Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Never even told Myron. There is a very deep and gorgeous canyon to the south side of the ROLF property. This past April I hike the entire length and continued west to a gravel road which eventually led me back to the Signed entrance of ROLF. Near the top of the canyon of rocks, where the canyon turns into a creek with ledge rocks, I spotted the first rattlesnake I have ever seen at ROLF sunning himself on a warm 75F day. It is a Pygmy rattler, small and looking out of place in southern Missouri, but a real rattlesnake. If I ever saw one at ROLF, I expected it to be a Timber Rattler.
Sistrurus miliarius streckeri
Local Name: ground rattler
This is one of the smallest species of rattlesnakes in North America. General color is light grayish-brown, with a row of small, dark brown spots on the back and similar spots on each side. Most specimens also have a rust-colored stripe down the back. The belly is usually gray. The pygmy rattlesnake has a thin tail and a tiny rattle. Length averages from 15 to 20 inches (38-51 cm). This species lives under rocks on cedar glades and is so secretive that few people encounter it. The sound of the vibrating rattle is a faint buzz like the sound of a grasshopper. Food includes small lizards, snakes, frogs and mice. Although the bite of this species is not fatal, a bite victim should seek immediate medical attention. The pygmy rattlesnake should be respected and left alone.
Missouri Distribution: Counties bordering Arkansas and the eastern Missouri Ozarks.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
This May 19th, I came across two pairs of Scissor-tail Flycatchers. One pair about one mile south of Highway 181 at Crossroads and the second on the entrance field to River of Life Farm on the North Fork River. Both pairs were actively foraging for insects. Both pairs shown above and both pairs where using black cherry trees as landing bases.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Nuthatches have always been one of my favorite birds because of the antics, mostly spending their time upside down. During the winter the frequent feeders and I do not find them as interesting as I do in the late spring summer when they work upside down looking of bugs. These pictures were taken from the Tree Top Loft.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
You are nestled in the pines and oaks mid-canopy, so you can see all birds below you, very well, birds higher up in the canopy very well, and all the birds at 50' are at eye level. Birding from here is so outstanding; you have to see them to believe it. Try it soon. This is the TreeTop Loft and also has, as you can see, an excellent view of the river and water birds. Picture around May 2008.
Monday, August 17, 2009
A picture of me taken by Myron, taking lots of pictures of the bluebirds coming and going as they feed their newly hatched chicks on April 18th, 2009. Canon 1DS MKII with a 600 mm Canon L lens with a 2X TC making the entire length 1200 mm.
Another of my favorite pictures. I took about 500 pictures of the bluebirds in mid-April at River of Life Farm on the North Fork of the White river; the house closest to the falls. Then, in May they had fledged their 1st brood of the year and it appeared that at least two survived until later May. Here are some May pictures of a fledgling and a fledgling being fed by a parent near the Walnut trees by the falls.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
One of my best 2 or 3 pictures of 2009, so far. A Yellow-rumped warbler from the TreeTop Loft, taken on April 19th. This guy spent lots of time posing for me. Of course when you are in Missouri's very best birding spot, it is not hard to get some good captures. Missouri Bird Watchers nee to make a point to stay in one of these cabins this fall for the southward migration or next spring for the northward migration.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
During May 2009 there were several storms and several inches of rain. This rain primed the springs. When this happens and as the flow of ground water increases, so does the turbidity of the water. Rainbow Spring (aka; Double Spring) take on a pretty blue hue until it clears again in a few weeks.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Crop from long lens at, estimated 130 feet, from center of main field to the walnut trees along the river. Using 840-mm Canon lens (EF600L + 1.4 TC) on a Canon 1DS MKII. These woodpeckers are very common year round at ROLF.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
My favorite bird; active pretty, feisty, and never stops moving. He nests 75 feet up old hickory or walnut trees. If you are not in the Tree Top Loft or the Log Lookout you will not have much of a chance to see or photograph one. Preferably in April-May.
Monday, August 3, 2009
this picture was taken in the morning on the opposite side of the river looking back at the ROLF side on May 24, 2009 using an Optima underwater camera. This was only 7 days after a minor river rise and debris, including water-cress, is still floating downstream. This picture gives you a good view of the clarity and color of the North Fork in the spring prior to summer's gin clear water.