Friday, July 31, 2009

Caspian Tern

The Caspian Tern has a real "Joe Cool" Surfer look. There have been a few lingering by Montrose Beach throughout the summer. (There were more in the Spring but, I believe, they've moved further north now.)

These next four shots were of one of the terns looking for lunch. They hover, a little, while looking down into the water.

This one took offense, I think, when I suggested that it looked more like Moe of the Three Stooges than a Joe Cool Surfer.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mallard Duck

This Mallard and her duckling were swimming around Burnham Harbor. The mercury-like appearance of the water is due to a boat's reflection. The little duckling stayed very close to its mother. I have a feeling that's because there were a lot of seagulls around looking for wayward ducklings.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Savannah Sparrow

This Savannah Sparrow, at Northerly Island, seemed only too happy to mug for the camera.

"Hey! You with the camera! Take my picture!"

"This is my dramatic look!"

"Uh-Oh! That feather is out of place. Every one has to be just right!"

"I'm ready for my close-up"

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing!"

Friday, July 10, 2009


We've seen some Killdeer at two locations in Chicago: Montrose Beach (near the Magic Hedge) and Northerly Island. I like their very clean clear markings. They're fun to watch as well. They tend to run and then suddenly stop and sit. Apparently they stop to see if they've scared up any bugs to eat.

At Montrose Beach

Taking in the view at Northerly Island

AAACK! A Photographer!