My contribution to Eileeninmd's Saturday's Critters #138. And also to Anni's I'd Rather B Birdin'.
I went for plenty of hikes on the Washington and Old Dominion trail in July, often without seeing anything to take pictures of. But August 3rd made up for all of them. My first Monarch pic of the year! But there was much more. Starting off towards a little creek that goes under the trail, I sighted what appeared to be an enormous bird. "Shirley there are no 7-8 foot birds in North America!" I thought. It was a Great Blue Heron standing on a wooden fence. Vegetation obscured the fence, so from a far, it seemed as big as an emu.
I think the bird has a sore wing, it headed down the trail and circled into the woods rather than fly.
Next I saw a pair of goldfinches. (I often see those, but they won't let me get close...and my G15 isn't great at distance shots.)
Some of the local pollinators:
So as I headed back home, I figured I'd check that creek to see if the Great Blue Heron was in it. It was! But all I got was a shot of a leg headed into the vegetation.
I panned up, and...
Here's another pic of that Monarch:
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