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Life at Boomer Lake With Deb, Sunday August 12, 2012

Updated on December 6, 2012
Double-Crested Cormorant
Double-Crested Cormorant | Source

Two for the Price of One

This was a week where the Great Blue Heron and the Great Egret wanted to be seen. They were all out fishing when I was also wandering about, which was something that I considered in my best interests. Only once during the week I saw a lone Double-Crested Cormorant, which leads me to believe that some have already begun migration, since I haven’t observed the cormorant since June. Birds seemed to arrive where they usually go about two weeks earlier, so it is very possible that they could also be leaving their summer residences two weeks earlier. Time will only tell more.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Ruby Throated Hummingbird | Source

A Hummingbird in My Midst

I captured another photo of a Ruby Throated Hummingbird, but while they are in flight, it is a but tougher to get a good photo. These coral honeysuckle are in the late fall of their lives, so they won’t be of any use too much longer. They seem to be doing better on the northernmost side of the lake where they are closer to water, where it is denser, as well as darker. Perhaps next week, I can move my operations out there again and see if I can get any better shots of other species that I have only heard and not seen. Wish me luck!

A Still Young Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher
A Still Young Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher | Source

The Scissor-Tailed Flycatchers Are Getting Older

Mother Nature has still been teasing Oklahoma with very little precipitation. We had a couple of very small cloudbursts, but many of the trees are dropping their leaves and going into their twilight cycle. I’ll have to look into it, but it looks like it is a survival mode in this high heat of summer.

One of the youthful Scissor-Tailed Flycatchers paid a nice visit and let me get a few shots. It is easy to tell the age of the young ones if you observe the length of the tail and the very light orange on the lower belly. The state bird is migratory, so they will be leaving for the cold weather and wintering in the southerly regions.

Great Blue heron(lower) with Great Egret(upper)
Great Blue heron(lower) with Great Egret(upper) | Source

Two for the Price of One

The Great Blue Heron and the Great Egret happened to be together when I saw them earlier in the week, which is not a rare thing, to my understanding. They will mingle from time-to-time, and even fish together, which I have seen more than once.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source
Great Egret
Great Egret | Source

Both birds were captured in a few interesting poses as well, so this should give you, dear readers, a few chuckles, as you see these photos. Some of these look like these birds are actually grinning and enjoying themselves. Perhaps they were amused by my presence.

And Then...

Here’s a few other photos that I think you might like, so I thought that I would include them, too. I do so like how the light happens to hit subjects in early morning and gives them that warm glow. Enjoy!

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source
Great Egret Stretches
Great Egret Stretches | Source
Close to the end of the light of day...
Close to the end of the light of day... | Source

And so I bid you goodbye at the end of this wonderful week. The days have been bright and beautiful, with some of the finest pictures of some of the week's most common birds. Remember to keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding, until next week!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      No, precy anza, there are no feeders, but there is so much good habitat and natural food and shelter. Can't get any better than that. Glad that you like the pics.

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      precy anza 5 years ago from USA

      Lol. And those two are somehow funny, made me giggled :D Or it could be my imagination working while looking at the photo. And I just saw another hummer photo. So they just rely on Mother Nature? No feeders in there? Those feathers are beautiful while that Egret stretches :)

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Oh, yes, Connie, the birds really love it here. Can't wait to see what comes around in the fall!

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Your birds certainly seem to be enjoying themselves--such a great place to observe wildlife. I love your photos as always. Great job! Voted Up, beautiful and interesting.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I will be having new migrants passing through. Since this is my first fall migration, I cannot wait to see what is in store for me. Spring was certainly very worthwhile, Johan.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Grace, it can be such a hoot. Whatever happened to how you were going to post in a forum regarding the HubPages Birdwatcher's Club?

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Nettlemere, I know how frustrating it is firsthand to hear new birds, yet not be able to see them. There's also that elusive shot that won't focus, either.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jackie! Thanks for the encouragement. I have been having such a great time out and about with nature. If you're ever in this neck of the woods, give me a shout, and I will personally take you to my haunts on Boomer Lake.

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      Johan Smulders 5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Another great article as you say goodbye to the migrants and we say hello here in the south.Lovely photos.

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      graceomalley 5 years ago

      Those stilts-for-legs are just great.

      Birds of different species collaborating on something is so interesting.

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Fab photos and interesting commentary as always. I chuckled at your mention of species you have only heard and not seen.. I often wish the woodland birds would have the decency to hop onto a prominent branch so I could see what the heck they are!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Some great shots! You have a gift and I love it, that blue heron one is sooo good; voting up as always!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Ha, ha, mhatter! I'm getting better, but not where I want to be yet.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Great pics! Come on. Admit it.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Klara! I have missed you! Yes, I am looking forward to seeing your hub on the pigeon family!

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      klarawieck 5 years ago

      The blue heron and egret are good friends, Deb. We see them hanging out together as far as South Florida too.

      On my end, I have great news! The baby pigeons hatched and Mama and Papa pigeon are taking turns watching and feeding the babies. I have been filming them so I'll make a hub once they're a little bigger.

      As usual, you continue to amaze your readers with wonderful photos and beautiful narration.

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      Jeannie Dibble 5 years ago

      Love this Hub, as usual your writing brings me along side of you while you photograph your daily adventures at Boomer...

      My favorite is the Great Egret stretch...that wing is just beautiful...