To describe my lifelong fascination with flight and with creatures that fly I like to echo the words of John James Audubon who in 1839 wrote of himself as "...one who never can cease to admire and to study with zeal and the most heartfelt reverence, the wonderful productions of an Almighty Creator."
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
This Red-breasted Nuthatch was a little concerned about my presence so close to his food supply today, but he's determined not to let the chickadees get all the sunflower seeds. He's carrying them away one-by-one, as fast as he can, to hide them in secret nooks and crannies. Some of them I'll probably find sprouting there next spring.
Monday, October 24, 2005
The Winter Wren can be found in many countries around the world in the northern hemisphere, but that does not mean it's easy to find. This one found me a few days ago when I invaded its domain in a dark, damp brushy forest, reminding me again about the appropriateness of its scientific name: Troglodytes troglodytes.
Friday, October 21, 2005
Common Four Ring
Monday, October 17, 2005
This Common Kingfisher (all six inches of him) was a bright highlight of a boat ride along a canal near Colombo, Sri Lanka. Not only did he allow us to approach within about 8 ft., but he then plunged into the green water and came up with a wiggling 1-inch fish in his bill, and sat on his perch to bask in our admiration.
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
Indian Flying Fox
I returned today from my trip to India and Sri Lanka. I did not find my target species, the Hoopoe, but I was quite impressed by the colonies of a very large fruit-eating bat, the Indian Flying Fox. I estimated the wingspan of this one at about 3 ft., and it was not the largest that I saw. In Colombo a "camp" of about 50 of these bats was roosting in trees at eye-level from my room window in the Hilton Hotel.