We have had more days like this this summer than I think we have ever had in one summer. We try to get out and enjoy them all we can.
Down at the end of this pond lotus are growing...the property has No Trespassing signs so I cannot walk down close to them.
How I wish I could cause they are only about 8-10 minutes from here. They are not far at all...
This Great Blue Heron was down close to the far end. We see him in about this exact spot quite often.
At a different pond, I spotted this guy. When I first spotted it, it was out in the water, with its wings spread open. Before I could even zoom in and focus, it took flight. The only thing that crossed my mind was cormorant, but don't really have any idea if it could be one. I am hoping someone that sees them often can tell me if they think that is one or if you know what it is, please say so. My photo is so blurry that I can do nothing to enhance it to give details. Even in the original, I cannot tell much about its beak.
We have seen cormorants down at the Goose Pond area...and in looking at photos on Google, I found a photo of one sitting in the water that closely resembles what I saw. I just wish I could see the beak in my photo.
I would suggest clicking the photos to view the expanded view......
I have been wanting to go up to Heron County Park, or as I call it the Heron Viewing Station. I would have like to see herons, but what I really wanted was to see the these! I have been wondering if lotus and water lilies are the same thing...thinking that they are. But according to my search, these are the lotus plants because the leaves and the flowers do not rest on the water.
It is impossible for me to get a photo of the whole area that does it justice. So I am zooming in.
They are just so beautiful...
I love them when all that is left is what I guess you would call the seed pod. In the fall it turns brown and you can shake it and hear the seeds rattle.
First of all, let me apologize for the quality of these first shots...but any day we see an eagle, we consider it a great day!
I had my camera on a monopod but I still could not hold steady with it zoomed in as much as it was.
You can still see that it is a juvenile Bald Eagle.
Look at that big dark, hooked beak. It was sitting in the same tree as the Bald Eagle seen here. It had been raining again today, but more a light rain rather than the downpour the other eagle had been in. If you didn't see it, be sure and look. I have never seen an eagle look as dejected as it did.
In addition to the Bald Eagle, I lost count of the hawks we saw. Oh not a huge number but somewhere around 6 or 7 or 8. Most I could not stop to take photos, but the last one, I got several shots.
I don't know what kind of hawk this is...
He cooperated for just a few shots..
I know this and the first shot look like the same shot, but they aren't.
He almost took off in the above shot..,but composed himself for the photo below
I do consider this my favorite shot...
I managed the one shot, another truck passed and he was off...and he was 'screaming' at me as he left. I wish I had thought to video it as he left.