Where Do Babies Come From?

Where Do Babies Come From?

Remember when you were little and surprised the adult responsible for your upbringing with the question, “Where Do Babies Come From?”  The quick answer was “The Stork” brings them. As you grew older, how many cartoon figures do you remember seeing with “The Stork” happily floating in the blue sky wearing a Postman’s cap with a cute little cherub hanging from its beak in a diaper?  “The Stork” shown in this blog is not the one we were told about early in our lives. I suspect it’s retired. 

This blog features a Wood Stork I photographed while it was standing on a small island in a private pond near Corpus Christi, TX.  The Wood Stork is the only native stork found in the US. It is found year-round in Florida and visits elsewhere in the southeast in the summer and along the gulf coast. They have been known to fly as high as 6,000 feet and as far as 50 miles in search of food. A group of Wood Storks are often called “A Clatter of Storks”, “A Muster of Storks” as well as “A Swoop of Storks”.

 

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Etcetera,Etcetera, Etcetera

Etcetera, Etcetera, Etcetera

 

This is the last of my Etcetera Blogs. In case you haven’t figured it out, I borrowed from Yul Brynner’s line in The King and I, Etcetera, Etcetera, Etcetera, as he would converse with Debora Kerr.

This blog is a random collection of my photographs from A to Z.

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Until another day!!!!

 

Rufous Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Plumeria
Plumeria
My Beach Bentely used while searching for the Kemps Ridley turtle.
My Beach Bentely used while searching for the Kemps Ridley turtle.
What's Left of Shane's Cabin, Jackson Hole, WY "Shane,Come Back Shane"
What’s Left of Shane’s Cabin, Jackson Hole, WY
“Shane,Come Back Shane”
Young Moose, Grand Teton NP, WY
Young Moose, Grand Teton NP, W
White Sands National Monument, NM
White Sands National Monument, NM
West Point Military Academy, NY
West Point Military Academy, NY
Port Aransas Sand Sculpture Contest
Port Aransas Sand Sculpture Contest
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Home, Hyde Park, NY
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Home, Hyde Park, NY
Key West, FL
Key West, FL
Mesa Arch, Canyonlands NP, Moab, UT
Mesa Arch, Canyonlands NP, Moab, UT
Outer Banks, NC
Outer Banks, NC
Gulf of Mexico Sunset
Gulf of Mexico Sunset

 

 

 

 

Michal B. Thomas

Collective Nouns

Collective Nouns

 

Can you remember learning about a collective noun in your ninth grade English class? Boy, I surly do. Mr. Ellis made certain we could properly diagram, yes, diagram, a sentence containing a collective noun. Well, just in case you have forgotten all you learned about this important part of the English language, this blog will refresh your memory.

A collective noun is a word used to represent a group of people, animals, or things. Examples of collective nouns are herd of cattle, colony of ants, school of fish, or flock of birds to name just a few. I have chosen to illustrate the collective noun flock with sixteen of my bird photographs.

A flock is defined as a number of birds of one kind feeding, resting, and traveling together. Rather than referring to a flock of birds, folks in the bird world have created other names for different birds as you will read in the caption under each photograph.

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A Grain of Sanderling
A Grain of Sanderling
A Posse of Wild Turkey
A Posse of Wild Turkey
A Conspiracy of Black Skimmer
A Conspiracy of Black Skimmer
A Squadron of White Pelican and A Flotilla of Gull
A Squadron of White Pelican and A Flotilla of Gull
A Fling of Willet
A Fling of Willet
A Cloud of Red - winged Blackbird
A Cloud of Red – winged Blackbird
A Cast of Green Jay
A Cast of Green Jay
A Congregation of Great Egret
A Congregation of Great Egret
A Swoop of whooping Crane
A Swoop of Whooping Crane
a Whirligg of Wilsons Phalarope
a Whirligg of Wilsons Phalarope
A Lute of Mallard
A Lute of Mallard
A Merl of Yellow - headed Blackbird
A Merl of Yellow – headed Blackbird
A Bowl of Roseate Spoonbill
A Bowl of Roseate Spoonbill
A Gulp of Neotropical Cormorant
A Gulp of Neotropical Cormorant
A Battery of Great Blue Heron
A Battery of Great Blue Heron
A Ballet of Trumpter Swan
A Ballet of Trumpeter Swan

 

 

 

 

 

Snack Time

Snack Time

This Blogger/Photographer was fortunate enough to be standing in the right place at the right time, with Nikon slung around his neck, to capture this beautiful adult Tricolored Heron searching, stalking, catching and savoring a mid- morning snack.

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A Senior Citizen Science Project

A Senior Citizen Science Project

This Blogger and his Chief Editor, while attending the 2016 Whooping Crane Festival, had the opportunity to hear an expert speak about the life, biology, of monarch butterflies. The information presented was so informative and entertaining that we were motivated to become involved in the life cycle of the beautiful monarch butterfly. A Senior Citizen Science Project sprang forth on March 11 with the purchase of a $20 potted milkweed plant.

The monarch butterfly is found throughout the United States as well as Mexico and Canada. Astonishingly, these small insects can make a 3,000-mile journey in the fall of the year to their wintering location in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Mexico or to southern California, depending on which part of the United States or Canada they migrate. The monarchs in this blog are migrating North from Mexico because they are on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains. Monarchs can fly 50 to 100 miles per day; it can take up to two months to make the trip to their winter home. Monarchs produce four generations during one summer. The first three generations have a life span of 2-6 weeks and will continue moving north. During this time, they will mate and have the next generation that will continue the northward migration. The fourth generation is different. They can live up to nine months before the long journey to their winter home in California or Mexico.

