Cattle Egret, Bulbucus ibis

Monday, February 9, 2009

My World Tuesday

Good news from the weatherman, he says 72f and Sunny for Tuesday. I barely caught the last of today's light, just as the Sun went below the trees. I got lucky, a Mourning Dove was waiting at the right time.
I don't know which way I'll head tomorrow, got to check the tide. If I can get to the coast just before a rise begins I'll get some wading bird shots. You can well predict when the waders will appear, if you keep track of the tide.
I've had some success with the solar/lunar tables, at predicting feeding times for the critters in general, but can also just watch my neighbors cows, when they are dozing in the pasture the wild critters are likely napping too.
The natural cycles are just a clock, without hands, or numbers. It is the clock you want to follow, if you would follow the wild things. Our sense of time means nothing to them.


Robert V. Sobczak said...

I wonder if the birds in the trees know the difference between a Wednesday and a Sunday. I know the gulls at the beach do: more people are there on Sunday, which is more free food! But that's the exception: I'd say most animals don't know our "weekly" clock.

Louise said...

This is a really interesting post. I never thought about the birds napping when they are not at the feeders. Their cycles always puzzle me.

Please be so kind to link back to the My World Tuesday site when you link from it. There are badges available there for identification, and you can make those link or just use the URL, but we like to let everyone know about the other worlds being represented.

Thanks so much for sharing your information and photos!

My World Tuesday Team

tsiya said...

Louise, I'll do it, I'm not real savvy about some stuff, have to learn from my mistakes, LOL, at that rate I should soon be a genius!
The critters live less complicated lives than we do, they eat, they sleep, and they breed, without a lot of "wasted" energy. A few of the smarter ones fit in a little fun, but the first rule is survival.
Robert, the gators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm start piling up at the feeding site about 15 minutes before the scheduled feeding demo. You can set your watch by them.
I don't argue with experts, but I keep seeing signs of intelligence that ain't supposed to be there. Have you ever watched a Green Heron drop some bait on the water, and wait for fish to come for it? Are they born knowing this, or do they learn it by watching momma?
There is a pond near here, I've been watching a Little Blue Heron hunt along the edges, with a pair of Hooded Mergansers just offshore, following evey move. If the LBH flushes food and misses, one of the Hoodies grabs it. Were they born knowing how to do this, or did they learn by deduction, or observation, or, what?
I never, ever, say "never", I just keep watching!

alicesg said...

Very beautiful clear sky and no wonder the birds are out to enjoy the day.

tsiya said...

Louise, I sent 5 bucks via paypal, got a code, used the code, and this whole blog fell apart, No doubt I did something wrong, but! Only when I removed the code did this blog straighten out.

Marites said...

love your bird pics here. I've always find the birds smarter than we think they are as i've seen some for real and in videos. :) Always awesome to witness them. My world is here

tsiya said...

Being civilized is wonderful, but never forget that our roots are in the Earth.
Urban living tends to create alternate, artificial, realities, realities that have little to do with actual reality!
My Daddy visited your part of the world, he was there when I was born, he told me just how beautiful it was, and about how many friends he made there.
Thanks for visiting!

The Good Life in Virginia said...

lovely post and enjoyed the info on the birdies.
have a great week.

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