June 12, 2012

A mated pair of Cinnamon Teal.  The drake is busy feeding as he went with his bill skimming the water like this for several yards.  I'm not sure what delicacies lie beneath nor do I want to know.  I'm just happy the lake is hospitable to him.  This is Dog Lake, about 25 miles West of Lakeview, OR and where all of the ensuing photos come from.


I don't think these are the flowering versions of the ones I saw in Lassen  I should know what these are.  They are everywhere so they must be common to this area.


A Killdeer in an apparent wounded state.  This particular bird protects it's nest by luring predators away.  It does this while feigning injury and squawking like it really is hurt.  This is a big necessity for this bird as it lays it eggs on the ground as shown in a subsequent photo.  Without this feigning an injury, their nest would most likely be found.


MOTS


What a normal bird looks like while it's partner feigns an injury.


The Killdeer nest.  They usually lay four eggs so I suspect they are not finished with their business yet.  Notice how well camouflaged the eggs and nest are.  Knowing that the Killdeers were trying to lure me away, set me about finding their nest in order to avoid stepping on it (and to photograph it).


This is a "Where's Waldo (the toad) photo.  I would of never seen this critter but it hopped out of my way, giving itself up.  In the process of photographing it, I let my eye off of it several times, each time taking a huge effort to relocate it even though it hadn't moved.


The "Toad" from the above center of the photo.  So many other objects look almost like it.


I hope you're not tired of Ospreys yet.  I really enjoy shooting this bird.  Their flight is relatively slow and they often hover in mid-air while trying to spot their next heart healthy meal.  Be thankful I am not posting the 100 plus shots I made on this day.  Only the best of the best for my friends. ;=)

In Geometry class, we were taught to use a French Curve to duplicate complex angles.  This bird does it without the benefit of even knowing Geometry.


A rare top side view as it is banking to attack me.


What is any outing without a Futterbly or two?


Not very pretty but still photo worthy.


I watched one of these being grabbed by a Yellow Headed Black Bird.  Brutal attack.  The predator being eaten by a bigger predator.  It looks like this one could use a tiny bit of hole repair tape for it's wing.
 

Pretty much a common Sparrow in an uncommon setting, wading like a shore bird.


"Of all the things I could of eaten today, I had to eat that crawdad, burp."  This is a Dog Lake Gu11.  Probably the same as a Sea Gull but since he was at this lake, I renamed him a Dog Lake Gu11.  Notice the spelling.  It's an old Navy joke, "There goes a G U 11!"  The joke is the newbie asks what kind of plane is a G U 11?  put the letters together and it spells GU11 aka Gull.  The other saying is "There goes a B 1 R D."  No, that is not a plane either, just a B1RD  aka bird.  Since everything in the military is acronyms and numbers, it is easy to fool the newbies. This bird looks more like a drone to me.  The pilotless kind.  The kind used for spying.  This one is designed to look mostly like a gull just to fool the public.


I asked a guy launching his boat if he knew what kind of bird had a yellow head and a black body.  His answer was, "Well, there are so many variety's of black birds, it's probably a Yellow Headed Black Bird."  That was not very convincing so I looked it up.  Yep, It's a Yellow Headed Black Bird.  Who would have thought?  The strange thing is the song of this bird is not at all like the normal Black Bird and it is slightly larger.  Why it is even called a Black Bird is a mystery to me.  Probably one of those things like if it is a creek, it has to be named after a bear or deer.


Another view while in flight


A Ruddy Duck being Ruddy.  Their bill is blue during mating season as for some reason the females must think it is sexy.  I give this one a "Best of Show" as everything is just peachy, especially with the colorful reflection.


Funny story, an Oregan Park Ranger told me about "Dog Lake" and how to get there and as additional enticement he told me, "There is a big white bird there with a long neck, probably a Swan."  So the Ranger says this is a Swan, who am I to question authority?  It is white and it does have a long neck.  I figure it's too ugly to be a Swan, though.


Same as the one at Lassen.  I still don't have an identification for it.  Now known to be a Spotted Sandpiper.  Thanks to Suzanne for getting this one.


I saw movement on the opposite shore of the lake.  I thought bear at first then looked at it through my 400mm lens.  My reach out and touch somebody lens, my take a photograph of a coyote a good 300 yards away, lens.  I want that tail for hanging from my car radio antenna.


 

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