June 29 The Park....Part 1

by Russell Smith June. 30, 2019 238 views

Ok I have been meaning to grab a shot of both sides of this Historical Marker for a bit over a year now. I finally did hehe. I do not drive so I rather than walking up to the park I go a ride from my wife when she went to work. This meant I had to kill about an hour and a half outside before the gates opened up.

Not a great shot overall but I liked the way the light was hitting this Cardinal. These guys are very shy in this area so he did not stick around long.

Next up was several Blue Jays that were snacking on the bugs around a tree. This guy was kind enough to pose for me.

Then A Mocking Bird landed with its snack almost as if to show me.

Then I started looking around

The Contrast of Light and Shadow on this Live Oak Caught my eye. A fun fact that I find interesting is the settlers in the southern states used Spanish Moss to stuff their mattresses and pillows but they had to smoke it first to kill off the red bugs or chiggers . If they did not do this step I imagine the itching from the red bugs would have drove them 100% mad.

I looked at the clock and realized I only had about 30 more min or so before the gate would open when a flash of tan caught my eye.

Ohhh sweet a White Tailed Deer Doe and then as I was snapping the first frame I noticed a second one. Then a 3rd and 4th one. The 3rd on is a velvet buck I am guessing it will be a 4 or maybe a 5 point this year.

This one is not the greatest but is is a documentary type shot. It is also the shot that the First Doe noticed me and turned around and they went back into the woods as a brisk walk.

Now the park opens at 0830ish to 0900ish . I do wish I could go in earlier to get to the marsh and catch some of the wading / aquatic birds but right now I cannot so it is what it is but on the other hand it does not bother me because to photograph some of the small birds I have to wait until 10 or so for enough light to penetrate the canopy .

After I got into the park I decided I would walk down to where Fred lives (the alligator I named in the last post about the park). On the way to his hangout I saw a bright white mushroom.

To me I like this shot in black and white although in color this shot is very monotonish .

I stopped because I saw the neon yellow of the Prothonotary Warbler he stayed still long enough for me to grab a few frames of him singing. I do wish he would have landed on the branch above him because well there would not be a large leaf covering 1/2 of his body .

Fred was giving me the evil eye because I interrupted his nap . 2 of his cousins fled the mini beach that they were napping on causing him to follow suit. Part two I will show you more of Fred and his smaller and larger cousins.

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Bethany Plonski 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Great job with the prothonotary warbler! This morning when I was at the park another photographer told me he'd just seen one there, so I stayed for a bit to look for it, but no luck. Glad I can enjoy your shots for now!
I like the black and whites a lot too, especially the mushroom. So delicate looking, it almost reminded me of flower petals.

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Russell Smith Replied to Bethany Plonski 7 months, 3 weeks ago

If the area is close to you then it would be worth a return trip they have a very small range and also will go back to the same area next year. Look up their call once you hear it then they are relatively close and start scanning for yellow. Most of the time I spend 20-30 min before I can get a bird in a good spot to photograph.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Russell Smith 7 months, 3 weeks ago

It's one of the parks I visit a few times a month, so I'm definitely going to look again the next time I visit, and stick around for a while. Thank you for the tips!

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Trinicia Perch 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Great story, all the shots look hood.  Thanks for sharing.

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Russell Smith Replied to Trinicia Perch 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you.

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Camellia Staab 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Absolutely excellent shots and definitely worth the wait. I really like them all but #12 looks perfect in b&w. 
In reference to your Blue Jay...there's one that hangs around here on occasion, trying to get to the feeder that seems to be constantly occupied by sparrows. I've been trying to capture him but he is faster than I am. Yesterday I noticed him on the fence, flying back and forth from the fence to the feeder and back. But what was intriguing to me was the he was using the fence post to crack the seeds. Just like a woodpecker he would "knock" on the wood, swallow and then go back for more. I did capture that action, but of course the photo doesn't really show his actions, only I know what is going on. smile

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Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 7 months, 3 weeks ago

It is amazing how birds get around not having thumbs . One of the most fascinating birds to me is Crows and Ravens . They are highly intelligent.

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Jay Boggess 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Wonderful series and commentary! Thanks for taking us along! Looking forward to the next installment!

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Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 7 months, 3 weeks ago

:) Thank you . I had to break this one up into several parts.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Russell Smith 7 months, 3 weeks ago

My pleasure, as always, Amigo!

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