I went back to Valley Forge today to look for the fox I saw yesterday. There he was at the edge of the field by the side of the road. I could see he was sick. He had mange and his eyes were puffy. I wish I could have just picked him up and taken him to a good vet.
I was walking in the woods and came across this big old eight point buck lying down resting in the woods. My heart stood still and I quietly began to take his photograph, but I didn't like the way he was positioned. I walked quietly all around him from far off, but the pictures didn't get any better. The deer was totally unfazed by my presence. So I figured I needed to get him up on all fours to get a better picture, but I didn't want to scare him away. I jumped up and down, lifted a big branch in the air, made a growling sound, but the old buck wouldn't budge. Finally I set the camera up on the tripod and stabilized it. Then I walked right up to the buck who finally got up. I then ran back to the camera and clicked the shutter. You can see the buck is wondering what the heck I am doing. He stuck around for a little while (see www.kittykono.com for another view) but finally ambled off to find a girl friend.
I have to say I am having way too much fun finding new little birdies every day at Valley Forge. Today I saw a lot of little flutterers in a large bush so I set up my tripod with the legs very low and sat down and waited for somebody to come into my view finder. Instead a loud racket ensued. I could hear a number of little wrens screaming out to their buddies that a big giant with a camera had just invaded their space. In a few minutes all the noise died down and all the little flutterers flew away. I decided to just sit and wait to see how long it would take for them to come back. I sat and waited probably 15 minutes when I heard a little rustle in the leaves. And there in front of me was this beautiful new bird I hadn't seen before - the "Oven Bird." Here he is for your viewing pleasure - just a tiny beautiful little bird.