Our second “Nature Photos at the Library” event on June 26 was a lot of fun, and, as we did the first time, we had a lot of talent in the room and an excellent diversity of photos. We all agreed that we are going to continue this event and get together four times a year to show the nature and wildlife that we have photographed during the previous season. All ages and skill levels are welcome to join us, whether to show their own photos or just to watch what other are showing. (Please, call me if you have any questions or would like more information about what we do! My number is 757-410-7147; ask for Karen).
Chris spent some time this spring at the Girl Scout Woods and at Bell’s Mill Park, both in the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake. The two photos below were taken at a nesting cavity he discovered that was occupied by Brown-headed Nuthatches. These are tiny little birds that are very active and noisy in the tops of tall pine trees and can be hard to find at eye level — and very hard to photograph, since they are usually in motion!
Chris also found this Red-bellied Woodpecker and got a great “up close and personal” photo of it. He got so close that you can see the bird’s feet; woodpeckers have two front claws and two back claws, which allows them to cling to the sides of trees.
Nora gave a great show, as she did the first time we all met. She shared the two photos below for this blog:
I showed a few bird and butterfly photos myself, including these three. The first two were taken at Pocosin Cabin along Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the third was taken at Piney Grove near Waverly:
I am so envious of this last photo of a male Belted Kingfisher! (Females have a fat rusty-orange stripe or “belt” across their breast). I have tried for years to get a good photo of this species, but these are very wary birds and seldom let you approach them closely. Most of my attempts are photos of a small, blurry, bluish bundle of feathers flying away from me. Tim did an outstanding job of capturing this individual on film (or should I say “memory card”).
Our next photo night will be on Monday, September 24 beginning at 6:00 p.m. I’d love to continue to see more new faces and more perspectives on our local nature and wildlife. It’s fun, and we all learn from each other, so please join us if you can!