Sunday, March 29, 2009

Wildlife Galore

Took a drive to Crystal Springs in Fairbury. We saw a lot of different birds and wildlife while there and along the way.

On the way we saw a coyote running across the field. I didn't notice until I got home and was looking at the pictures that there is also a Kildeer in the field.

Larry spotted this owl in the trees on our way back home. I don't know how he was able to see it. It blended in really well with the trees. I couldn't get too close so the picture is really bad quality but I had to post it anyway. It's the first owl I've ever seen in the wild. We're pretty sure this is a Eastern Screech Owl.

Three whitetale deer running across the road.

This goose was trying to attach the truck while we were stopped in the park. Very aggresive!

Looks like "wifey" mallard is chewing out "hubby" mallard and like some males, he's not listening. ;0)

Lesser Yellowlegs. I was really suprised to see this bird here. I thought they were more in the central part of the state. My book does show that they migrate through then entire state of Nebraska.

Just your typical Canadian goose.

A Great Blue Heron. I spotted two of them today at the same park.

We couldn't figure out what these were when we drove into the park. There were a bunch of them just standing on some tree stumps sticking out of the water. I got out to walk closer and of course they started to take off. We looked in the bird book when we got home and found that these are called Double-Crested Cormorant. They stand on the stumps facing the sun with their wings spread to dry out. They migrate through this part of the state.

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Saw this guy rambling along through the tall grass. Then it took off into the sunset.

Car Show

Some shots form a car show at the Qwest Center in Omaha. It was really hard with all the shine and bright lights to take pictures in this facility. I think they turned out okay though. We were suprised that there were not very many mopars.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


We went down the the Zebra farm again to see if we could get in to see the swan. As long as the gate is open the owners allow you to come on to their property and walk around. Not only can you see the swan, but there are Zebra, Elk and Buffalo. One of the Elk even let me pet it! There's one even "smiling" for the camera.
The swan is a resident but I'm sure they would have to house it somewhere in the winter. It's a beautiful bird and I think it was showing off for the camera once it got used to me standing there.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Strange friends

Our friends are some of the nicest people around and have a really good time. However, they do some very strange things sometimes. Somehow a bra appeared (I assume from one of the Ladies Night participants (see other post)) and they came up with all sorts of different ways to wear it.

Ladies Night

Every year for the past several, there has been a fundraiser put on for the American Cancer Society at one of the local bars in town. Bud Light Ladies Night. It is a scotch doubles pool tournament and as you can tell it is women only. I use the term women very lightly. ;0)

The men are required to dress as women for the event and there are some that look pretty good and some not so good. They all looked like they had a great time and the only complaints I heard were how uncomfortable the pantyhose were. Oh, the sufferings of a woman. ;0)

Eagles again

Our State bird--Western Meadowlark

Ringnecked Ducks--not native to Nebraska, just migrating through.

Two adult eagles. One atop each evergreen tree.

Went to check on a swan that had been spotted at the Zebra farm pond which is not far from the Llama farm. No luck with the swan but we did see a Bald Eagle. I was able to get a few good shots before it flew off. We drove around the section then spotted it sitting atop an evergreen tree. I took a couple pictures then notice there was another one sitting in the tree next to it.
Unfortunatley the sun was not cooperating at the time so the pictures have a grey look to them. I went back about an hour later when the sun finally came out but they had moved on.

Also saw some Ringnecked ducks and a Medowlark. I'm not sure why the ducks are called Ringnecked when they are identified by the white rings on their bill. They are also not native to Nebraska, only passing through.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Tom E. Kat with the 10-22

My first picture with the 10-22mm. Makes him look funny. I hope we go to Colorado or somewhere with some scenery this year. I can't wait to take some landscape shots with this lens.


My reflectors came in the mail today so I did a little experimenting. I saw a YouTube video how to do this. It is geared more for using a close-up/macro lens or extension tubes. I don't have either of those so I just used my 85 mm. F/16. The reflector is off to one side. I posted one of how to set it up. Use sparkling water, orange or lemon slice and contrasting background. The video showed a square vase. I used what I had but I think the square one would work better. I'll be shopping around for one. ;0)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Duck, Duck, Goose--Desoto Wildlife Refuge

These are mallards, male and female.

A mixtue of ducks and geese.

Take off---the ones with the white faces are Greater White-Fronted Geese. The ones with the black heads are Canadian Geese.

From what I could find in my bird book, these appear to be Green-Winged Teal ducks.

This was the best Eagle shot I could get today.

Isn't he cute?? This black squirrel was our greeter at Linda's house.

HA! gotcha back. I knew you were up to something back there. Nice picture of our butts!!!!

Went to Desoto Wildlife Refuge in Iowa today with Kris and her friend Linda. What a wonderful day we had today. They have a really neat museum there that tells about the Steamboat Bertrand that sank in 1865. It is full of artifacts that were recovered from the boat.

We were on the hunt for Bald Eagles and saw some but they were way up high and out of range for any decent shots. We did, however, see tons of ducks and geese.