When we lived in Independence we frequently saw Sandhill Cranes (and their young) but since moving we’ve never seen them – till today! Still in bed this morning I heard the distinctive / loud call and rushed out with camera in hand; happily they let me get quite close for some photos …
I took some video as well:
We frequently see Ospreys flying nearby, catching fish in nearby Lake Apopka, but recently we’ve watched a pair make a new nest in a tree near Stanton Estates – it took them a few weeks to complete but it looks finished now …
We’ve had a LOT of tiny insects in the air the last few days – cooler weather seems to encourage them to fly up from Lake Apopka (I think they are midges / “blind mosquitos”); today flocks of Tree Swallows have arrived, flying every direction and catching all the insects – Hooray!
I tried to capture some photos and video, but it’s really hard with the birds changing direction so often; here’s my best attempts:
Tried to zoom in to this Osprey, but my camera kept focusing on the branch in front of the bird. When I walked closer, it flew away! But at least I got a couple of nice photos:
I happened to go upstairs this morning before my walk, and caught great sunrise photos from our balcony – I then took some more with our home in the foreground …
No rain over us last night, but nearby and with the sun behind us we get a short-lived rainbow over our home!
Margaret and I walked to Newton Park last night and watched the sunset over the lake, quite beautiful!
I recorded half a minute of video too: