Monday, November 13, 2017

Cedar Waxwing and the Berry Yesterday in Valley Forge

Yesterday Valley Forge was flush with birds.  Oh my. There were flocks of robins and starlings and cedar waxwings and blue jays and flickers.  I spent the first two hours without any success. Walking through the newly seeded meadow and the thick brush of the bordering woods.  I was within feet of a beautiful pileated woodpecker, but he would not cooperate.  Finally I went back to  where I began and the cedar waxwings had finally come down from the tops of the trees and one posed with a berry in his beak.  I could come home happy with a catch.  Oh life is good!  Click to see that berry.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Southern Crested Caracara

Still going through way too many  photos of the Pantanal and just came across this Mom and Baby Caracara who posed for us while having a little lunch along the banks of the Cuiaba River.  Click for a better view because they are worth better viewing.

Portrait of the Tiger Heron


Not a Good Day for the Caiman

We watched the jaguar silently enter the water and swim along the edge.  Then we passed him in our little boat so we could get a better view, but as we turned a corner in the little stream we lost sight of him for a minute.  That's when he grabbed the caiman and probably killed him instantly by grabbing him through the back of his head.  Then he came back into view swimming with his catch back across the stream and up the bank and into the woods.  Click on him to really see the whole scene.