Geese, Ducks, Coots and Turtles

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?

A Short Visit to The Park

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.

The Mule

A new joyride was due on this beautiful day so off I went, making a stop at the local park. Seeing a horse trailer at the end of the dirt lot, I slowly walked that way. Looking at this animal, I knew it was a little different, not a true horse. The nice lady owner walked over to me and asked if I had taken photos.

I said yes, just three but I forgot to ask permission first. She said it’s OK. We had a quick chat, she asked me if I knew the difference between a horse, donkey, and mule. Not really since I’m not an equine lover but they are beautiful animals. She gave me a quick education on the differences.

Now I know why I was immediately suspicious of this different-looking ‘horse’! Being in the darkness under the steel roof, I had difficulty getting the 24/70 lens to focus which is weird as this lens is so easy to shoot with. At least one photo is well focused. The park was packed, I am amazed at how few people were wearing masks.

Beautiful Birds and City Views

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!