I Had to share this beautiful rosebud taken after the rain this weekend. Here in Arkansas the temps have cooled down and we had a much-needed rainy weekend. This beautiful pink rosebud caught my eye. I love the way the camera catches the water droplets on the leaf and the way the water runs down the stem of the rose.
Wildlife photography is my passion. I get so caught up in the moment of seeing an amazing animal and capturing at least just one amazing photo. It is what I love, live and dream about. That perfect shot!
I got the opportunity to mark off another amazing item from my bucket list this week. Photographing a black bear. Here in Arkansas you might see a bear, but seeing one is rare and very exciting if given the opportunity.
Arkansas, once know as the bear state, is loved by black bear due to its mountains which are rugged terrain, covered in trees, and abundant with water sources. Black bear were almost extinct in the natural state in the 1930’s with only 50 bear. Now, there are thousands and the numbers keep climbing.
I recently got the opportunity to capture some amazing shots of this young male black bear. This is a young bear recently pushed away by it’s mother just looking for food. He was very brave and didn’t seem to mind posing for me.
I hope you enjoyed the shots of this beautiful little male bear. If you would like to learn more about Black Bear in Arkansas, this article from Only In Arkansas called Bears in Arkansas is an interesting read and gives some great links to read more about Arkansas Black Bears.
The weather here in Arkansas has been quite cooler in the last few weeks due to overcast rainy skies. It has been great weather to take long walks and just get out and enjoy the great outdoors with my camera in tow. During my long afternoon walks a big white bodied winged bird has caught my eye lately soaring over the pastures and ponds.
This snowy white bird know as the Great Egret, is the symbol of the National Audubon Society. I hope you enjoy these few photos that I was able to capture and just had to share.
I watched as three glided in on snowy white wings, landing in a big tree nearby. The birds put on a show landing and leaving the tree to go to the pond nearby. There were three, two adults and a juvenile. I watched as they landed in the tree and then flew to the pond feeding on fish, frogs, and anything else that they could catch.
The Great Egret is common in south Arkansas and may be seen in northern parts of Arkansas during the late summer before heading to their wintering grounds.
Nearly hunted to extinction in the late nineteenth century for their beautiful white feathers for ladies hats, they are now making a come back. Audubon was founded for protecting birds from being killed for their feathers.
This juvenile Little Blue Heron was flying low over the pond searching for a place to land to get its next meal. This is a smaller bird and will change color when it is mature.
I was spotted by the birds before I could get good photos while they were in the pond feeding. So maybe next time…
Last weekend I got the privilege to take a little trip down south to Casscoe, Arkansas and visit the Potlatch Conservation Education Center at Cook’s Lake with a couple of wonderful ladies. We had such a wonderful time and seen something that I had no idea the Game and Fish actually do…. Band Hummingbirds. It was such an amazing experience that I had to share.
Banding of hummingbirds gives us information about their migration, how long they can survive, if they visit the same feeders each year and many other useful information.
The birds are carefully captured from cages. Feeders are placed in and around the cages to entice the birds inside.
In the top picture you can see the recently captured hummingbird in the net.
The birds are taken out and handle very carefully with panty hose. The bander handles the bird very carefully not to hurt the bird. They are very delicate, weighing just a little more than a penny, and can be crushed very easily.
Here she is examining the bird and getting the leg ready to be banded. The band is very tiny and contains letters and numbers for identification.
The band is being placed on the leg.
You can see the tiny leg being banded in the top photo.
What a tiny little band.
Then the little bird is examined and the information is documented for sex, weight, size, age, and overall condition.
After this process is complete the hummingbird is turned back into the wild.
Usually the hummingbird sets in a hand for only and instant and away it goes.
As you can see in the photo above, this little bird has a band on its right leg.
While being in this beautiful region of Arkansas farm country, I was able to take a few photos of the beautiful Cypress trees on Cook’s Lake.
I even got a wonderful shot of a wild hen Turkey which probably had a nest nearby.
I was also able to get a quick shot of a Green Heron that was flying by which is the smallest of the Heron family. The Green Heron is one of a few birds that uses bait to catch their food. They use insects, worms and even pieces of bread to drop on the surface of the water. They grab the fish that are attracted to the bait.