20150712 Dexter, Bittern, Bugs, Birdies & Smoke

We enjoyed a very short but pleasant visit with L and her friend Dexter.  Dexter entertained us with his prowess fetching his ball from the Inlet at St Amants:

Outbound:

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Inbound:

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Soft mouth (until arrival on land, where the ball gets “massaged”).

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“My ball”.

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A while later we saw an American Bittern hunting along the shore.   I missed getting a picture of it catching a dragonfly out of the air.

Classic “tall” pose.

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Hunting ….

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Posing…

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Swallowing.  It was  eating some little black spheres, size of a pea, that it found in the water.

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Stalking with outstretched (very long!!) foot.

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Stretching a wing

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That was a nice opportunity to watch the birdie in action.

Then on to the milkweed patch …

Bumble Bees were active

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As were the Monarchs.

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Great spangled fritillary

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I photographed this birdie at the top of a dead jackpine, against the sun.    Long ways away and difficult exposure.  My only shot before it flew away.  I have never seen such a birdie before.  Perhaps it is a Black-throated Green Warbler?

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Similar difficult shooting situation.  At first I though it was one of the family of Broad Winged Hawks in the area.

But then I noticed the tail.  It might be a Juvenile Red Shouldered Hawk, but I think not.

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8:58 PM EDT, Big Lake:

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A nice day, topped by my niece’s visit.

UT

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