That’s how many I could count in one photo, these geese parents are very good at procreation! I was on the way to the bank and saw this goose family sitting right on the edge of the main roadway and was concerned for the babies. I’m happy to report that on the way back home, the geese were all gone, no squished goslings were seen…
Good happy morning from sunny Las Vegas. I hope this tiny cutie brings a smile to your lovely face today! Well, it’s another great day in the valley but the damn wind is once again relentless which is making it very difficult for my painter to work on the exterior paint. It’s day two of battling the winds.
As I write this, he is managing to get the east and south sides of the home painted since there is less wind on those sides. However, the south and west sides still need paint as does the chimney. It’s a bummer for him and his helper/wife, I’m sure they want to be paid, and I would like to see out of my windows again!
The 1.82mm plastic covering makes this a bit difficult. Damn wind!!
This bird is amazing and beautiful, I love the sounds they make too as they scurry about under the bushes having conversations with their friends. This cutie was photographed at Calico Basin, it took some time on each photo to get the light up to where it should be, not hiding in the shadows. Happy weekend, folks!
Too cute! Are ya tired of these cuties yet? The exterior of my home is getting a fresh coat of paint today and tomorrow, I’ll upload some before and after photos when it’s complete. Only the sides and backyard though. The weather dude says that Las Vegas will see 95 degrees today, We shall see if it makes it to that mark. Hot!
Yes, more cute critters in this post, the Mourning Dove was a surprise, I’ve not seen them in this area before. The quail tend to run away like a chicken with its head chopped off, zoom! Those landscape photos aren’t balanced right, too much blue but even pulling up the white level didn’t fix them. I tried! I have zero desire to go anywhere today, no plans. Supposedly, Las Vegas will hit 97F today but it’s only around 80 right now. Still too cold, LOL!!
Yesterday I got my fix of these darling little critters again at Calico Basin. Sometimes I wonder how these squirrels are doing when I’m at home, is that weird? This visit, I had less than a handful of peanuts for them, I should use seeds though. They were actually running across my shoes, then stop and sit up on their haunches to look up at me, so adorable! And so trusting too. Lots of birds came running too including two California Quail. The quail would snag a nut then very quickly run under a bush to eat its reward. These birds have a fun-sounding set of sounds.
The sky and desert look fine, the critters look as best I could bring them back from fuzziness, I can’t focus the 24/200mm lens fast enough. I don’t know which species the bird is but it has nice colors. Las Vegas has yet another high wind advisory until 11PM Sunday night. Gusts to 50mph and sustained winds of 30mph or so. Another blow!
I snapped a half dozen photos of this large blackbird as it hovered in place, then descended gradually behind the bush. It’s amazing how the bird can literally hover since there was a nice northwest breeze blowing. The other three photos were way out of focus. I use manual focus, the Nikkor 24/200mm lens doesn’t focus as fast as I’d like.
The middle photo shows his landing gear deployed for touchdown! 😂❤️
Around ten this morning I’d had enough of the couch potato thing and headed out with no destination in mind. I ended up visiting the North Las Vegas Airport, much smaller than McCarran International airport. After wandering around in the building for a bit, I headed upstairs to the observation deck.
I’ve never visited this airport before, it’s a nice building and grounds. I have several iPhone photos from that location in the next post. They have a small restaurant upstairs too which I had a club sandwich and fries. Delicious! I’ll be back I told the nice lady who was my waitress. I found out that she is from Ohio.
I’m a very chatty guy and have no problem striking up conversations with anyone, stranger or not. It was interesting to find out that she too has had people here ask her if she is from the Midwest as I was asked a couple of days ago. Apparently, she and I have an accent that I’m not really aware of but the folks here can hear.
A creek is a crick, a window is a windah, and so on. Anyway, here are some random snaps from the ride today. Those pigeons are freaking crazy! I tossed a handful of seed out the windah and about 100 pigeons came at me like a squadron of fighter jets! One bird repeatedly hovered just outside the truck, I thought it was going to come inside.
I closed the window quickly before it came in and crapped all over my interior. Crazy critters… The flag was fluttering so perfectly that it demanded a nice crispy photo. The other photos are westbound views on Cheyenne road looking west. It’s such a beautiful day today with mid-70s, a nice breeze, and abundant sunshine.
There are many kinds of critters at this park, the goose was literally three feet from me so I got as good a photo as I could with the 200mm lens, too close for a sharp photo. The cute turtles stayed put as I slowly approached the log then one dropped in the drink right after I clicked the shutter. How about that foot sticking up to catch the sun’s warmth? The Coot swimming away from me has a bad right foot, it was very sad to watch it hobble to the water’s edge then just fall into the water, plop. Poor little bird, I wish I could help it. I wonder how it was damaged? A turtle?
It is so beautiful outside today that I decided to head back to the park for some bird photos again. I was a bit disappointed though as there weren’t many birds there in terms of species, mostly ducks, geese, and plenty of coots. The turtles were a nice surprise though, I thought they were Snapping turtles but they look more like Painted turtles basking in the warm noon sunshine. My sister and I had turtles as pets when we were children.
I’m slowly winding down the bird photos from the park the other day, the city views were taken today while I was in a not so busy area of the park where I could play around with the CB Radio equipment that I very rarely use. Actually, it’s more fun to use than the ham radio gear. I started my radio hobby in 1979 actually, which was my senior year in High School. I have another radio being delivered in a couple of days, it’s not a CB radio, rather it’s a ten-meter radio for the ten-meter ham radio band at 28.000 to 29.900mhz. Radio and photography, great hobbies!