Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Finding Our Bird

Monitoring the Opsrey nests for the past two months has been another learning experience for me and I continue to learn.  For instance, remember I told you about the second nest I found having a dead adult in the nest?  Well, my more recent photos revealed that our dead bird was suddenly gone making things even more of a mystery for the woman in charge of the Osprey project.  Attempts were made to contact the owners hoping to remove the bird and perform a necropsy.  However, those attempts were unsuccessful.

So, thinking that if I could find out what happened to the bird, it would help, and since I seem to have an "Inspector Clouseau/Watson" persona, I told the woman in charge of the Osprey project that I'd go exploring.  I was convinced that nothing carried our dead bird away but rather that it was blown off the top of the tower along with nesting material.  

Locating a dirt road that seemed to run toward the cell tower and about 1/2 mile in, I spotted the overgrown field to the left where the tower was located.  Being tick-proofed and prepared for the walk in was half the battle although I had brought things with me in case I needed to handle the carcass as well.

I couldn't get past the chain-link fencing surrounding the tower itself, yet was able to walk the perimeter and scrutinize the underbrush and surrounding conifers.  I did come across several feathers that I believed to be Osprey and it wasn't long after that when I got to the North side of the tower and looked up.  There was our bird.  It was on the second level of the tower, feathers visible through the grating.  

"At least we know what happened to it," is how "M" and I ended our conversation.  


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Finding Our Bird


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Monday, September 23, 2019

The Actress

Trimming Katniss' nails ever since she was a kitten hasn't been too difficult until recently.  For whatever reason, she has been giving me a rough time and since I get no help from the Pres for the task, I made an appointment with my Vet tech. 

Dreading the visit to the Vet Tuesday to get her nails done would be another fun trip especially since she doesn't care for riding in the car either.  For whatever reason as soon as the car is in motion, she meows and meows until I come to a stop or put the car in park.  Thinking that she would be nasty to the tech, I gave Sarah ample warning and suggested that I hold Katniss by the scruff of the neck.  She agreed and began clipping. However, to my surprise, Katniss was on her best behavior...didn't fuss, didn't squirm...nothing...just sat there letting Sarah trim away.  Making a complete liar out of me, my little "rodent" could have won an Oscar for her performance!!


When we got home, I let her out of her carrier and she immediately ran downstairs to get a few nibbles of her cat food, came back upstairs, went into her "screen room," curled up and was out like a light. 

Little did I know that getting your nails done was so exhausting!  Personally I think it was the acting that pooped her out!

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The Actress

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Starting Over

Attending the first class of the Beginner Photography Class last week was "eye opening."  First I have to say that there's a lot to know about operating a camera and taking photos when you are NOT in "Auto" mode!!

The next thing I'll tell you is that I'm in trouble already.  Some of my fellow classmates are presently in jobs where photography is a must and already understand the meaning of aperture mode versus Shutter Speed mode and things like determining focal distance, knowing the difference between "blur" and "out of focus", depth of field, etc.  My mind is still spinning and although I'm looking forward to the next class, I'm determined to try!!

The day after class, I went out in the yard and set up the tripod to practice "panning" while watching the birds at the feeder.  As I sat moving the camera, trying to keep up with the motion of the erratic flight pattern of various birds, a bunch of Nuthatches came in.  And since I LOVE Nuthatches, I forgot about all the things our instructor mentioned (for the most part) and just enjoyed the birds.






However, I had heard the words of the instructor saying to use "Shutter" Mode and look...I got a bird in flight WITH WINGS!!! 



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Starting Over
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