Insect Invasion!

Insects are the neatest! They are certainly an incredibly fun subject to take photographs of. Our favorite part is reviewing the photographs later and getting to see all the little details we missed while the insect was moving around, not staying still.

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Baby Duck Favorites!

Baby Ducks and Geese! We love these guys and gals. It is certainly one of our favorite parts of spring. It is always exciting to see new baby ducks out at the lake. This year we’ve seen baby mallards, wood ducks and Canadian geese. The geese were just so cute with this huge feet and tiny little bodies. We love it.

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This baby mallard was getting tossed all over by the waves. It was a really windy morning which made for some good pictures in regards to the waves and shoreline.

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The baby mallards are just too cute, being all fuzzy. They look almost not real, like a stuffed animal or cartoon.

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Mama and her babies. This picture came out a little dark but it was about to rain when this was taken so not too much light was available.

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This baby Canadian Goose is the cutest. You can really see the big feet in this picture. They look so silly with those huge geese fit on their still tiny little baby bodies.

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Another shot of a baby Canadian Goose. They were out wandering the shoreline in search of their morning breakfast.

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I got a little too close to the geese and they decided to make a bee line for the water’s edge..

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And off they go. Good bye little Canadian Geese

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Baby Wood Ducks. These are adorable too. They look a lot like the baby mallards, just they are a little less yellow in color.

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Momma Wood Duck with her babies.

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More baby Mallards swimming out at the lake.

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Momma Mallard is swimming into shore with her babies

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This is a Juvenile Wood Duck. We have been seeing several of these out at the lake lately. They are very pretty with all their colors

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A Black Muscovy Duck and her babies. They are just adorable.

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Squirrels are the cutest…

Squirrels are out in full force at the park and the lake. We see these little guys and gals everywhere. But we are not complaining. They are just too cute. A few weeks ago we even had a little girl squirrel come right up and take seeds from Heather’s hand. She certainly was a little sweetie. We got quite a few nice shots of her up close and personal.

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Lemon Pepper Oven-Baked Tilapia

This is one of our favorite seafood meals to make. It is a simple and quick meal to make that does not make too much of a mess in the kitchen. It’s also pretty healthy for you so that’s an added bonus.

Ingredients:

Fresh or Frozen Tilapiafillets (6-8)
Lemon pepper seasoning
Pepper
Butter
Lemon Juice
Foil

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees

Defrost fish in a cool water bath

Rinse fish under running water

Get out a large baking pan and line it with a layer of foil

Tare off 6-8 large pieces of foil to use as foil packets for the fish

Place fish in foil packets (2 fillets per packet) and place on top of baking pan

Add lemon pepper seasoning, butter and lemon juice to each packet

Fold over the foil and seal packets

Bake for 14 minutes at 425 degrees

Serve with steamed broccoli and carrots for a fresh addition

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Shorebirds a million…

The little shorebirds are such interesting little creatures to watch. They are funny to watch as they running what seems to be a million miles an hour with those little tiny feet of theirs.  Here are a few of our favorite shots.

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This Rock Sandpiper was wandering around the shoreline in search of something good to eat

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Spotted Sandpiper. Such a good looking bird.

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A Wilson’s Phalarope with another shorebird

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Two cute little Rock Sandpipers. We love the way the sunlight is reflecting on the water in this shot.

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The Wilson’s Phalarope. Check out the details in this birds feathers. So neat!

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A Lesser Yellow Legs…

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Spotted Sandpiper in flight

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Lesser Yellowlegs in flight

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Killdeer. Taking a short break from running like crazy across the field. We got lucky and got close enough to take this picture.

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s a vulture!

Vultures! These birds are big, bad, and actually just plain awesome! They don ‘t have the most pretty of faces but that doesn’t make them any less interesting! Here are a few of our favorite shots of the Turkey Vulture and the American Black Vulture.

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A Turkey Vulture soaring over the treeline out at the lake…

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This is the closest we have gotten to a Turkey Vulture before. We love all the detail you can see in its face

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A close up shot of an American Black Vulture

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It’s time to leave. A Turkey Vulture getting ready for take off.

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Standing at attention. This Black Vulture was sitting in a tree on the edge of the shoreline with another Turkey Vulture. They were just relaxing and did not seem to mind me getting close for a picture.

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American Black Vulture marching out of a barn to defend its territory.

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Soaring high and gracefully across the wetlands. One of 7 American Black Vultures.

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Home-style Thick and Hearty Chili in the Crock-pot:

This is one of our favorite meals to prepare in the crock-pot. We always can go for a nice hearty bowl of chili any time of the year. This is a simple recipe that takes only about 15-20 minutes to prepare and then you just set it and forget it, letting it cook in the crock-pot.

Ingredients:

Ground beef (1.5 lbs)

3-4 stalks of celery

1 can of black beans

1 can of red beans

3-4 small cans tomato sauce

1 cans diced tomatoes

1 can of green beans

1 can of corn

1 packet of 3 bean chili mix

1 packet of chili seasong

Paprika

Minced onion

Garlic powder

Red pepper

Salt and pepper

Directions:

Brown beef in skillet with 2 table spoons of olive oil

Combine all ingredients in crock pot

Stir Well

Cook on high for 4 hours

Serve with crackers

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An unexpected photo subject…

This little rabbit was just too cute to not photograph. Certainly a pleasant surprise to see while photographing birds out at the lake. It was just sitting in a small grassy area feeding on some of the weeds. Shortly after getting its photo taken it hopped beneath a large series of bushes and eventually disappeared from sight. It sure made for some cute photographs though!

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The Colors of Spring Continue…

The fields are still pouring out with color. The flowers are growing taller, their immense color and beauty are screaming ever louder to be photographed. Here are a few of the photos we’ve taken recently down by the lake…

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Best Egret Snaps…

The Egrets are some of our favorite birds to see out at the lake, right up their with the Great Blue Heron and the baby ducks. Here are a few of our favorite shots of the Egrets we’ve seen while out at the lake.

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The snowy Egret. An awesome bird.

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Check out those bright yellow feet and how they contrast with the black legs. It almost like its wearing yellow shoes with black shocks as a fashion statement.

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A Snow Egret flying gracefully across the lake.

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A Great Egret perched high up within a tee out overlooking the lake.

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A Great Egret coming in for a landing on a very window day. Clearly you can see this bird is getting blown around in the wind.

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Great Egret in flight…

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It is breakfast time. Watched a group of Egrets catch several fish for their morning breakfast. So neat

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This was out first sighing of a Cattle Egret. Check out the neat coloration on the back of its neck

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We only got a few shots of the Cattle Egret before it took off but we were lucky enough to get this flying shot as it was leaving

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The Snow Egret gets its turn at catching something yummy to eat

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We love the pretty coloration at the base of this Snowy Egrets bill.

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