Tuesday, July 19, 2011

200/365 Wildlife!

I have two photos today for my wildlife theme…
The first was taking during an early morning run.  As I trotted along I heard some robins chirping and squawking up a storm, and it usually means there’s a predator nearby.  That’s when I spotted this fellow (erm…okay maybe it’s a female…no way of telling) up on the power lines.  I stood right underneath him but he seemed unperturbed.  Using my handy-dandy x10 optical zoom, I got a decent picture even in the bad light.  Most likely it is a red-tailed hawk, since they are pretty numerous around here.  You can’t see the red-tailness easily unless they are in flight.




The second photo was taken a few days later during the high heat and humidity of the late afternoon.  I have been diligently watering my potted plants, and I guess this fellow (ok…..so maybe it’s female again!!) found the dampness to its liking.  As I stepped on the front porch I was surprised to spot a toad resting in one of the pots!  I misted him/her down with the hose a bit.  Later, after it was dark, he/she had disappeared off into the shrubbery.  I plan on making a toad abode out of one of my old clay pots so he/she has a nice place to rest during these hot months.




~Tooks in steamy Florida...I mean PA!

5 comments:

  1. I dig both photos, Tooks. That toad almost looks fake. He/she blends in so well. And he/she picked a small pot to hang in. Must have been cool or something.

    The hawk is beautiful. We have them around here, but not that variety.

    Great photos!!

    Jules

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  2. Love the photos, Tooks.
    Especially the Flacon.
    No disrepect to the toad, btw.
    Just like the Falcon's 'pose' better.

    Calma

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  3. Love seeing the wildlife in your area. Wow!! That is some toad hon!!!

    What an awesome idea to make a Toad Abode for an escape from the heat of the hot summer days.. Good luck with it hon!

    Vana

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  4. Ha a Toad Abode! i only have 2 here, but when i was in florida i was inundated with em! I think i brought some back to tx with me, who lied dormant, in the plant pots too! Great Shot!
    ~EntwifeLost

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  5. Wow, fantastic shots, Tooks!

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