Quiet trip through Huntley Meadows

May 9, 2010

Friday evening was a simple relaxed visit to Huntley Meadows without any emerging theme during my time there.

The woods yielded little in the way of wildlife, and I initially saw very little on the boardwalk as well, although there are emerging signs of animals like the one below.

Don’t ask me what it is, because I honestly don’t know. I would be interested to find out, but don’t quite know how to research that one.

Along the back end of the boardwalk near the observation tower, I met up with a guy I’ve seen the past few trips there and we chatted about our observations as an Osprey circled in the distance. Although I knew the action would take place out of a good range for my lens, I still tried to document a meal grab.

The Osprey missed on the attack above, but after a few more tries it had its dinner.

As it turns out, it wasn’t the only bird of prey in the area. In addition to the sounds of an owl in the distance, two hawks were scanning the wetlands at the farthest point in my line of sight.

Unfortunately, the image you see above is full resolution, meaning it’s useless as far as getting any better look at the bird. I can’t tell if it’s a broad-shouldered or something else.

After hearing rumors of a gosling in the area, I eventually found it between the observation tower and the path into the woods.

It was a skiddish little thing and its parents seemed to be on high alert. I was able to get some nice shots though, including one I particularly like that I’ve placed in the next book layout, before its parents shuffled it off out of view.

Finally, after limited results from a beaver stakeout, I made my way out as the sun set.

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7 Responses to “Quiet trip through Huntley Meadows”

  1. Evan Dyson Says:

    Very interesting… thanks!

  2. Mary Says:

    It’s a mud doughnut. DUH.

  3. Tim Barringer Says:

    Evan-
    This appears to be a fiddler crab chimney to me. Usually, crawdad chimneys are more conical. The fiddler crab chimney is more vertical stacked and flat on the top. Great pics!
    http://www.ask.com/bar?q=fiddler+crab+chimney&page=1&qsrc=121&dm=all&ab=0&u=http%3A%2F%2Frsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org%2Fcontent%2F4%2F6%2F616.full&sg=7C%2BtN1WWCx5kzoBP%2BoRX8N3uZHQWQ%2FxiU90EMJCxGP8%3D&tsp=1273697026552

  4. Evan Dyson Says:

    Thanks Tim. I’ll try to see if I can get a look at the builder sometime to verify.


  5. […] gosling, which began as a frail little fuzzball, is definitely gaining size and weight. I found it close to the observation tower after its […]


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