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Old Oct 17, 2012, 8:37 PM   #1
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Am slowly working through a large backlog of photos from the past few weeks - been rather busy with a number of park projects recently. Here are a few snapshots of some park birds - nothing rare or unusual, just the beauty of the usual!

Was alerted by a park visitor of a new Cormorant perch near one of the home park's trails. Our cormorant population has been growing rapidly for a number of years - more individuals, and more birds remaining for a longer time. Not sure why, but very interesting to watch and wonder. Cormorants (here) are very shy and difficult to approach while on the water, but not so shy up in the trees. Here are a few low quality shots - contrast is poor due to backlighting of a cloudy day. Got some much better shots with the longer lens and with bright sunlight, will post those later...
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Park's Phoebe population is also increasing, and the birds staying are with us for more of the year. These shy little friends are heard more than seen - they call their name again and again from favorite perches. They are indeed good friends - they eat plenty of mosquitoes and flies!
This one was working the abundant gnats along the park's shoreline...
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Great Blue Herons are another bird species that is definitely thriving here in Northeast Tennessee. Was speaking recently to an older resident near the home park, who remembers as a child some 60 years ago that GB Herons were a rare and thrilling sight. Now they are becoming commonplace. Again, not sure of the reason, but nice to see such a lovely species being so successful!

Here are a few shots of one of our resident GBH's, enjoying a good morning preening...
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Our resident Canada Goose population is almost too successful! These birds were re-introduced to our region by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency years ago when they had almost died out. And now they are everywhere and amazingly tame. Our park Canadas don't migrate, but they do flock in V's at migration season...
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Just one more bird for now...
We have a very healthy Black Vulture population here at the home park. They are very approachable - a great chance to share wildlife observation with park visitors of all ages. This group found an especially "interesting" place to perch and work!
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Hope you enjoyed these glimpses of some very successful East Tennessee birds, and that you will share your comments & critique.
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Mole, I think the Turkey Vultures are staging a non violent protest to the park policies.

I happen to like the high key pictures of the cormorants. There is nothing to distract you from the birds and they were nicely exposed and sharp.

The sunsets are also wonderful with the migrating waterfowl in the sky.

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As always great photos. I wish we had such an abundance of flora and fauna in this part of the world.
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Great pix Mole. Some of the Great Blue Heron photo, especially the first two..together...look almost like an Audubon painting.
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Enjoyed them all Mole ! Have to laugh (again) at those BVs

V. interesting behaviour of your Canada Geese.
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