Saturday, August 8, 2015

Birds, Butterflies, and Dragonflies

My contribution to Eileeninmd's Saturday's Critters #86. I hiked up to the top of Cacapon Mountain. The turkey vultures love hanging out on the power line poles up there, they can see down the clear cuts on each side of the mountain.

There are many different dragonflies zipping around Lake Siri lately, but most are not ready for their closeup. This little Halloween Pennant was willing to pose.


Butterflies love thistles!

And the Downy Woodpeckers appreciate someone putting out the suet feeder in the morning and taking it in at night so the raccoon doesn't get it.

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37 comments:

Ela said...

Oh, such beautiful creatures !!!! I love them !!
Happy weekend !

Indrani said...

You got superb shots of these beautiful critters.
Have a great weekend.

NatureFootstep said...

some times I wish I had the feet and legs of birds and other flying critters. It wound certainly be fun sitting on a pole like that :)

Joyful said...

Really great captures. Have a wonderful weekend.

eileeninmd said...

Great series of images. The Vulture looks like it is in charge, perched on top of the pole. I love the dragonfly and the Downy Woodie. Thank you for linking up and sharing you post. Have a happy weekend!

✿ chica said...

Gostei muito!Lindas! beijos,chica

Margaret Adamson said...

Greast variety of shots for this meme. Have a lovely weekend.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful birds and dragon fly.

EG CameraGirl said...

Fun captures of the dragonfly and butterfly! I like the variety.

Snap said...

Lovely images and such a variety! Happy Critter Day!

TexWisGirl said...

great dragon shots! always love when the vultures perch on the power poles (even tho it drives my dogs crazy.)

Lea said...

Great dragonfly photos!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Downy woodpeckers are some of my favs...they have such pretty coloration. We found a dead dragonfly and I got some close ups of it's wings...so lacy and pretty. Hugs!

Phil Slade said...

That Halloween Pennant, it's lovely. And what a great name.

Noushka said...

Those Halloween dragons are soooo beautiful, we have very few species with such decorative wings :)
Thanks for your comment on my blog :)
Keep well!

DeniseinVA said...

A lovely series of flying critters :)

Bob Bushell said...

Absolutely stunning, especially the dragons.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I hopped over from All About Purple, for a visit. I take 'pitchers' too. Look forward to following yours. Cheers -Mac

Debbie said...

so many beautiful things to see in nature, especially this time of year!!!!

Grantham Lynn said...

Such great captures. I was just outside and saw another dragon fly. I've never seen them before until just this year. I've never been able to get a picture. Thanks for sharing yours and coming by and meeting Chili Pepper. He is a darling. I really miss him. Have a great Sunday.

Alexia said...

So many beautiful critters - the dragonfly is so colourful.

Rambling Woods said...

Love the dragon photo.... The others as well... Michelle

Hannah said...

The Halloween dragonfly looks like someone painted his wings. The Swallowtail looks remarkably like the ones in my yard, but the thistle flowers are much larger. I've only seen a woodpecker at a suet feeder here once. The raccoons haven't seemed to find the feeder, or maybe it is hard for them to reach. Cute shots.

Nancy Chan said...

Very pretty varieties. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Do you ever get goldfinches on the local thistles? They tend to go together.

Also, you can peel the spines off the thistle stems and cook them- they are related to artichokes.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Belas fotografias.
Um abraço e bom Domingo.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love the turkey buzzard and good on you for keeping the suet feeder for the birds.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Great shots - I can never get a dragonfly to be still - let alone a butterfly. Wonderful hike.

Michelle said...

A beautiful shot of the butterfly!

Carola Bartz said...

Such beautiful critter photos!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Love the dapper vulture all in black tie garb! And the butterfly is dazzling.

AlexaT said...

Beautiful butterflies in your recent posts... and so many lovely aspects, also! A sunny day of august!

Debra said...

Oh, these are a treat to see! Thank you.

Sharon Wagner said...

I love dragonflies. Nice shots of the tiny creatures!

Helma said...

Truly a gorgeous tribute to these beautiful pictures. I like the dragonfly really fantastic. I know these dragonflies exist but I've never seen. You also woodpecker is great to see. A wonderful contribution to Eileen.

orchid Miyako said...

Oh, My husband would LOVE to see your Halloween Pennant butterfly; he is taking a nap now p:-)I'm looking forward if he knows this one♪ And beautiful woodpecker and butterfly photographs!
Sincerely from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

bettyl-NZ said...

Such a great series of critters.