Friday, February 5, 2010

Bona Dea Update

Bona Dea was cloudy and windy today. It had rained the past 48 hours. The spillway was really running. The Great Blue Heron soul mate was there trying to find dinner. He flew off a few feet but some time later he flew back close to me to wait me out before resuming his hunt for fish. Photo. Also just a note to say that this picture of Mr. and Mrs. Snowman just married at the park was published in the local newspaper. Wow!!! I am getting famous. I actually sent them the photo as they requested such from folks in the area. I did not see any Turkey Vulchers when I first arrived and that was unusual. But later on they came in droves flying over their late afternoon roosting spot but never landed. Just kept flying. Mallard and Teal ducks flew over to Black Water Swamp from Prarie Creek where they like to go during the day and fly to the swamp to spend the night. I may not get to go to the park tomorrow but will post something about nuisance birds in this area in that spot. I have also posted some new links to this blog at the right showing what Arkansas the natural state has to offer. Also some links that might help in identifying and describing the wildlife.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Is this your debut as a photojournalist? :) They should also publish your wildlife photos. Some people don't even notice the flora and fauna around where they live. Your photos can stimulate that awareness and appreciation.

Oh, and nice heron shot. We call 'em egrets here. Or are they different species?

John said...

Thanks for you comment. Yes, the Egrets and Herons are a different species. But they both are what they call wading birds. The Great Blue Heron is one of the largest wading birds. This spring there will be some egrets all white in color come in. I hope to get a shot of one. If you click on the All about birds link at the right and choose browse. You will see the outline shape of different birds. Just click on the one that looks like the egrets and herons and you will see a whole list of photos of the egrets and herons.

Anonymous said...

Checked out the All About Birds link. Great site! Love the bird photos and the descriptions are short but informative.

Also checked out Herps of Arkansas site. Never imagined your state has such ecological diversity that I only associated with, say, the Everglades in FL.

Thanks for sharing! :)