A photography friend and I had a sweet surprise yesterday while driving through a favorite wildlife refuge. We witnessed the first day of life for this American Oystercatcher chick. We hear she had just hatched the very same day! We thought we saw something moving under her but we were not sure until this adorable chick came out with eyes all squinty to see his (or her) new world. You may be able to see one of the other two eggs beneath her, yet to hatch. Momma is going to have her hands full very, very soon keeping her little chicks safe and sound. I just read a story about a rat snake trying to hurt this little one already! The parents did a good job of keeping her safe, but as you can imagine, they were extremely agitated.
The “Star Jet” that is. Quite the day in Seaside Heights today. Prince Harry came to visit and the demo began on the famous roller coaster sitting in the Atlantic Ocean since Hurricane Sandy. The boardwalk was bursting with activity between the “lookers” like me (and my photography friend), and the workers rebuilding the boardwalk at feverish speed, it was an amazing sight to witness. The last two shots are double exposures. I took 2 different photos and the camera combined the images. Very cool! I can definitely get hooked on that one.
I attended a bridal shower this weekend. Can you imagine the patience and friendship of someone that would fold 1,000 origami paper cranes for you because a Japanese legend says that if given to the bride the couple will be rewarded with a long and prosperous marriage? Well, she did, and I am sure they will be greatly rewarded! What an amazing job she did for her friend. A special shower for a very special couple.
This local dock looks like it goes on into infinity. I discovered the red winged black birds like to hang out there. Next nice day I will be there with the 500 mm! Another surprise this week – the hummingbirds are back – or at least one of them! He actually came up to our sliding glass doors looking for his feeders. It was truly amazing. That little bird flew all the way from Mexico and came back to the same exact spot where he was fed last year. My feeders were not up yet! Good thing I saw him. I raced like crazy to get the sugar water in the feeder and hang it. In less than an hour he was taking a nice long, sweet drink. What a sight! Hope to get some good shots this year.