Friday, March 16, 2018

I Bugged the Raven

Late this afternoon I hiked across the fields of Valley Forge, crossed over County Line Road and looked to see if the raven was on the raven's nest.  And yes, he or she was.  I was quite far away up on the ridge, but the raven saw me as well, left the nest and flew far away, circled and then came roaring back and landed in a tree close to where I was standing.  He cawed and cawed and ruffled his feathers and yelled at me.  And I just took his picture and tried to remain calm.  He or she finally calmed down, flew back to the nest and settled back in.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Gray Ghost

The beautiful male Northern Harrier floating above Valley Forge this morning.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Ravens and Their Nest

At first I just heard their interesting voices which carried all the way up the newly created meadow to the edge of the woods where I was standing in Valley Forge.  Their voices belonged to a pair of mating ravens.  I could see them flying into and landing on the stone wall just above the old coyote den, so I took my big lens and walked down into the meadow and back up the hill and found the nest.  Then Mr. Raven came flying back with a treat for Mrs. Raven.
Then I saw a hawk sitting in a tree watching the ravens and their nest.  Not a good sign.  The hawk saw me and flew into the dense brush near the nest.  That's when Mr. Raven took off after the hawk and chased him away.  Oh I hope the hawk does not steal the baby ravens once they are born.  It is a cruel world out there!!  (Click on the photos for a better view.)

Monday, March 5, 2018

Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Blairs Come for Brunch

My wonderful nephew Benny Blair and his beautiful wife Hia and handsome kids Ricky and Eoin were visiting Philadelphia for a wedding and came to St. Davids today for a little brunch with their old Aunt Kitty.  We had a great time discussing life, love and the pursuit of happiness.  And took a few photos to boot.
Hia and Benny

Eoin, Ricky, Benny, Hia. and Tango
Yours truly with Benny

Hia and her Boys

The High Jumpers
Kitty and Hia

Ricky and Eoin 

Aunt Kitty with the Handsome Guys

GQ Magazine Cover

The Family

One Last High Jump

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Great Blue eyes a Mayfly

I took way too many photographs of this beautiful great blue heron at Eastern College Pond.  I thought while looking through the viewfinder he had a little hiccup and that it may have been an insect that all of a sudden had gotten his attention.  And then when I downloaded all the photographs - voila- the tiny mayfly!!  Click on the heron to see the mayfly.

Chin Rest

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Red Shouldered Hawk

This little beauty was not shy.  She jumped right down in front of me looking for a little chipmunk who got away - thankfully.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Fun with Squirrels today at Eastern College PondHigh

Take Off 
Another Take Off

Hands Over my Head

Oh my head!!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Deer at Dusk

It was so dark I could hardly see this little gal raising her foot, stamping the ground and complaining about me.  The Nikon camera is pretty darn good in low light with no flash, if I must say so myself.

Friday, February 16, 2018

My Darling Clementine

My Tripod is in the Repair Shop

My miracle ten year old tripod head which helps hold up my big lens finally said it had had enough.  So I called the good Wimberly Company thinking I may need to break down and buy a new one.  But those good people said, "Send it back and we can fix it."  So....., it is in the shop and I will need to be patient and keep the 600mm on the dining room table until the miracle tripod head returns.  Here are a few geese with the smaller macro lens.  Later gater.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Accidental Fox in the Rain Today

I was driving to one of my favorite spots in Valley Forge this morning when I saw a small flock of turkey vultures by the side of the road. I pulled over to a safe spot and put my big lens out the window and started taking pictures when all of a sudden this beautiful red fox showed up in my viewfinder!! It was such a wonderful surprise.