Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Nurturing Nature

Since Tuesday was supposed to be the last of our sunshine for a while, I found myself back at Bluebonnet Swamp hoping to spot the Eastern Towhee I had seen last week. No such luck, but I met a very nice fellow blogger visiting all the way from the UK. Steve, I enjoyed your delightful accent and showing you around the swamp introducing you to our native wildlife. Hope you will visit our wonderful state again sometime!
An abundance of lizards were out in force.

Downy Woodpecker, female

Gray Squirrel munching on a sweet gum ball.

Damselfly

Steve helped me spot this little fella. 

Titmouse

Titmouse with visible tongue getting ready for the suet.

When I returned home the sun was still very bright, so off to the backyard I went where I was dazzled even more!
Look who came to visit my neighbors' Chinese Tallow tree: the Cedar Waxwings!

If only I could get their back wings - the color and spots of red are exquisite.

Some type of sparrow resting on the palm tree.

Yellow-rumped warbler swallowing a crane fly. Good! One less to enter the house.

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47 comments:

Mitzi said...

How awesome that you met a fellow blogger, all the way from across the ocean at that! Love the images as always, though I must admit I am a bit jealous that you have such an abundance of wildlife so close by. Soon my friend, we will get together & have an outing. Love the squirrel and the woodpecker...great captures! Big hugs from down the road...xoxo

bailey-road.com said...

Great shots, Gail! I like the lizards.

Linda said...

What! No link to Steve's blog? :)

I love all of these. Those waxwings are gorgeous, aren't they? The lizards look like they have a zipper unning down their backs. Your photos are just spectacular!

Kittie Howard said...

I couldn't help but smile when I saw the lizards. Oh, the childhood memories of caressing them until they fell asleep, then we'd put them down and tip toe off. (All of which we probably shouldn't have done!)

Fab photos, Gail!

Linda said...

Well, I blew that one, didn't I? I found the link. And that "unning" should be "running." I'm off now to look at Steve's blog.

Gary said...

Great series!! Love those lizards. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

TexWisGirl said...

great job catching the warbler w/ the fly! and yay for waxwings at home! love the lizards and that you got to meet a UK blogger! :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful pictures. I like the action going on in some of them.

Kerry said...

If you saw an abundance of lizards you must have very sharp eyes! That first guy is well-camouflaged.

Your swamps are so full of life, what a pleasure it must be to wander around with a camera.

hootnonny said...

You never disappoint!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I love lizards.

That is so cool you met a blogger from the UK!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I love lizards.

That is so cool you met a blogger from the UK!

Evelyn S. said...

You are quite the bird photographer, Gail! Wonderful captures of them in their habitat...doing what birds do! I do love Cedar Waxwings, but I haven't seen any here for more than a year. They used to swing by for a visit to the berries on an old juniper bush in our yard.

the wild magnolia said...

you search and find the birds, a detective of sorts. and bugs......

wonderful captures.....i am learning of Louisiana birds, some i even know by name now.

good job!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

WOW Gail!! You caught the bird eating the fly!! I didn't know that anything could eat a sweet gum ball! Brave squirrel!!

dinascitywildlife.com said...

So many great shots! I love the waxwings. We don't see them often here.

Nancy said...

I love the shots of the Waxwings....I don't think we have them but they are very cute.....

Don't like lizards but you got some good shots and how neat to meet a fellow blogger...

eileeninmd said...

Gail, wonderful series of birds and critters. The lizards are cute!

Deanna said...

How fun that you met up with a fellow blogger and from England no less. Wonderful images, love the Cedar Waxwing, what a gorgeous bird and your capture of the warbler swallowing the fly is awesome!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Steve met the perfect person to guide him! Very cool. Great birds of the day. And at home too. Tax for the wonderful pics...I'm a happy birder after reading this post!

She Who Carries Camera said...

awesome captures, once again!

Esther Joy said...

Here in the Ozarks we share many of these same little critters/creatures! I think most of our lizards must be hiding now, though, with the threat of an ice storm headed our way!

Renae at simple sequins said...

Ooooh Gail, those lizards are great captures. They are faster than birds sometimes, & to get so close!!!

I didn't know a titmouse was a bird. I thought it was a mouse. hahahhaha

David Oliver said...

Your wildlife photos are always so absolutely beautiful. It is really nice that you were able to hook up with a fellow wildlife blogger.

Gina Gao said...

These are really neat shots! I liked all of them.

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Barbara said...

Amazing shots and I'm so jealous you saw a Cedar Waxwing. They haven't been to visit us in a couple of years (that I know of!) How cool that you met a fellow blogger!

Linda R said...

Amazing photos once again. That little Lizard looks like something you would find here in the desert.

Hugs~

Stewart M said...

I dont think I'd ever more away from the window if there was a chance to see wax wings - what great bird.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

PS: glad you enjoy WBW!

Anni said...

First, it's always great to meet another blogger with the same interests as you. How fun it must have been. Secondly, the creatures of the swamp [I am going to have to go out to Google and check where this is exactly], are stupendous. And of course your photography is always tops!!! I had to smile to myself when your one photo has "some kind of sparrow". Yes, I can empathize with that statement....there are so many different ones, and difficult to decipher just exactly which one.

Love your image shares, as always.

ladyfi said...

Wow - you excel at nature shots! These are gorgeous.

EG CameraGirl said...

Oh how I wish I had a titmouse at my feeders. They look like such sweet birds.

Tricia Hays said...

just a plethora of lil critters =)

Rosie Grey said...

Wonderful photos again, Gail! Thanks for showing blue sky and sunshine - that makes me forget the snow and the freezing temperatures outside! How fun to meet a fellow blogger! :-)
Have a great weekend!

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Fantastic captures- really like that lizard- almost hidden against the tree bark.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Love the woodpecker :)

Ruth said...

Those are some amazing pictures there, I love those lizards!

Buttons said...

Oh lucky Steve and you, I would love to tour the swamp with you and your excellent eye for photography. B

Renae at simple sequins said...

Awh, thank you, friend! I knew the watch and the scarf would need to be worn together. My daughter did the rest. I had worn the scarf the week prior with browns and thought it would be a great post outfit. I took the photos and it was very offffff! So my ydd came to the rescue.

Patrice said...

Nice photos, Gail, and how nice to meet a fellow blogger - love those cedar waxwings!

Kathy said...

I can't wait for the cedar waxwings. Our red-tipped photinia is full of red berries and we have a flock who visit in either February or March and hang around long enough to get drunk on all the berries and absolutely strip it. It's about 10 feet tall, 10 feet long and 6 feet wide and 30 of those birds can devour the jillion berries in a couple of days!

Rambling Woods said...

What a treat to meet another blogger. I have not had the pleasure of doing that yet. Nor the pleasure of seeing cedar waxwings. Wow and I can't believe you have a damselfly already.. You have spring Gail.. and thank you for the birthday wishes.. Michelle

Chatty Crone said...

Gorgeous - I am still trying to figure out HOW you get these great shots. Love them.

Hilary said...

What a bunch of beauties. Your critter photos always are. It would seem that your little titmouse pal has been banded.

Jori said...

Love the blue around the lizards eye. Your photo's are always incredible!

Richard Pegler said...

Another fabulous set of images Gail. I've a real soft spot for lizards (rarely see them over here), and the Hairy Woodpecker is superb!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Gail, your photos seem to become better and better! Meeting fellow bloggers is such a sweet gift; so glad you met your new UK friend.

Rosemary Aubut said...

You are in love with nature and it shows!