Friday, May 31, 2013

The Calm Between the Storms

The weather here has been absolutely terrible.  Stormy and wet.  I was determined to get out today, as I needed some time to de-stress a bit.  I brought along the camera raincoat just in case, as we just had a small storm roll through, and supposedly another coming.  Luckily, the sun broke through a bit as I did a short hike on the canal just east of Geneseo.  Here's what I saw:

A Female Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

A muskrat plays peek-a-boo with me as it gathers and flees with material for the den.

Painted Turtle

Hopefully tomorrow will bring some sun and dryness.  I hope to get out and do some riding/photography on the canal.  Enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Great Day Off!

Today, I had the day off, so spent the day biking around the canal with my camera.  I'm amazed at the amount of wildlife that I see.  The day was gorgeous, great lighting and perfect for exploring.  My path started between Annawan and Atkinson and came west towards Geneseo.  Rather than babble about all of these photos, I'll just show the pics!

King Bird

Black Capped Chickadee


Canadian Goose

American Mink

I stumbled on this mink on the prowl and was hoping he would come back towards me for a great face-first shot on the log.  I sat down and waited.  While waiting, I heard the brush explode to my left and saw a coyote running away from me:(  I always miss the coyotes when they are close!


This muskrat encounter was weird.  I spotted him while on my bike about 10 feet away.  He went down along the canal, and I got off my bike, got my camera out of the bag, got it set, and he came up again right in front of me!  It was busily gathering grass for his den, I assume.  Even more strange, it came up four times for more grass, even though I was snapping photos just 6 or 7 feet away!

Painted Turtle

Blue Winged Teal

Blue Heron Butt

I can never get close to herons!  This is what I see almost every time:)  What a great day off anyway!