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? Read the rest of this entry »

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Dragonflies are the new “birds”

July 30, 2012 at 4:14 am (Atlanta, Dragonflies and Bugs, Georgia, Nature, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , , , , , , )

Halloween Pennant female, Panola Mt. Georgia. This is one of those dragonflies whose wings can assume various angles independently of each other.

I certainly spent more time photographing dragonflies this week than I did birds, so I guess I’m getting a new hobby.

Despite the summer heat, I spent all day last Monday walking in the sun at Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area and Panola Mountain State Park near Atlanta.  There weren’t too many birds, at least none that would admit to it.  But the dragonflies….  An odonate lover (the insect order encompassing dragonflies and damselflies) would have been in bug heaven.  Read the rest of this entry »

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