

Jalynn -
Great nature & bird shots, as always. I especially like the dragonflies. I have never seen a red one! The laughing gull was great, too!

JKoenig said...

Even though the weather did not cooperate, it would appear you saw some really beautiful scenery. Thanks for sharing.

LauraHinNJ said...

Cripes! You were just around the corner from me! Wish I'd known you were coming I could've shown you where all the good birds were hiding out!


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