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Stud Muffin   8 comments


Stud Muffin

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I’ve found that Carolina anoles make great subjects for photography. They’re unusual and useful animals, they tend to stay still long enough to get the shot, and when seen closely, their antics are charming.

This little guy climbed up seven feet onto the top of one of the birdboxes in the meadow, and from there put on a courtship display. To whom, I have no idea. He’d get up on his toes, pump up and down a couple of times, then take a deep breath and puff out his call sign. I can only trust it works for him.

After first checking to make sure he wasn’t smuggling our strawberries, I moved in for a series of interesting close-up shots. After I had moved away, we began to wonder where he’d go from there. Almost as soon as we had the thought, we saw him BASE jump off the birdbox into the tall clover below. We never knew he could do that.

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“Nuffing”   8 comments


"Nuffing"
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There’s a guy at our local Farmer’s Market who makes birdhouses out of materials reclaimed from old barns and tobacco sheds. His larger pieces are works of art, and each has a history to it. Jeff can tell you exactly where each component came from, and the story behind the building.

For our new backyard arrangement, we’ve posted a few new bird abodes, and it wasn’t long before the renters came by to measure for curtains. We now have a family of Black Cap Chicadee in one box, and this family, which I believe is Tufted Titmouse. (Please correct me if I’m wrong.)

It was hard to get this shot — they move so fast! But, by setting up the tripod and doing a fast remote trigger, I managed to grab one or two images before they’d duck inside with more building materials.

I was delighted when I saw that I caught this guy. “What are you doing?”, I asked. “Nuffing.”

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