Did he get anything? I really can't tell!
In any case, he decides to give up on this particular fishing trip.
He is a spectacular beast, isn't he? He'd look a great deal more spectacular if the camera settings hadn't been mysteriously reset. I can't imagine how it could have happened, but nearly every custom setting - including the picture size - had been altered. All the photos that my husband captured on vacation were taken in the default JPEG normal size; which I NEVER use on any camera. All the more credit to the photographer for getting such marvelous images with a less than optimum setup, right?
Terns are poetry in motion.
"With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world"
Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann
I'm still inconsolably bummed by the loss of a camera and lens that I can't afford to replace, but there's no reason not to share a few Bird-a-thon photos! I have tons of Piping Plover pictures, for instance. This one is an unusual view of a Piping Plover,
Piping Plover Looking Up
Piping Plover Fishing
Piping Plover in a Tire Track
Piping Plover Escaping the Tire Track
Socrates was a 'Rescue Dog" from Louisiana. I was not aware until I started looking for a rescue dog that the vast majority of dogs in shelters facing imminent euthanasia are from our Southern states. Evidently, they don't do a lot of spaying and neutering in many states down south, so there's a vast overpopulation of dogs and cats.
I could not figure out why such a bright, fun, loving, adorable little dog ended up in a shelter. But it was no longer much of a mystery after he bit right through four leashes in less than four days. He doesn't like to be on a leash AT ALL. He also bit through the collar you see in these photos. Luckily, I was just a few feet away every time.
The leash above is sliced neatly in two also, come to think of it. But he is just as bright when it comes to learning what he's supposed to do, and he is the best canine companion I could ask for! How about this: Socrates sits and watches birds with me without barking or chasing them, but he's a dynamo when it comes to chasing gray squirrels, red squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits. They are OUTTA HERE!
BirdingGirl, inspired me to start blogging myself, and now my son has a birding blog (Nature of Oregon), too. Three bird bloggers in one family, for goodness sake!
Donating to Bird-a-thon is an excellent way to honor your mother this Mother's Day. Why not make a donation in her name right now?