Tag Archive | birds

My Best from 2013 ~

I found myself watching intently my digital photo frame in the Family Room this morning.  Almost all of the photos on it are mine, and I was noticing that I really do have a few exceptional photos from last year when I was very enthusiastic with my camera.  I thought I’d post a few of my own favorites.

 

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While these are all not necessarily fantastic photography, some are my favorites simply because of the content, or they’re favorite places or events from last year.  Some are very meaningful, perhaps only to me.  Some are my first endeavor at macro and super macro.  But these are my favorites.  Hope you enjoy!

Until next time, thanks for stopping by.  Hope to see you again soon!  TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting ~

They were there, and then all too soon they were gone.

Robin's eggs

Robin’s eggs

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Empty Robin's nest

Empty Robin’s nest

     Thank you for stopping by in this fleeting moment.   Until next time, TTFN                                                         ~ Tamara

Robin’s Eggs ~

 

The American Robin (Turdus migratorius), also known as the Robin or Common Robin, is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. It is named after the European Robin because of its reddish-orange breast, though the two species are not closely related, with the European robin belonging to the flycatcher family. 

The American Robin is active mostly during the day and assembles in large flocks at night. Its diet consists of invertebrates (such as beetle grubs, earthworms, and caterpillars), fruits and berries. It is one of the earliest bird species to lay eggs, beginning to breed shortly after returning to its summer range from its winter range. Its nest consists of long coarse grass, twigs, paper, and feathers, and is smeared with mud and often cushioned with grass or other soft materials. It is among the first birds to sing at dawn, and its song consists of several discrete units that are repeated.  (from Wikipedia)

On April 29, 2013, Al and I discovered a robin’s nest in the arborvitae we have planted just off our front deck, but right in front of a window situated in our dining room.  We had noticed a pair of robins that were particularly aggressive around our front yard recently, and finally caught the mother bird darting into the brush near the house where she ordinarily would never go.  Al got suspicious and investigated, finding this beautiful little perfectly-formed nest.

robins empty nest

 

On May 7th, Al checked the nest and sure enough!  there were four little blue eggs in there!  Well, we knew we’d simply have to “fix” the dining room window so we could readily peek into this miracle of nature nest at random.  Al took the outside screen off, and snipped a couple of the branches of the arborvitae that were potentially in the way.  We still would have to gently move a branch to peer into the nest for updates, but at least it would be easier!  Except we were faced with the mother and/or father robin screeching at us from the grond and warning us to stay away!

Robins eggs

 

Just yesterday, May 17,  we peeked again and found newly-hatched baby robins!  How exciting!  We will keep an eye (or two) on them as they continue to progress and fledge… despite parental objections.

Nest hatchlings ipiccy

Hope you enjoyed this peek into the world of the robin.  I’ll post updates as the babes progress.  Thank you for stopping by.  Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara

 

 

“Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty!” ~

 

Rosamond Gifford Zoo  in nearby Syracuse, NY, is advertising their “Winter at the Zoo” Photo Contest, which includes free admission to all photogs who bring a camera (not a cell phone camera) and a coupon you can get from their website.  So I decided to give it a try since today’s temps were to be around 40 degrees, and the long range forecast is for the teens for the rest of the month.  I called my eldest daughter and she brought my grandson, Liam, and they came along too.

As it turned out, all of the exhibits we wanted to photo were inside the zoo building anyway… except the elephants and wolves ~ but Spring is coming!   By far my most favorite exhibit was of the lions.  Syracuse has three; one male and two females.  When we first arrived at the exhibit, they were not yet out in their “paddock”, but we could see preparations were being made and they would be allowed out to see soon.   About 5-10 minutes later they were let loose into their enclosure, and we got to observe them relatively close up as they began their antics.

Male Lion relaxes at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Male Lion relaxes at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Male Lion reigns at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Male Lion reigns at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Lioness at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Lioness at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Male Lion shows interest in spectators at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Male Lion shows interest in spectators at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Pair of attentive lions at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Pair of attentive lions at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Big Cat Trio at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Big Cat Trio at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

 Before the cats come out into the enclosure, a zoo staff brings a spray bottle of “something” and sprays a variety of places like the rocks and some of the wooden logs etc.    The predators act like it’s catnip and relax and begin to play.

Lioness sizes up grandson, Liam, for lunch?

Lioness sizes up grandson, Liam, for lunch?

A plate of thick glass separates my grandson, 4-yr-old Liam, from this kitty who apparently thinks he’d make a great bite-sized snack.  I’m sure Liam was wondering if she was “pet-able”.

I think I’m going to submit a couple of the lion photos for the contest.  You’re only allowed to submit two.  They haven’t announced what the prize(s) will be yet… probably not yet procured.

      ~ I came, I saw, I blogged…. till next time.