The photographs in this blog are intended to inform and show the four stages in the fascinating life of a monarch butterfly. The four stages are:

  • The eggs stage which lasts about four days.
  • The caterpillar(larva) stage lasts about two weeks.
  • The chrysalis(pupa) stage lasts about ten days.
  • The adult stage of the Monarch butterfly lasts from 2-6 weeks and then the next generation process begins repeating the same process except for the fourth generation.

On April 17 our project ended when the last of our monarchs suddenly took flight from my finger in a northerly direction which caused happiness along with some sadness. Happy because our project produced 6 first generation female monarch butterflies; sad because they will never return – empty nest.

You should know that the monarch butterfly population has been on the decline due to habitat loss. One way to help is to plant milkweed to provide a place for the monarch butterfly to lay her eggs and provide food for the caterpillar. Spring forth with a Senior Citizen Science Project next spring

MILKWEED PLANT - MARCH 11 BEGINS THE PROJECT
MILKWEED PLANT – MARCH 11 BEGINS THE PROJECT
MONARCH LAYING EGGS - STAGE ONE
MONARCH LAYING EGGS – STAGE ONE
LARVA-CATERPILLAR - STAGE 2
LARVA-CATERPILLAR – STAGE 2
3 LARVA- CATERPILLARS - STAGE 2
3 LARVA- CATERPILLARS – STAGE 2
LARVA -CATERPILLAR - STAGE 2
LARVA -CATERPILLAR – STAGE 2
5 LARVA - CATERPILLARS - STAGE 2
5 LARVA – CATERPILLARS – STAGE 2
2 LARVA - CATERPILLARS - STAGE 2
2 LARVA – CATERPILLARS – STAGE 2
5 LARVA - CATERPILLARS - STAGE 2
5 LARVA – CATERPILLARS – STAGE 2
CATERPILLAR BEGINNING PUPATION - STAGE 2
CATERPILLAR BEGINNING PUPATION – STAGE 2
CHRYSALIS - STAGE 3
CHRYSALIS – STAGE 3
FIRST GENERATION FEMALE MONARCHS - STAGE 4
FIRST GENERATION FEMALE MONARCHS – STAGE 4
11 Chrysalis - STAGE 3
CHRYSALIS – STAGE 3
FIRST GENERATION FEMALE MONARCH - STAGE 4
FIRST GENERATION FEMALE MONARCH – STAGE 4
APRIL 17 THE LAST ADULT
APRIL 17 THE LAST ADULT
APRIL 17, SHE LEFT FROM MY FINGER HEADED NORTH
APRIL 17, SHE LEFT FROM MY FINGER HEADED NORTH

 

 

Etcetera, Etcetera

Etcetera, Etcetera

Etcetera, Etcetera is the second blog in a series of three showing a diverse collection of my photographs.

Alaska
Alaska
Pistachio Trees, Alamogordo, NM
Pistachio Trees, Alamogordo, NM
Caught With Hand In The Candy Jar
Caught With Hand In The Candy Jar
Hibiscus
Hibiscus
Javalina, South Texas
Javalina, South Texas
Korean Memorial - Washington, DC
Korean Memorial – Washington, DC
Landscape Arch - Arches NP, UT
Landscape Arch – Arches NP, UT
Looking Through A Waterfall - Dallas, TX
Looking Through A Waterfall – Dallas, TX
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA
My Madison River therapy Center - ID
My Madison River Therapy Center – ID
Pronghorns, Yellowstone NP, WY
Pronghorns, Yellowstone NP, WY
Raindrops On The Web - Spider
Raindrops On The Web – Spider
Jasminia Off Shore Accommodation Rig Being Towed To A Location In The Gulf of Mexico.
Jasminia Off Shore Accommodation Rig Being Towed To A Location In The Gulf of Mexico.
The Original Smokey Bear Grave Site, Capitan, NM
The Original Smokey Bear Grave Site, Capitan, NM
Summer Tanager
Summer Tanager
Texas
Texas

 

2016 Spring Migration Part 2

These twelve photographs are a continuation of last week’s migration photographs.

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Yellow-Throated Warbler
Yellow-Throat Warbler
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird
White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Swainson's Thrush
Swainson’s Thrush
Solitaire Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Northern Parula Warbler
Northern Parula Warbler
Immature Indigo Bunting
Immature Indigo Bunting
Female Orchard Oriole
Female Orchard Oriole
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-winged warbler
Blue-winged warbler
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
American Redstart
American Redstart

 

2016 Spring Migration Part 1

2016 Spring Migration Part 1

The 2016 spring migration has begun along the Texas coast. Each time I go out to photograph these migrants, I see something new. This is the reason I will be publishing a 2016 Spring Migration Part 2.

All of the bird photographs in Part 1 and Part 2 were taken in Port Aransas, TX at the two most popular birding sites, Joan & Scott Holt Paradise Pond and Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center.

Click on each photograph to enlarge

 

Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting
Immature Indigo Bunting
Immature Indigo Bunting
Wilson's Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Summer Tanager
Summer Tanager
Worm-eating Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Orchard Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Immature Male Orchard Oriole
Immature Male Orchard Oriole
Louisiana Watethrush
Louisiana Watethrush
Common Yellowthroat Warbler
Common Yellowthroat Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Lesser Yellowlegs Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs Sandpiper
Painted Bunting
Painted Bunting

 

 

 

 

 

Photographs of My travels