Friday, September 30, 2011

Fall Turkeys

While not as glamorous as in the spring when they're strutting their stuff, fall turkeys are still fun to watch as they move about searching for food. I don't generally turkey hunt in the fall because I'm too busy with deer season, but we always see a lot of them from our stands. In fact, if we want to see turkeys, we just go deer hunting - it works every time.

Check out my waterfowl impersonation....


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Waterfowl Mob Scene

Feathered Feeding Frenzy

Bread. That one word turned a gaggle of waterfowl into a mob of chaos and mayhem. Some people threw what I assume was bread off the bridge and you would have thought it was the last supper for these birds. Geese were chasing ducks, geese were chasing geese, ducks were chasing ducks, and they were all fighting for a morsel. Honestly, I've seen swine eat in a more neat and orderly fashion.

Don't Copy Me

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Apparently, this mallard really admires geese. He wanted to do whatever the goose was doing.

Goose: Maybe if I hide, this silly duck will go away.

Duck: I can do that. What's the big deal? Hey, my car keys!
Goose: *sigh* I'm surrounded by morons.

Wash and Dry

First, you start off by making sure you are completely wet.

Then comes the air dry cycle.

One-legged Stand

When I first saw this goose at a distance, I assumed he was doing the typical waterfowl one-legged stand. As I got closer, though, I noticed he was missing an entire foot. I'm guessing his one-legged stand is permanent.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Photographing An Insect Hunter

I followed this praying mantis as she was searching for something to eat. At first, she seemed cool with the idea of being followed and photographed, but after a while, I think she got tired of the paparazzi interrupting her hunt.

"You can follow as long as you be quiet. And no flash."
"How about this pose? This is my good side."
"No, wait! Hold up. This is better. Shhhh. They think I'm praying. haha!"
"I dunno. Maybe this is my good side. Whadda ya think?"
"Okay, I gotta get back to hunting. These bugs won't jump in my mouth on their own."
"Well, one more pose. Check out my guns!"
"DON'T MOVE. I'm about to snatch up that ant. He thinks I can't see him."
"Okay, what part of don't move did you not understand? You're scaring away my dinner."
"Hey, man, don't you think you've got enough pictures? I'm trying to hunt here."
"Look! There are some bees over on those other flowers. I hear they like to be photographed."
"Hey, buddy! The show's over. I need some space here!"
"I'm TRYING to blend in! Go away! You're cramping my style."
"Dude! Seriously. You're like a stalker or something. Stop following me!"
"Cripes! Since you won't leave me alone, let's talk. YOU doin'?"
"That's it! I can't work under these conditions. Stupid paparazzi."