Friday, August 12, 2005

BABIES OF THE MARSH

With the end of summer approaching, the spring babies are becoming more visual.  I watched the parents of these barn swallows on many occasions as they built and rebuilt their mud nest in the pavillion at the Marsh.  Their persistence finally paid off and they were able to hatch this adorable little family.

 

This little guy is a downy woodpecker.  He showed no sign of alarm as I moved in closer for this picture, but I imagine in time that will change.  The same cannot be said for this family of geese and in fact they actually came to me quite happily when I called to them.  I have photographed them many times over the summer but I suspect it was more the quest for food than recognition that brought them to me.

 

The last time I saw any squirrels at the Marsh, they were together as a family.  Today this little one was by itself, probably after it's mother abandoned it to fend for itself.  The little cottontail was also alone although there were a couple larger rabbits hiding in the bushes way off to the side. 

It seems almost unfair that humans must support their babies for an average of 18 years...

21 comments:

rjet33 said...

Oh, they are just adorable!!!!

joolsinwa said...

oh man I hate those filthy geese, but wonderful pics!
~Julie

djzgirl71 said...

LOL who says we have to support them that long????  Cuz I have 5 of them...I dont wannnnnnaaaa.  Great shots!

Stacy

madcobug said...

Great pictures. I love nature. Helen

rap4143 said...

Great pictures.  I have news for you, it's longer!!!! They still come back to Mom after they are married :). Once a Mom always a Mom.
Betty

judypearllove said...

GREAT PICS. I LOVE GEESE THERE ARE ALOT IN MY LAKE IN MY BACK YARD. IT'S ELVIS WEEK 2005 IN MEMPHIS TN. AT GRACELAND COME ON OVER FOR A VISIT

chervinkod said...

love you marsh babies, especially the swallows.  Diana
that interpretive park is really interesting too.

jckfrstross said...

Congrats on being picked by the guest editor. Love your pics


Deb

mtrib2 said...

Beautiful wildlife/bird photos!   mark

astaryth said...

That swallow picture is GREAT. Loved all of your Marsh babies. Oh, and Congrats on ANOTHER Guest editor mention!!!! Hmmm... now that they are using regular people and not AOL Editors you seem to be getting a lot more notice!<LOL>
http://journals.aol.com/astaryth/AdventuresofanEclecticMind

cw2smom said...

Here, Here!  Do I agree with that last sentence!  Dorn, your photos are simply wonderful and I am so glad that you share your world and work with us!  Lisa

rickysbunnie said...

Great Photo's, I'd never know you were an amature! I think I've been here a time before, but had lost touch with Jland- yet have returned! I will be back for sure.  I love the rabbit picture, they are my favorite. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being a pick of the week!

Amanda <3

whitehead1970 said...

i have to say this is one of the greatest blog i have ever seen i need to get my camera out today and take some pictures. thank you

bullisoan said...

Those photos are  awsome.I love animals.
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nascarfan6720 said...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, & THANKYOU!!!!

boiseladie said...

The swallows are adorable!  What a shot!

fitzzer said...

LOVE THESE! Especially the baby swallows, they melt my heart!

squirrellywoman said...

These birds and the squirrel are my favorites. I love your pictures and narrations!

acyrlicstains said...

Has anyone hired you from National Geographic yet? :)

rocantribe719 said...

WONDERFUL photos..really enjoyed seeing the BABIES OF THE MARSH..and..i"m also WILD ABOUT SQUIRRELS..:) AND ALL ANIMALS..Great and Small...you've got quite a BLOG here..LOVE IT!!

http://journals.aol.com/rocantribe719/THENATUREOFTHINGZ/

http://journals.aol.com/rocantribe719/REALLYWILDANIMALZ/

the first one..is nature and crafts..
the second one..is..my cartoon animals and graphics..

drop by anytime:)  we're always open:}

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