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Life at Boomer Lake With Deb, Sunday July 22, 2012

Updated on November 27, 2012
Mallards | Source

The weather is still hot, and Mother Nature teased us with a bit of moisture, but it was just that, three teases. For the most part, birds have been generally lying low, trying to conserve energy. Many of them were observed in the northern wild marshlands, away from the main flow. However, they were in stunning areas with very little light, which was a bit of a challenge here and there. My experimentation with darker lighting paid off, so I hope I have brought you some interesting shots.

Dragonfly | Source
Dragonfly | Source

I got a few beautiful shots of dragonflies, and some of you have asked for more of these beauties, so luckily the opportunity presented itself. I aim to please, so I hope that this meets with your approval. I never saw the green one before, so I was pretty impressed with that one. To me, its coloring looks emerald, which reminds me of cooler times, and they will be upon us soon enough.

Mallards in First Light
Mallards in First Light | Source

The Mallards have also been trying to retain their energy in the fair reaches of the dankness of Goose Island, as well as around the reeds and rushes. It seems to me, that it was actually better for me photographically, too, especially around first light. It seems to provide a beautiful, warm glow.

Killdeer | Source
Killdeer Offspring
Killdeer Offspring | Source

Some of the Killdeer were out with their young. This mother or father was out with his/her two, who were trying their best to explore the shoreline. He or she was attempting to be as protective as possible while the young ones looked around. Since the water has been receding, it has been possible for me to travel the shoreline and look for surprises, too.

Eurasian Collared Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove | Source

This young Eurasian Collared Dove was also out with a parent. The first clutches of the season are close to adulthood now, but they still hold some resemblances to extreme youth. I thought that you’d like to see a young one for yourself. When they are babies, they have a dark yellow down, but I haven’t been lucky enough to see any of them this year.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird | Source

This Eastern Kingbird was attempting to get a bit of a respite from the heat when I captured this shot. To me, these are rather regal looking birds. As you know, we are fortunate enough to host both the Eastern and Western Kingbirds in Oklahoma.

Female Red-Winged Blackbird
Female Red-Winged Blackbird | Source

This female Red-Winged Blackbird cast herself as a star in this photo, I think. The first light painted her beautiful shades of brown, and just seemed to meld with the wonderful morning light, giving her more of a malted milk casting.

Great Egret Fishing
Great Egret Fishing | Source
Great Egret
Great Egret | Source

The Great Egret was one of the birds that I captured in the Northern Reaches on a fishing expedition. I have also seen them roosting in trees, and napping in the heat of day under the extreme vegetation. My friend, Jeannie, whom I saw this morning, said that she has seen groups of ten or so of these birds roosting out there. With any luck, I can get a few interesting shots of the entire group.

Great Blue Heron wandering about on land?
Great Blue Heron wandering about on land? | Source

This Great Blue Heron wanted to stay on land this morning, in the company of Canada Geese and Killdeer. They normally don’t stay on land very long, much preferring the safety and quiet solitude in the water just off the reeds. This could have been the one that stayed in Mockingbird Tree for three days, which wouldn’t surprise me.

Green Heron in Tree
Green Heron in Tree | Source
Green Heron
Green Heron | Source
Green Heron
Green Heron | Source

The Green Heron made another appearance this week, and luckily, it didn't see me this time, so I got some wonderful shots. This bird was in Red-Winged Blackbird Tree, and you can bet that they weren't happy about this intruder being in their space. He moved from there shortly thereafter, and stayed in a small cove near there for a short time.

Well, dear readers, all the advice that I can give you this week is to stay as cool as possible, drink plenty of water, and conserve your energy as much as you can in this extreme heat that is affecting the entire US. Keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding, and I am looking forward to talking to you again next week.

Mockingbird Mantling
Mockingbird Mantling | Source
I got this spiderweb just right in the light.
I got this spiderweb just right in the light. | Source


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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I sure will, Johan. There's always something to show everybody at the lake!

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      Johan Smulders 

      6 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Another great article. Not only are your photos good and interresting you writing is beautiful, keep it up!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      No, not really, highland terrier. I have a tripod, and some of these birds are never too far away.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, sallieann. He is the friendly green heron, out of the two. It was the same one that came up to me about a month or so ago while I was photographing a female Red-Winged Blackbird and croaked so I'd notice and photograph him, too. Some of these birds are really amusing.

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      highland terrier 

      6 years ago

      Fantastic once again. You must be able to keep very still.

      Thank you

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      6 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Beautiful photos, once again! I have never seen a Green Heron! He's beautiful!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad that you liked it, Pamela-Anne.

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      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Love your pics of all the lovely insects and birds thanks for the great info on them too; I will take your advice and try and stay cool take care.


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