Coming Soon – Summer Rewinds

What can I tell you?

I fell in love SO many times this summer.

I saw some of THE most amazing birds, who gave me the gift of allowing me to photograph them. Often at the most unexpected times and places.

I simply haven’t had the TIME to share them with you.

But soon, HOPEfully soon, I’ll have more photos from my summer adventures  to share!!   😉

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Merganzer Magic

I love merganzers, especially the red-breasted variety with their amazing crests!

I came upon this beautiful pair late yesterday at Mill Landing.

Now I know they say that often in the bird kingdom it’s the males of the species who really shine.

And this male red-breasted truly was a most dashing fellow, to be sure.

But somehow, for me, it was his Lady Fair who took my breath away…

She was perfectly coiffed, her red button eyes bright and gleaming in the setting sun’s light. Her reddish feathers a stunning contrast to the blue and gold reflections on the water.

The two seemed most taken with one another.

He never let her out of his sight, and I could hear them exchanging gentle murmerings whenever they passed each other by in the swirling current.

Once they spotted me along the shore, they were up and away.

I hope I didn’t ruin their day.

They certainly made mine.

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Singin’ in the Rain

Late yesterday afternoon I got caught in a rain shower just as I was finishing my walk around the marsh.

Now I happen to love walking in the rain. It always reminds me of Gene Kelly and his amazing dance through the puddles!

Driving home, I came upon a small flock of Canada geese having dinner in the creek at Red River.

canadageese1-blogThey didn’t seem to mind me slowing down or rolling down my window as they continued to feed on their tasty greens.

canadageese2-blogAnd just like me, they didn’t seem to mind the rain either as it continued to pour down and bead up on their feathers.

canadageese7-blogIn fact, they seemed to be enjoying it immensely.

Especially the splashing!

canadageese5-blogFinally the one gander who’d been giving me the feathery eyeball…

canadageese4-blogMust have given the signal for the rest of the flock to be on their way.

canadageese6-blogI watched them for a moment longer as they huddled together and then slowly waddled upstream.

And as I began to drive away, do you know what I thought I heard??

canadageese8-blogWhy, I could have sworn that I heard singing.  😉

canadageese9-blogThanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!

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Monday Best: Snow in Summer

Welcome to Monday Best!

Presenting my pick this week, the Snowy Egrets of Mill Landing!

SnowyEgret-MillLanding24-BlogI saw the large flock of Snowies feeding the other morning down at the Mill. It felt like the first time when I discovered them many years ago. They stole my heart then and here I was captivated by them all over again!

SnowyEgret-MillLanding48-BlogKnown for being vocal, I could hear them even before I spotted them, talking amongst themselves in the shallow channel water as the morning sun backlit their every elegant move. It’s like watching the Nutcracker ballet in the middle of summer!

SnowyEgret-MillLanding39-BlogI must have been photographing at least twenty individuals, each one casting its stunning reflection on the shallow water as they slowly moved forward, sideways, and back again. It was so beautiful that I had all I could do just to hold the camera steady!

SnowyEgret-MillLanding44-BlogAnd it looked like I wasn’t alone in my bird watching!

ForestBeachLoop882-BlogSnowies have a most unique fishing method which seems to fit their personalities to a T. They literally flush out tiny fish below the water’s surface, using their yellow feet to chase them up, up, up and then – gulp! Oh, to be an underwater camera to see those fancy feet so gracefully at work…

SnowyEgret-MillLanding35-BlogSnowyEgret-MillLanding22-BlogSnowies love to hang out in big family groups, and seem to get along quite well.

With the occasional dust up over mates and territory, that is… 😉

SnowyEgret-MillLanding30-BlogI continued to snap picture after picture of these elegant beauties, the water twinkling like diamonds all around them as they fished. I had forgotten all about the heat as these magical snowy creatures transported me to a place in my mind that was cool and calm…

SnowyEgret-MillLanding40-BlogSnowyEgret-MillLanding28-BlogAnd talk about hairdo’s! The Snowies have the hair award, wings down!

SnowyEgret-MillLanding47-BlogThe feathery plumes on their necks and back, called aigrettes, were once used for decorating ladies’ fancy hats. I, as a milliner, am proud to say that I never use any bird feathers in my designs. The feathers that allow these and other birds to soar and fish so magnificently look far better on them than they ever could on my hats!  🙂  (You can read more about this in my blog, For the Birds)

SnowyEgret-MillLanding33-BlogI hated to leave them that morning but it was time to head back to my own “real” job and leave them to theirs ’til next time we’d meet.

Which I am sure, will be soon.  😉

SnowyEgret-MillLanding42-BlogThanks for visiting me here and enjoying these magnificent snowy dancers with me!

Sally

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