Friday, March 28, 2014

Lake Martin Hodge Podge

Miscellaneous images around Lake Martin, LA. on 3/22/2014.
Early morning view

Pied-billed grebe

Pileated woodpecker. No amount of coaxing would get her to come out of the nest.

Snowy egret in breeding mode

Snowy egret

Roseate spoonbill

Black-bellied whistling duck
I thought of TexWisGirl while shooting these. My hat's off to her photography on these guys.
They were lined up so wonderfully on three different branches of one particular tree;
I'm certain Tex would have gotten the perfect composition from it.

42 comments:

Indrani said...

Beautiful scenes all around! Loved the post.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Ms. T has really influenced us in blogland with the Whistlers to be sure. Each time I see one in our area, I think of her.

Fantastic images, as always Gail. I do so love the spanish moss on the cypress.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

gorgeous views. love the woodpecker poking his head out. so cute!!! awww!! perfect moment to get his picture.

happy weekend.( :

Roan said...

I alwasy think of Tex when I see pictures of whistlers, too. She has cornered the market. Nice selection of birds and really like the first shot.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

LOVE that picture of the Pileated woodpecker sticking her head out of her home :)

R. Mac Wheeler said...

the critters are cool...

But I really loved that first landscape shot

Willow said...

These are great miscellaneous images Gail ~
each one such a great shot and noteworthy ..
Really enjoyed them

cobie en bas van Es said...

je eerste foto wat is het daar mooi.

Kim Stevens said...

Just beautiful, from the reflections in the water to that gorgeous White Egret!!

Mitzi said...

Being a fellow Louisiana Belle...I love that 1st shot! Gorgeous capture! All of them are beautiful. Have an amazing weekend my friend...xoxo

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Once again, every picture in the set is beautiful. The one of the sweet grebe and its reflection is perfect. Love Mama Pileated in her nest. Do you think she drilled that opening herself? It looks so precise. The shots of the Snowy are amazingly beautiful. Would love to see them in breeding season.

hootnonny said...

Wonderful shots, Gail, of the lake and its jewels!

Have a great weekend!

Karen said...

Lovely images! The waterscape is gorgeous as are the birds. Love that spoonbill.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

How fun is that woodpecker picture!?

TexWisGirl said...

oh, gail - if you only knew how many thousands of photos i've taken of these monster whistlers... so many are junked. :) i'm just thrilled you got to see some!

now, the snowy sure is showy in his ultra-dark accents! very cool! and i am SOOOO jealous of your pied-billed grebe! i just love those tiny guys and gals and they've not wintered here the past few winters (guess the whistlers kept them out this winter, for sure!)

Rosemary Aubut said...

You are one with nature! Great and very peaceful photography Gail!!! Xoxoxo

Camila Rafaela Felippi said...

One thing to say: P-E-R-F-E-C-T!
I love nature s2

Anvilcloud said...

You have some very fine photos here.

DeniseinVA said...

Oh Gail, I just love these photos. Each one is an absolutel delight. Your Pileated Woodpecker, although she would not get off her nest, is a lovely shot and I have never seen a Pied-Billed Grebe. You have made my day with all these pretty birds :)

EG CameraGirl said...

I LOVE that early morning view! I don't think I have ever seen a snowy egret looking so fine!

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Awh, I'm glad you get inspiration from my posts and who you see there. My blog hop is doing well, I have consistent attendees which I am so loving. Now that my surgery is done, I can focus more on my blog again.

I have a new 'pink update' now, did you see that my Stage is a 2. Very curable!!!! Great news!!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These pictures are great. The Grebe pic could be turned upside-down and still look right.An amazing reflection.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Fabulous shots. Mrs woodpecker is my favorite!

eileeninmd said...

Awesome series of birds and photos. It is hard to pick a favorite, I loved them all. Have a happy weekend!

bailey-road.com said...

Such wonderful captures. I love the woodpecker peeking out of his hole.

Debbie said...

all in one day, WoW-zers these are really awesome!!

i would think of tex also, if i ever saw a whistler!!

the refection image was my favorite, what an amazing capture!! have a wonderful weekend!!

Hilary said...

All such lovely finds and capture but Gail, I had to laugh when I got the to Whistler and thought... she has Tex's ducks! ;)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

All amazing shots every single one. But the grebe reflection is heart-stopping. Wonderful.

Linda said...

Wonderful shots! Delightful birds.

Amy Burzese said...

Love the woodpecker and those Egrets are so "showy". (Not a typo. I did mean sHowy even though they're also sNowy.)

Kleine Waldameise said...

Welch tolle Aufnahmen wieder. Ich bin begeistert. Es muss herrlich dort sein. So viele verschiedene Vögel. Da möchte ich noch die Stimmen dazu hören. Das wär sicher interessant.

Grüße von der Waldameise

Betty Manousos said...

gail wow!!

what stunning shots! you never fail to amaze me my friend.
what a beautiful lake and lovely finds!

happy weekend~
xo

Betty Manousos said...

...and those egrets are soo beautiful! Great capture of whistling duck, too. very nicely done!:)

Linda R said...

Such wonderful photos my friend! The first shot has such a calm and serene feel to it!! Love it!

Hugs~

Brian King said...

Love the grebe! Beautiful photos of the egret, too! Well, they're all beautiful photos!

rainfield61 said...

What a story to be shared between you and Tex.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

LOVE< LOVE the pink spoonbill!! Yes - the whistling duck!! I'll have to be on the look out for them on our drive down your way tomorrow/Monday!!

Helma said...

Great ... what a wonderful blog with beautiful birds.
This really enjoy Gail.
Thank you for these beautiful birds.

LC said...

Oh, these photos were as good as being there myself; no, better because You took me with you where I may not have managed to go and actually observe these scenes and birds while keeping my balance.

Birding via Louisiana Belle. I love it! Thanks!

Jen said...

Beautiful shots of the birds and of the lake. Yep, I'm jotting this one down, too.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Great shots, but I gotta say "no fair"! I want these birds (Whistlers) to come to my pond- hmm...can't you and Tex send just a pair or two north to Arkansas? LOL!

Barbara said...

I spend so much time in my car or inside at my computer that I truly appreciate all of your beautiful nature shots. Thank you!