Sunday, September 12, 2010

Second Saturday

                                                                       The Cat
We returned Saturday in hopes of finding the Bob cat that surprised us last week (last post). We were easing through some of the access roads for the pump jacks on the western side of the refuge when we found this cat. When we first spotted it, the cat blended with the back ground very well. He was setting pretty still till I rolled down the window. Then he started moving around.

We also stared up into the tree, thinking another cat would be there. I think the cat was just measuring the amount of energy required to git up the tree and the to git back down.

                                See the cat?

The Birds
I tried laying on the ground, I tried walking up to these birds, but they kept their distance

Refuge Woodlands

of course the Turtle
Another very necessary link in the food chain, Mr T appears without any worldly issues, kicked back and sunnin on a log

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Short Holiday

Friday night the temperature dipped into the 60s. Wow, for some of us, that was a great start to the holiday weekend. I'm sure the wildlife was glad, too. Everything seemed to be on the move.

It must be time for a nap.

Least Terns I think.
Here is more terns from down south

Three amigos...

We all gotta eat. A Turtle munching on a fish.

These three had been down to the lake for a drink.

This kitty surprised us. We had been shooting aperture priority in bright sunlight (f32) and when we drove into the heavy shadows, the Bobcat chose to appear on the road. There was a culvert that runs under the roadway to a pool of water. When I first saw the cat he was moving away from the water. I guess he was as surprised to see us as we were to see him. He ran back to the culvert and ran through to the other side of the road. Sorry , I only managed three rapid shots from the camera as he turned to run. This one was shot at 1/25sec and f32. I didn't even think about the aperture setting. Typically when shooting it stays at f8~f11. If given the opportunity I'll do better next time. It is proof that you need to go to the wildlife refuges and witness some life.

Yep, He was there too! Maybe a little out of my camera's range. No Maybe to it...

Three out of four said this was a good fishing spot.