Lake Wateree Day 1 of Photography....

by Russell Smith August. 11, 2019 177 views

The first day and a half I dedicated to fishing because without fish there would have been one day of no dinner unless we made the trek to a restaurant.

The day before we went up to the lake there was a Mayfly hatch of a decent size. This meant that birds were feasting quite well and quite easily. One of those birds that enjoyed the bounty is the Eastern Kingbird.

Eastern Kingbird.

Eastern Kingbird.

This individual was soaking up the morning sun before the heat of the day started baking everything. If you look closely on the branch that it is sitting on the second branch up from its right side (that is pointing down) has a Mayfly hanging off of it. Something I just noticed as I was writing this.

In the late afternoon/early evening my mom and I took a walk to see what we could see and get a sense of what possible wildlife might be around.

Mockingbird or should I say a Mockingbird family was using the tree to survey the scenery. The way this guy was puffed up it did not look like a Mockingbird at first so it peaked out curiosity.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

There were dozens and dozens of this species (Eastern Bluebird) in a small area around the garden. I have never seen them in this quantity before unless it was over a large area in the span of a day. I even saw juvenile birds which might explain the numbers but it also shows that the area is quite healthy and is a testament to those families that live in the area both part time and full time.

Cardinals were everywhere and they were buzzing back and forth across the road we were walking on so I stopped and looked to see why because this was not a behavior that I see often. The answer was a few fledglings. They definitely might fall into the so ugly it is cute category.

Later that evening closer to sunset we decided to take a short walk and see if anything new was out.

Not much new or visible was out but this little flower did catch my eye.

We were however treated to some beautiful colors back to the east in the clouds. Stay tuned for day 2.....

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Camellia Staab 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I am definitely going with so "ugly it is cute" on #4. Nice series.

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

grinning Thank you.

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Heike 3 months, 3 weeks ago

#4 is so funny with this mohawk hairstyle. smile

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Russell Smith Replied to Heike 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes made me think of an 80s punk rocker.

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Bethany Plonski 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Awesome series! I've been seeing a lot of juvenile bluebirds lately too, I love their spots. Although for me, the prize for the cutest  definitely goes to the fledgling in #4. smile

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

:) Thank you. It must have been a great year for bluebird population which I love .

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Buster Bruce 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Our avian friends are some of the most beautiful creatures on earth and you have captured some of their essence for us to enjoy. Beautiful work Russell

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Russell Smith Replied to Buster Bruce 3 months, 3 weeks ago

That they are. They are also both frustrating and rewarding at the same time to get a shot of.

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Jay Boggess 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Wonderful variety! Nice camera work, Amigo!

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

:) Thank you.

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

Always a pleasure, my friend!

+1grinning+1

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Lynn F Medley 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Beautiful series! Wonderful hat your mom came along 🙂

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Russell Smith Replied to Lynn F Medley 3 months, 4 weeks ago

It was great spending time with her.

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Marilyn Grimble 3 months, 4 weeks ago

So you love birds too. I love cardinals and bluebirds, we don’t have them in Europe. The flower looks like wild verbena. Interesting series. Enjoy your time there. Mxx

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Russell Smith Replied to Marilyn Grimble 3 months, 4 weeks ago

When I was younger I was into bird watching and it is something that photography is helping me get back into so I know what I am photographing and then I can research habits a bit more. I do enjoy watching them. I am not sure on the flowers there is an app similar to Merlin (for birds) that you can snap a photo on your cell phone and it will help id the plant but I forgot to download it prior to going up there and cell service is spotty at best there.

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