A little tiff between cormorants today.
The water at Belmar Park in Lakewood is getting too much algae it seems. Some stretches of water are pea soup looking. I hope someone in the city will look into it. This Black-Crowned Night Heron was a patient hunter. Each step across the small log was taken with the slowest movement, while his eyes were glued on a target I never did see. He could hold perfectly still for much longer than I could.
On my drive to Crested Butte to deliver my new children's book, FOR ALL THE ANIMALS, to the Rumors Coffee & Tea House for them to sell, I stopped to capture some of the gorgeous surroundings.
I have bird seed scattered throughout my yard and it draws in all kinds of birds. I'm loving the crows who are beginning to visit regularly.
It was a sweltering hot day in the city yesterday as temps reached 100 F degrees (37.7 C). I waited until after seven o'clock in the evening to get out with my camera. The sun was low in the sky giving some reprieve from melting, but did nothing to bring clarity to the photos. Nonetheless, it was a lovely time!
The babies enjoyed crawling beneath mom when they got a chance. One time, all three had crawled beneath where she was sitting.
Mom watches over her little ones and doesn't let them come to shore unless she's certain it's safe.
It was cooler today; a relief from the much too hot weather of late. The skies were gray-white, so the lighting wasn't optimal for photography, but the wildlife was precious! This was my first time seeing almost newborn Avocets. There were also some young Avocets learning to fly who were all quite vocal as you'll see in the photos below. What a lovely time.
Below were baby Avocets just learning to fly. The would land within five or six feet of my dog and me and talk up a storm! They were adorable to watch. They wouldn't fly far but sure seemed to enjoy their new found talent.