Though we didn’t, obviously, spot any earth-shakingly rare species at the Shaw Nature Reserve, what we saw kept us happy and going for a long time! Let me start with this image of the delightful
sitting so companionably and greeting-cardly together!
A lifer for me was the
Here it is, singing:
Once again, soaring on the thermals, far above us, we got the
Far away, an
sat and watched us!
Some more lifers (id'd later by Danny Brown) were: this female
and this bird which is obviously some
(though I can't say precisely which!)
All those birds were really far away so I have NO apologies about the quality of those photographs! Grassland birds seem to either sit far away or high up...not that other birds are much better....
On the way back, I got a quick shot from the moving car, of this
being mobbed by the
after it did a swooping, stunning (but obviously unsuccessful) dive-attack on a target that I could not see (probably a nestling)
Here's a juvenile Eastern Bluebird singing:
There were not as many
as I would have thought, given that the glades were full of wildflowers. However, I managed to photograph this
GREATER SPANGLED FRITILLARY:
(don't know which one, exactly)
and this one, which, at home, would be the
sitting happily on Malvika's shoe!
Casey, who is a native Missourian, has so much "casual knowledge" (he doesn't parade it, but he casually mentions facts!) about various things. I saw several insects in the stream that he id'd as
but I couldn't get a good photograph of them, so just click on their name to read the Wiki entry about them.
However, he did show me the fearsome fangs of this
I got this beautiful
(don't ask me which one precisely!)
on the rocks near the stream:
we found these insects, which reminded me of the
They were on the flowering tree I've photographed below, too:
The variety of
PLANTS and WILDFLOWERS
was lovely to see. I have no time for all the ids, but here are some that I photographed:
well, these are
...even I know that!
This beautiful tree, which Malvika has id'd as the
ALLEGHENY CHINKAPIN, was full of flowers, on which those mating bugs sat:
We saw only two
and right at the end of our visit, a
from the car; we could not get a shot of the deer,
so here’s a closing shot of the most delightful baby rabbit!