Wild Kingdom

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”!

Four-Footed Critters

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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On a visit to Mom’s house this spring I noticed this cardinal being unusually bold. Cardinals are normally pretty shy.

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The front door decoration seems to have a present inside.

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A mere week and a half later, this little one glares at me before taking that first leap into space.

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Speaking of water fowl…

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Even the birds enjoy a day at the beach!

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The bold goldfinches will keep on eating until I’m just a few yards away.

It’s A Bug’s Life

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A mama spider giving the babies a lift over rough terrain.

 

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Some days the bees are flighty,  other days they will sit and pose for the camera.

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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?

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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.

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About Jill-O

a girl who likes lakes, trees and critters; making an attempt at living the artistic life.
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3 Responses to Wild Kingdom

  1. Nancy Bond says:

    That’s quite a menagerie! 🙂 Great photos.

  2. Sue says:

    I remember that show! It’s not still on, is it? Well, I enjoyed your version. Great photos!

  3. Teresa says:

    Great pictures and great animals. You certainly get a lot of creatures around your house. what fun!

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