Birds ‘N Bugs

August 25, 2016 at 4:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - Oklahoma, Dragonflies and Bugs, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography, Wichita Mountains NWR, Wildlife) (, , )

Common nighthawk, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma

Common nighthawk, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma

Nighthawks can be hard to photograph because they tend to fly high and when the light is poor. This one gave me an opportunity for its flight portrait just as the sun was setting in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

Common nighthawk calling

Common nighthawk calling

I have heard their “buick, buick” calls ever since I was a child in Louisiana. Matter of fact, I caught one once. It was a youngster and it whizzed past my head at dusk. I chased it (barefoot most likely, as I rarely wore shoes outside) until it landed in the field behind my house. I picked it up, carried it around for a little while, and let it go. Cool, huh?

Barn swallow

Barn swallow

Barn swallows may have had a nesting site under the pier at Lake Quanah Parker. They spent a lot of noisy time there at any rate.

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Young wild turkey

Young wild turkey

When I pulled into the parking area at Crater Lake it was to get my camera out. However, a flock of young turkeys was clustered at the lake’s edge and my camera was still in the back seat, in its backpack. I managed to get this one though.

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This time of year (mid-August) there is almost no birdsong, unlike May-July. The babies are raised. Migration has begun. It is kind of sad really, to not hear the lark sparrows, bobwhites, dickcissels, meadowlarks, painted buntings, and dozens of other species. But there are still bugs!

Halloween pennant male

Halloween pennant

Dragonflies are fun to photograph, but some species never seem to land. The Halloween pennant, however, is one of the cooperative ones.

Halloween pennant

Halloween pennant

 

Widow skimmer male

Widow skimmer male

The widow skimmer is one of the more dramatic looking dragonflies.

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Blue dasher male

The blue dasher is smaller than the Eastern pondhawk below, and its tail appendages are black, not white. It also tends to perch higher and hold its wings forward rather than straight out.

Eastern pondhawk male

Eastern pondhawk male

The Eastern pondhawk male has green eyes and face, and white appendages at the end of his tail. He often lands on the ground or on low perches. The females are a pretty green.

Halloween pennant

Halloween pennant

I’ll close with another lovely Halloween pennant.

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