Saturday evening, we were having a good time watching a pair of ospreys flying all around Lake Tamarack (the second photo below shows both of them) when, all of a sudden, one swooped in and landed in a tree right above my head. I stood below for over 10 minutes, taking pictures of it staring at me while I stared right back, hoping I would get a good shot of it taking off. The no-see-ums were biting, so I finally gave up. The osprey was still sitting there when I left, so I guess it won the staring contest.
This hawk sat on the same branch for over an hour in the rain, yesterday. For most of that time, it was standing on one foot. According to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website “Birds will often stand on one foot to minimize heat loss.”
Saturday morning, I was taking photos of a green heron at Lake Tamarack (see first photo below), trying to follow it as it flew from branch to branch along the shore. After a while, a second green heron came onto the scene (see second photo below). At one point, I was able to get them both in one photo (see photo above). Click here to link to a post with more green heron photos that were taken in May.
A link to a survey about bears in Bent Tree went out via yesterday’s “Friday News” email. The survey was developed by the Georgia DNR and they will share the resulting report with Bent Tree. The survey link will be available until close-of-business on Friday, June 28th and is intended for Bent Tree residents only. The DNR requests that one survey be completed per household. So, check your “Friday News” if you would like to participate. I took the survey yesterday and look forward to seeing the future report.
Let awake ones lie, too. Young fawns are left alone for hours, but the mother will be back. Check back tomorrow for more photos of this fawn and the return of its mother, all taken yesterday in Bent Tree over the course of about 10 hours.