Saturday, May 1, 2010

Camera Critters

Camera Critters is hosted every Saturday by the lovely Misty. Be sure you visit!

Last week Mr. Dragon and I decided to visit the Japanese Garden in Hermann Park.

It was a beautiful afternoon. Little humidity.

On the way to the Japanese Garden we saw a few feathered critters.





Black-bellied Whistling Ducks with Friend


A couple of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks with friend.


Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Black-Bellied Whistling Duck

I have a story for you about the Whistlers. Last year Mom Whistler made her nest in the sculpture garden at the Museum of Fine Arts -- several very long blocks from this lake. When her eggs hatched, several birders at the museum kept an eye on the youngsters and one day were able to capture them and take them to the lake at Hermann Park. They figured Mom could and would fly over, but the youngsters would never make it across the streets to water. I'd like to think that the Whistlers we saw are those same babes all grown up.


Rabbit

Inside the gates of the Japanese Garden we found this little guy.
He has a white tail ... cotton tail perhaps.


Bunny


This little bunny was smaller than the first. A little family.

More critters in the Japanese Garden next week!

Happy Critter Day!


25 comments:

Maria-Thérèse afiori.com said...

These are the most beautiful photos I've seen in a long time! LOVE! And such cute animals. I want to be friends with all of them - I bet the birds could totally discuss literature with me. Or chocolate.

Naturegirl said...

I have never heard of or seen Black-bellied Whistling Ducks! How gorgeous they are!
I see that you also have a family of fur babies..me too! Yours are beautiful. Your recent post of the image of Monet's garden brings back memories of my visit there!sigh.

Captain Shagrat said...

White duck looks very interested in the twins but they they are giving each other that knowing look. 'Here's another chancer bozo duck'

A Garden of Threads said...

Love the first shot of the three ducks. The whistlers seem to be deciding it the white guy is Ok. Great photos.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Do the Whistler Ducks actually whistle? Mr. Cottontail is not a friend in my garden I am afraid as he eats all my plants. Valerie

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Very nice shots. Beautifully done.

Darryl and Ruth : )

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Snap: Loved the ducks, very cool photos.

jabblog said...

Aww - just gorgeous! - and I'd like to think the Whistler ducks are the babes all grown up, too!

EG Wow said...

LOVE your ducks and bunny photos. The first photo really look like the white duck is coming up to visit with the black-bellied whistling ducks. (And maybe it was!)

Michael said...

All good pics. Top one makes you smile.

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

Whistler ducks, that is the first I've heard of them, but they are beauties. So graceful looking and look at that one standing on one foot! Colors are incredible too.

eden said...

Beautiful photos. love the first one the most.And such a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

siromade08 said...

Love the photos of first one the 3 ducks, they're very neat and clean shots.

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello sweetie, how are you!
ahhh those little guys at the first shot are having a good converstion, maybe some gossips?LOL
Cute post and beautiful creatters!
Have a cool Sunday
purrs and love
We love Luna - by Luna

Dave said...

These are great shots but my favourite is the first one I must admit.

Misty Dawn said...

Outstanding post! The Whistlers (which I had never heard of until now) are really neat looking ducks! They almost look like velvet! Love this post.

Sarah said...

Oh oh oh those ducks are so coooool!! And the bunnies..I do so love the bunnies!!
Hugs and love, Sarah

Teresa~ Gardening with Soule said...

I love your pictures. Those birds look like they are having a conversation.

LDH said...

Love your Mosaic Monday post and seeing the photo's of your time at the Japanese Tea House.

But, I have to comment on the beautiful photos of the ducks. Occasionally I see photos that have amazing clarity and I wonder how you get that kind of shot. Do you have any pointers?

Kindly, ldh

Shelle said...

very nice, i've seen somewonderful photos of japanese gardens over the years...my folks went to japan too.

i noticed your photos of monet's gardens...you should check out frau's blog...she lives in germany and was just there and took such pretty photos.

http://fraukmwest.blogspot.com/

Ladynred said...

Beautiful ducks and bunny!

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Denise said...

Great photos and I enjoyed the story about the Whistling Duck. We don't get those around here.

Johnny Nutcase said...

these are all great, made me smile :! :)

Janet said...

Ducks and bunnies....that definitely says springtime to me. He's such a cute little guy!

Grace and Bradley said...

I love the first photo, they seems to have such a good time chatting with each other.