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Finally

Spring proved the last few weeks why, as some of you already know, it is my least favorite season.  Rainy and cold.  Between the weather and my employer, I haven’t been able to get out on a day off to go hiking or shoot photographs.  Until today.

The tourists are back.  Only a trickle compared to what there will be in a few weeks, but enough to stir up the parks.  So I get to see a lot of deer running, like the photo below.  A boy, probably in his mid to late teens, had been beating through the brush, collecting butterflies or insects or something, which meant he chased the deer out of where they hide.  I had tracked some and could see where they were going, so I headed to a spot in the park that acts like a funnel where I can get deer shots.  When I got to a place where I could see the funnel, I could see other people, which meant the deer would have turned back around.  That meant they had turned back into the insect gatherer.

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This doe popped out of the woods in front of a group of tourists and had run about a hundred feet before they even noticed.  I watched it run across two fields and head toward one of their known hideouts. 

IMG_4835a I decided to head over there, and took a few bird shots along the way. 

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This swallow sat on top of a bird box.  It let me walk up on it, getting to within about eight feet before it flew away.  The photo below shows how close it let me get.

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I’ve been able to do this with swallows before.  Very territorial birds, they will swoop at anything they feel is a threat to them.  It apparently didn’t feel threatened by me.  Unlike the bird below. 

I’ve been seeing them off and on while hiking.  Seeing them in February, I thought they must be migrating.  Seeing them in March, I thought, Kind of late for them to be migrating.  Seeing them in April, I became convinced they must be living here.  Now I have no doubt that we have Eagles living in the area.  Don’t tell anyone at the Dane County Regional Airport.  They don’t like birds.

IMG_4882a It flew over the top of some trees headed right toward me, until it saw me on the trail below and then it veered off.  I managed to snap four shots before it disappeared.

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