Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Shadow Dancers and Posts of the Week

One lovely summer day, I was out doing my usual tours around the pond. I stopped at the dam for a while, as I most often do. I have seen some of the most interesting creatures by this dam - painted turtles, mink, raccoons with their kits, ducks and ducklings, herons and countless other birds. It's always worth stopping there.

On this day, there weren't any overly interesting creatures to see but a couple of simple sparrows were displaying some curious behaviour. I watched as they would leap off of the side of the dam, face the concrete wall and flutter their wings, hovering in place. They were seemingly pecking at something on the wall. That something was out of my lens' focal range, but I presume they were enticed by insects.

Watch this little guy.

shadow jumper
He's thinking about it.

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Peering over the edge.

shadow jumping
The jump... wheeeeee!

shadow jumping and dancing
There's that fascination with the wall.

A couple of other sparrows were doing the same thing on the other side of the dam. The sun was bright and several inches behind them, their shadows followed suit. I started snapping photos of the birds pecking at the wall but ended up just enjoying all of the shadow dancing. I hope you do too.

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Pecking at the wall - followed by his shadow.

shadow dancing again
You get a good idea of the angle of the sun by looking at the shadow.

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Along came some company.

shadow dancing
Shadow dancing for two.

kingfisher and shadow
And then out of nowhere - a beautiful Kingfisher.

HAPPY 4th to all my American neighbors (without the U just for you) to the south!

And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the Week. The icon below is yours for the taking if if your blog post is named as a POTW.



Never Do This. Ever. I'm Not Kidding. Don't
by Leah
at The Goat's Lunch Pail


Repair * Reuse*Recycle
by Shammickite
at Rook's Nest

I Believe in Fairies
by Kat
at Seeking Sanity


Slip Sliding Away...
by Reena
at Missing Moments

Road Warning
by Andy
at Eye Candy

by Joeh
at Cranky Old Man


Let's Get Historical
by Dianne
at Forks Off the Moment


Art, Passion and Heart-told Tales
by Linda
at Ye Olde Crones Gazette

by Kate

at Chronicles of a Country Girl

The Day Before the Last Day
by Kerry
at Ed and Reub

Rainbows With No End
by Brian
at Waystationone

Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you.


Unknown said...

Hilary: What an amusing set of photos you've captured as usual! Your love of animals is amazing and I am enjoying this series. Also, I look forward to having a look at some amazing bloggers you're always so generous to share with us. :)

Cloudia said...

such magical shots of the mighty sparrow. Updraft?

Gotta visit POTWs!

Aloha from Waikiki
Comfort Spiral
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Kat said...

Wow! Great catch with the pics! Amazing!

Thanks for the mention! :)
I'm off to visit the others.

Rob-bear said...

I'm fascinated by those birds in your pictures. I'm guessing they are going after some insects on the concrete.

And then the Kingfisher showed up. Getting in on the party.

Barbara said...

I love those shadows! I wonder what they were pecking at? Congrats to the POTW!

Midlife Roadtripper said...

See, you always find something great to photo. Fun.

Bob Bushell said...

Chasing shadows, that's funny.

Nadezda said...

Hilary, some people are like these birds, looking back for their shadow. Only forward!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

my goodness, you get the pics don't you!

CorvusCorax12 said...

a simple Sparrow, not so simple :)...great pictures

Brian Miller said...

thank you ma'am...a little light in the dark here...smiles...congrats to the other posts of the week...

very cool shots...haha...he was they were having fun for sure...

Leah J. Utas said...

Excellent pics of the shadow dancers.

Thanks re:POTW.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Those are such neat pictures. I love the distinct shadows.Great work on these.

yaya said...

Everyday can have simple magic can't it? Great catch and great fun to watch Mother Nature baffle us!

Kerri Farley said...

How FUN!!!!!

Daryl said...

Great shadow dancing .. and wonderful POTWs

DJan said...

I love the shadow dance. They are indeed playing, don't you think? And thanks for the POTWs. I'll got some reading to do...

messymimi said...

Even the simplest creatures can entertain. Thank you.

Dianne said...

a sparrow ballet!!
only you could capture it all
I love the in flight shots and the shadows

thanks so much for the mention
you are too good to me but I love it :)

Shammickite said...

I wonder if those sparrows were all called Harvey?
(reference to Harvey Wallbanger, in case you didn't get it.... which of course I know you did!)
Thanks for picking my Tshirt dress as one of your posts of the week! Big surprise. Want one? I'll make you one. Seriously.

Maggie May said...

You seem to be in the right place at the right time with your camera.
Love the shadow dancing!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Out on the prairie said...

Very unique, something I never have tried but will now.

TexWisGirl said...

loved the shadow dancers. :) and, again, a great bunch of POTW picks! enjoyed all of them...

Tabor said...

I think I have said this before, but you have that wonderful eye to see things that the rest of us would only notice briefly. Lovely photos. I wonder what they were eating?

CiCi said...

It looks like it was a rather warm day. The birds were enjoying their playful stunts.

Thanks for the 4th of July mention for those of us in the USA. Lots going on today in this little patriotic town.

You do a good job of finding interesting posts for us to read. I will check them out.

Hope your day is lovely.

Gary said...

Thanks for the POTWs and the Fourth of July wishes.

ds said...

Wonderful photos as always (shadows in flight--awesome!). Congratulations to some of my most favorite bloggers. And many thanks for the good Fourth wishes. Hope you are beating the heat as well.

Gillian Olson said...

Love those shadows, and the kingfisher is a bonus.

OmaLindasOldeBaggsandStuftShirts said...

The photos are fabulous. I love the shadows and seeing the way you captured the birds and their antics. Great job. And thank you so much for the mention. It is very nice of you to find our story that interesting. Thanks again, Oma Linda

Unknown said...

Such interesting behavior of the sparrows! But it did make for fun observation and then the kingfisher! Have a great day H. and thanks for the POTW!

Anonymous said...

Those playful bird shots are amazing!

Betty Manousos said...

great potw picks!

and fantastic shots and texture!
love the shadow dancers:)

big hugs!

Barb said...

How curious - a mystery that needs solving. What is it about that wall? Glad you watched so you can show us.

Rita said...

So curious as to what they were munching on. Beautiful shadow shots, though. And you probably caught something hardly another soul on earth has taken the time to notice. ;)

NitWit1 said...

Shadow dancing is a whole lot better than shadow boxing. Very interesting.

There is always something out Bull Shoals Dam too, with a Lake on one side and White River on the other. Besides fisherpersons, there are buzzards, gulls in the winter, and tourists which make for fun people watching---kinda like sitting in WalMart watching people.

Gail Dixon said...

These are such fun shots. Their shadows are just as interesting as the birds themselves! And you got a Kingfisher. I've only photographed one and it was from such a long distance away resulting in a subpar photo. I love those birds.

Congrats to all the POTWers!! Will try to make time to visit.

Anonymous said...

Birdie ballet! Marvelous shots!

SandyCarlson said...

I want to jump into my life with two feet after taking in this post!

Lisa said...

I have never seen anything like this. Really awesome .
Off to check out some of your picks.
Have a great rest of the week.

Zuzana said...

Beautiful photography as always.;) Love their shadows, it gives the images an enticing feel, as the brain tries to figure out at first glance which one is the real bird.;)
Have a great end of the week dear Hilary.;)

Jo said...

That was very clever of you to catch their shadows! Love the effect, very playful and kinetic.

Mage said...

Thank you again for taking the time to read us. Thanks for inspiring us with your images. Stay cool.

Country Girl said...

Oh, my post is here! Thank you so much, Hilary ~