Twenty Minutes of Wildlife
On Labor Day, I stepped outside about 5 PM, to feed the sheep before heading to a concert at a local winery. In a late-flowering boneset plant, I noticed a large dark shape that I thought was a bird. It turned out to be a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly.
As I was taking pictures of the butterfly, I noticed over its “shoulder,” an unusual bird perched on a fallen tree out in the pond.
Anhingas have only showed up here twice, in June of 2012, and April of 2013, so I switched to photographing it…
…and while I did, I noticed a snake in the water! I rarely see snakes swimming, so I switched to it…
(That picture didn’t come out too well, so let me show you the same snake from a picture I got back in April.)
And then I saw this juvenile Little Blue Heron in the background!
Juvenile Snowy Egrets look a lot like juvenile Little Blue Herons, but I don’t think we’ve ever had a Snowy here, and this bird kept its neck stretched out forward most of the time, so I am going with Little Blue on this one. If you think I have mis-identified it, please let me know!
This is why I take my camera with me just about every time I go outdoors — you never know who is going to show up for a photo op!