We get a lot of wild birds on the Museum property and sometimes they are just as much fun to watch as the animals we have on exhibit. For example, while walking the Outdoor Trail, I'll happen upon a wild great blue heron as it wades around the pond looking for fish or frogs to spear with its long beak:
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Fall is probably my favorite season. I love when the temperature drops a bit, but it's still comfortable, like on the sunny mid-October day when I shot these photos. Some of our animals, like our river otter, use it as an excuse to play. The second photo shows him diving into his pond:
Blending in with the autumn-colored leaves that drifted to the forest floor, this male common yellow-throated warbler looks like a yellow leaf with legs! Thanks to Susan Summers for helping me identify this gorgeous little bird:
This time of year, persimmons start to ripen....
...while turkey tail fungi fans out in beautiful shades of orange, tan, brown, and pale purple. I stood on top of a tree stump and pointed the camera down to take this shot:
Hope you get out to enjoy the small wonders of a fall day, where ever you might be!