Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Baton Rouge-Day Two

Michael and I decided we wanted to go for a nice walk around LSU Lakes. It's one of my favorite places to go for nature photography and hiking. I had no idea we would see so many birds! Michael was very good about finding them for me and being quiet while pointing them out. As you can see, I hit the jackpot!
This American Robin let me get very close while he foraged on the ground. I got about 30 photos and could have taken more, but I actually grew bored. Towards the end I was lying on the ground for a different perspective.
My sweet, adoring husband helped me identify this one using our bird book. It's a Green Heron! I didn't even know such a bird existed. If only I had that 400mm lens. :/
Michael going down to the water's edge.

Still trying to identify this one. Any clue? 
Hairy Woodpecker, female  
Hairy Woodpecker, male  
Around the lake are beautiful, expensive homes. This particular one had a fleur-de-lis fence in front of it.

13 comments:

Kittie Howard said...

Gail, thank you for sharing your photos. The past half hour has been so serene, except for that news about your Mom that leaves me a bit on edge, kinda worried here.

Michael is gorgeous! Inside and out! You and your hub have every right to be proud (of daughter, too!)

So dat bird is a Green Heron? Your female woodpecker has a little ball in its mouth. That's not easy to capture, Gail!

Loved seeing the Lakes...sooo many memories, love that place...especially in the spring. All those azalea bushes *sighs*. Ah, Baton Rouge, a little oasis that I fear will grow too big *sighs* Thanks, Gail...tis late, off to bed!

Pearl said...

It's absolutely amazing to me how different the different parts of the country are right now. Minneapolis is warming up, day by day, but there's still snow on the ground -- and here you are with song birds and -- well, birds!!

Pearl

mamatronic said...

These photos are fabulous! I love the individuality you bring to each bird you capture. You know I took a lot of nature pics when we went camping and thought of you- not that they were so good. The only birds I shot were in the zoo though.

Rosie said...

These captures are so wonderful, Gail! Your bird photos are always so amazing - I love them!

Starla said...

What gorgeous photos.....I REALLY need to take my camera (even if it is only a p&s) everywhere with me.

Nadine, Chewy and Lilibell said...

Beautiful pictures Gail, really getting me in the mood for spring now!

lisa said...

Wow!! You did hit the jackpot for birds!!
Each of these is so beautiful Gail.
I am just noticing the return here of the birds over the past few days. Such a wonderful sight and sound!

Barbara Shallue said...

Jackpot, indeed! These are wonderful - I especially love that robin. Great perspective. You should add these to Jillsy's Tweets around the World - see the button on my sidebar.

Pat said...

Nice collection of photos here! That's a wonderful shot of the Robin and I love the sunning turtles!

Henrietta said...

I don't know nothing about the birds but I know that your bird pictures are amazing. I know it hard to shoot them so absolutely fantastic work:)

Jillsy Girl said...

Thank you for adding these fantastic shots to the our Tweeter Board. The robin and the female hairy woodpecker captures blow me away!! Great job! Please feel free to add more if you take more this month.

So nice to meet you!

Hula Girl at Heart said...

The bokeh around the unidentified bird is just fabulous! I just love your nature shots. I keep meaning to comment on some of your flickr photos and haven't taken the time to do it. Lovely, Gail.

kelly@thebluemuse said...

I am in love with your robin photo! Just perfect.