More Rainforest Symphony critters as seen at Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX. Many of the wildlife were roaming freely and had no name plates. So I have no way to identify them. If you know any of the names feel free to leave a comment below – I would appreciate it.
Brown Pelicans feed by plunge-diving from high up, using the force of impact to stun small fish before scooping them up. They are fairly common today—an excellent example of a species’ recovery from pesticide pollution that once placed them at the brink of extinction. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain which grows flowers, not thunder.” – Rumi
Willets – I always see them huddled up closely together when they are ready to rest and nap. Too cute.
Beedie Bird Photo: so the Baby Dark-eyed Juncos left the nest a couple of days ago. Now they are hopping and fluttering around the community garden like chicks out of control trying out their new wings. While Dad, Mr. Mom, catches little bugs and tries as hard as he can to catch up with them to feed’em.
Beedie Bird Photo: Bewick’s Wren. AllAboutBirds.org: If you come across a noisy, hyperactive little bird with bold white eyebrows, flicking its long tail as it hops from branch to branch, you may have spotted a Bewick’s Wren. These master vocalists belt out a string of short whistles, warbles, burrs, and trills to attract mates and defend their territory, or scold visitors with raspy calls.
This photo of a Red-tailed Hawk and it’s prey was taken at Carrizo Plains National Monument in San Luis Obispo County, California. Click on each image to enlarge and enjoy even further. It looks as if the Hawk got a little prey on it’s nose.
Male Bushtit (my fav tiny bird of all!) Bushtits are tiny, kinglet-sized songbirds. They are plump and large-headed, with long tails and short, stubby bills. Obviously this Bushtit had his beak buried in a yellow scrumptious plant of some kind. :o) Click to Enlarge the image and enjoy even further!
A rare visitor to our area, the Black and White Warbler, decided to make an appearance outside of my home office window. I quickly grabbed my camera to get a quick snapshot of this little beauty. And here I was feeling sorry for myself because I had the flu and couldn’t get out to bird. Instead, the universe graced me with a rare showing right at my front door. I’m Grateful. :o)
My first sighting of a Belted Kingfisher. It was an overcast day on the back bay. I do wish the photos had turned out better. This is one strange looking bird. The Belted Kingfisher is often seen perched prominently on trees, posts, or other suitable “watchpoints” close to water before plunging in head first after its fish prey. They also eat amphibians, small crustaceans, insects, small mammals and reptiles. (wikipedia.com)
Another favorite shorebird of mine is the Greater Yellowlegs. They frequent this time of year the back bay where I live. And although the Greater Yellowlegs is common and widespread, its low densities and tendency to breed in inhospitable, mosquito-ridden muskegs make it one of the least-studied shorebirds on the continent. (allaboutbirds.org)