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Delightful Denizens of Shaw Nature Reserve.....

In the very short time I had at the Reserve (I hardly walked about half a mile from Bascom House!), I snapped these....



Some of the wildflowers:

white wildflower


red tiny ball-like flowers


yellow flower


red star-shaped flowers

un id bluish wildlowers

I got this single-feelered insect on a rain-washed leaf:

un id insect 310510

A silhouette of this Dragonfly:

dragonfly 020610

and this Monarch butterfly, which is ubiquitous:

monarch fp 020610

The common birds were everywhere, too; here's the

NORTHERN CARDINAL:

cardinal 310510

A

BARN SWALLOW

preening itself:

barn swallow


as the rain began, I spotted this

EASTERN PHOEBE:


eastern phoebe 310510

On a mulch-bed, this

BLUE JAY was hopping around, with its incredible feathers!

blue jay 310510

I saw several

CHIPPING SPARROWS


chipping sparrow

and got this one taking a lovely bath just after the rain!




This

HOUSE WREN

sat on a stump,

carolina wren on stump

And then shook its tail to dry it:

carolina wren 310510


Incredible, but I actually got this

EASTERN BLUEBIRD

as a bolt of lightning lighted up the sky; the colours, as a result, are a little washed out, but it's still a beautiful bird!


eastern bluebird


There were several Bluebird babies around, too....

juv eastern bluebirds 310510

I already posted about the

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and the TURKEY VULTURE

that made my day,

and about the

the scenic beauty

that made even such a short trip worthwhile...



Baby Bluebirds have got to the most delightful subjects to photograph...they look as if they stepped out straight from a sentimental greeting card!

baby eastern bluebird 310510


Didn't spend enough time to see any mammals, apart from the usual squirrels!
Tags: bird of prey, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, flowers, insects, nature, photography, st louis, video, weekend
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