i have no idea what kind of bug this is so since it was fairly stationery i'm thinking, "you're a good specimen!"
mr. dragonfly... looks like he's smiling back at me (you might have to click on this one to enlarge)
the sunflower seed in this chickadee's beak makes it look like it's abnormal at first - it deftly took care of the seed and in short order went for another.
i know, you are wondering where is the bird in this photo. me, too. i have been watching several ruby-crowned kinglets for a few weeks. they flutter their wings much like a hummingbird and they are very quick and small. this day i knew it was in this bush so i literally just zoomed as far as allowed and clicked without even focusing. as you can tell-- it isn't very clear but i was happy to capture it in any fashion... so i share my joy with you.
mr. cardinal enjoying safflower crunchies
i was pointing at this cardinal but snapped a bonus when the chickadee flew onto the feeder- they all hang out together along with the titmice, the doves, the carolina & house wrens and of course the blue-jays.
while i was busily trying to snap some birds in my yard i looked up to see our resident hawk (there are actually a pair of them around) on the ground in my neighbor's grass. i took this from about 100 feet away. when it flew up into my oak tree, i casually walked as close as i could get as if i was paying attention to something else entirely.