River Otters at Brazos Bend

We have been out to Brazos Bend State Park in Needville so many times over the last almost 40 years.

Last Friday our daughter Jeanelle and her 4 kids and I went out there for a bike ride. The weather was beautiful.

We saw about 20 alligators, I have no idea how many different birds.

For the first time ever we saw a family of river otters. I was able to grab a few pictures of these cuties.

We think it was a  mom and two babies. As you can see in the second picture the larger one has a wound on its back. From what I have read these little boogers can stand their ground with an alligator.

Keep your eyes, wide open and nature will always surprise you with something you may not have seen before. If you are lucky you might just get a picture of it.

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Watermelon and Butterflies

I had read that ducks love watermelon rind so I had been putting some out for the ducks and other wildlife.

The other day I noticed about 4 butterflies on the old rind I am guessing they are drinking the juice.

We have had some watermelons we picked that looked good but they were not very sweet. Instead of just throwing them away we share with the wildlife.

Give it a try and see if you can get a few butterflies feeding on your watermelon.

 

More babies in the birdhouse

I knew there was another batch of babies in the birdhouse because I could hear them crying all the time. Look at those wide opened mouths.

These poor parent birds are constantly feeding at least 2 baby birds. It is a cycle that starts at daylight until dusk. They fly back and forth all day long I have no idea when they have time to eat.

I do not know if this is same parents as before or if another set that moved in after they were gone. All sparrows look the same so it would be hard to tell.

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Connections

I was outdoors bright and early Monday morning taking pictures with my Canon 400 mm lens. If I had been out there with any other lens these shots would not have been possible.

While I was shooting a fence post and barbed wire out of the corner of my eye I saw something run past me but about 3 acres over. I looked up and low and behold it was a deer a very large buck. Of course, my camera was not set to be shooting towards the sun but I just started shooting. I had no time to check settings change them or even review the pictures I was taking.

Then all of a sudden here came another buck this one was younger and his rack was not as big as the older one. I was able to take about 12 pictures before they left, of course, my favorites were when they were together.

We see deer here on occasion but normally it is a couple of doe or a doe and a fawn but never bucks and much less never two of them.

In fact, it has been several months since we have seen any deer at all. My husband and I recently talked about it and wondered where they were all hiding.

Over the last week, there have been so many signs right in front of me. There have been lots of butterflies in all colors some I have never seen before, Cardinals, and many bird feathers in a specific order certain colors each day.

All of these things I noticed and even spoke to my sister and my cousin about it. I felt like all these things were my dad trying to get my attention.

When the deer came along it was like a giant billboard flashing right in front of me.

I honestly feel like my dad was trying to tell me he is around and he is always watching over me. At the same time, I think he wanted me to know he sees everything that is going on.

The connections we feel to our deceased loved ones are there as long as we pay attention to the signs.

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The baby bird

I watched the mama bird and daddy bird build the nest in the bird house.

I saw them take turns in the bird house. One would fly out then come back the other would fly out and come back.

It takes about 12 – 14 days for the eggs to hatch and by day 15 they are actually able to fly.

I remember the day I heard the sounds of baby birds.

Every morning it’s not raining  Daisy and I go out and feed the birds and I would see the mama or daddy going into the nest or hear the babies crying.

This past Wednesday Daisy and I headed out and one of the babies was sitting on the edge. Of course, I panicked thinking it was going to fall out and I had no way to get it back in the nest up so high. I tried to tell it to get away from the hole and get back in there lol. It was not listening to me but was not scared of me.

I could hear the mom and dad whistling at it in a nearby crepe myrtle tree. I decided to put Daisy back in the house and grab the camera to get a few pictures. After taking a few pictures I wanted to go under the bird house and take one more shot shooting up.

At that very moment, the little baby bird flew and I have to say I was so proud.

The beauty of nature never ceases to amaze me.

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