Monday, July 13, 2009

A Quiet Sunday Morning

I decided to sneak out to the refuge and see what was around. Being mid-summer it was pretty quiet and allowed me to just sit and watch for a while. The Barn Swallows were busy cruising over the marsh and some young birds were apparent. This beautiful bird didn't mind me at all.

Preening Barn Swallow from Roger Everhart on Vimeo.

I grabbed a short video of the bird ignoring me and taking care of his morning routine.

I also found this Eastern Wood Peewee hawking insects just above the trail.

Insects become more of a focus when there aren't many birds around and this very cooperative male Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly was a nice find.


dAwN said...

Great shots and video is excellent!

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Allen Chartier said...

Your dragonfly is actually a male Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis). Male Blue Dashers have a black-tipped abdomen and the sides of the thorax have black and yellow stripes, unlike this individual which is essentially blue all over, perfect for the pondhawk.