I’m fascinated by critters of all kinds. I’m always trying to capture photos of them….
So welcome to “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom”!
One evening, while visiting with the gatekeeper of the local nature center, one of her little friends came by looking for a handout. He was just quivering with excitement.
At the pond, during a hike I saw a mound of grass, moving along at a pace I thought a bit suspect. For grass anyway.
Hiding along the shore, I discovered that the mound of grass was a muskrat looking for soft grasses to make a bed, probably for baby muskrats.
This bunny visits my house regularly, despite the fact that I live in the city. He seems unconcerned by the traffic that passes by or by the neighbor’s dogs.
For The Birds
There’s all sorts of wildlife at my mother’s house in the country. We have a rafter of turkeys (that’s another name for a flock) that stops by the birdfeeder regularly for leftover sunflower seeds. They seem to have excellent eyesight and very good hearing because I have a difficult time getting close enough for a good shot. In the summer we have 13-15 of them including babies, in the winter we may get as many as 30.
On a visit to Mom’s house this spring I noticed this cardinal being unusually bold. Cardinals are normally pretty shy.
The front door decoration seems to have a present inside.
A mere week and a half later, this little one glares at me before taking that first leap into space.
Speaking of water fowl…
Even the birds enjoy a day at the beach!
The bold goldfinches will keep on eating until I’m just a few yards away.
It’s A Bug’s Life
A mama spider giving the babies a lift over rough terrain.
Some days the bees are flighty, other days they will sit and pose for the camera.
Getting butterflies to pose is difficult at best. I got lucky with this Wood Nymph Butterfly. Isn’t that a great name for any critter, especially a butterfly?
Often, my butterfly photos come out blurry. I often delete the bad pictures but decided to keep this one, the colors are beautiful and I’m rarely able to capture a shot with their wings open.
Unlike Marlin Perkins, I’ll never wrestle a boa constrictor or capture a crocodile; I will just take notice of the wildlife in my little corner of the world. Since I’ve devoted this posting to all things furry, fuzzy and flying, I think I’ll pay a visit to Camera Critters and look at what other wildlife I can see.
If you want a clearer view, just click on the pictures.