Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Nature Notes: If Looks Could Kill

I think it's safe to say that if looks could kill, the juvenile American robin below would have killed me.
The next shot is a little blurry but it goes with the if looks could kill theme.
I have discovered that if I stand on a chair in my living room, I am able to photograph the birds in my front yard bird bath.
It's very popular with the juvenile robins. You may have to look very closely to spot all three of the juvenile robins in the shot below.
From the angle I'm shooting from out the living room window, it looks like there are plants growing into the bird bath. That's just an illusion and the shot below that I took outside shows how it fits into the yard. The oak trees and sky are reflected in the water.
I think the reason the juvenile robins tend to stake out this bird bath is because they were born in nests built in the front overgrown bushes, almost as high as small trees would be.
I also see a few cardinals like the male cardinal below in this bird bath as well as chickadees.
I find it interesting to compare how robins look with their feathers all fluffed out as opposed to flattened.
This robin on my deck was about as puffed out as it could get.
Then another day I shot a robin on my deck all smoothed out and sleek.
Some of my echinacea is finally getting some color in its petals.
I don't know what kind of nest the abandoned one below is. It's much larger than wasp nests that I've seen. It had fallen down from somewhere.
I never realized just how much color is within a female cardinal. The shot below only gives a hint of it.
Then when the same female cardinal dove in to wash her head, I was astounded by all the color in her feathers.
There are more and more blackberries ripening which I enjoy as do the birds.
I don't know if the mourning dove below qualifies for an, if looks could kill, but I wouldn't want to cross it.
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Judy said...

That first photo is awesome! said...

my friend,

forgive me but I couldn´t come here so long..I was travelling .
The third photo is beautiful but the first one is simply divine.congrats

Unknown said...

I love the way that fluffed up Robin looks :D
And the angry bird, whoa, defo a 'if looks could kill' look ;)

That abandoned thingy could be a wasp's nest?

Cezar and Léia said...

Wonderful set of pictures and I love the close up of the robin!

EG CameraGirl said...

It's wonderful that you can capture the birds the way you do. Robins really like taking baths! :)

EG CameraGirl said...

It's wonderful that you can capture the birds the way you do. Robins really like taking baths! :)

DeniseinVA said...

Great series of photos. I've nevery seen a robin with its feather's all fluffed out like that. It looks so pretty.

Crafty Green Poet said...

good to see the robins growing up, they need that fierce look to survive i guess!

Leora said...

I love your dove's look. What is he thinking? "I'm ready for a drinking!"

I don't seem to see cardinals here, now that winter is over.

Rambling Woods said...

I so needed a smile today..thank you for giving it to me.. Yes..young robins always looks like they are ticked