Thursday, August 7, 2014

Egrets In The Field

This swampy wetland is what the flooded cornfields look like now. It's a paradise for creatures like these egrets. There is shallow water like this spread out everywhere the flood happened. I keep seeing about half a dozen of these birds in this place, but up till now I've only been able to get pictures of these two. They keep flying away whenever I get close enough for pictures.

The white bird appears to be a Great Egret, which is what my new bird guide tells me. My bird guide seems to tell me that the dark one is a Little Blue Heron, but it also says they don't live in my area, so I'm not really sure what it is. I've seen it several times now hanging out with all the Great Egrets.

Maybe that dark one is a Great Blue Heron. The size would match up better because these two birds are roughly the same size, and the Great Egret is a much larger bird than a Little Blue Heron, but it's about the same size as a Great Blue Heron. The only problem is the beak of this bird appears to be dark and a great blue heron's beak is light. Maybe I'll know more with some better pictures.

I took these pictures about a week ago. I haven't posted them until now because I've had to write the post a little at a time. I just can't really focus my mind on writing anything lately. This has been a bit of a problem for me for the past year really. I don't know why I'm having such trouble.

At times I've thought maybe I had lost a little bit of interest in my subjects and maybe even in the blog, but I was really excited to get these pictures posted. I had so much to say about them. I've felt that way about a lot of my posts. But when it came time to actually write the posts my thoughts would just vanish.

So recently I've tried a few new things to help myself. I bought a couple of field guides to give myself a few ideas. The bird guide I bought is a Windows 8 app called iBird. I love that one. It takes me right to the bird I'm looking for. I also bought a plant one that is an ebook. I don't like that one as much. It confuses me as much as any other field guide I've had. It just seems like a random listing of plants and wildflowers. How can I find anything with that?

I'll keep looking for other field guides that might be more helpful. I think I'll have to visit the book store for a few of them. I've never had luck with any of them before, which is why I mostly rely on the internet to find the identity of plants and animals. I've just found normal field guides too difficult to use up till now. Maybe I'm doing it wrong.

I like the way iBird works. It's kind of interactive. It lets me choose specific features of the bird I'm looking at, like the color and size of the bird, and then it shows me just the birds that match the combined list of features I check off.

Okay, I think that's enough for this post. It's kind of long for a post I had trouble writing. It began to get quite a bit easier toward the end. Maybe my next post will come easier and quicker. I hope so. Working with the field guides has helped. After it quits raining every day I have a few new places to visit. That should help as well. I'll talk to you later.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Geese In The Water

I've been having a little trouble coming up with things to say in a post, which is why I'm not posting quite as often as I'd like again. So I thought I'd just share this picture of geese in the water from the same little adventure I talked about in my last post. I meant to show it sooner. I could watch geese swim for hours, and I have. I'll talk to you next time.