House Finch

This cheerful sounding little House Finch flew in for a visit today. It looks like there is a lot more activity with the birds in my area. Perhaps many of them are passing through while some will be building nests nearby soon.

Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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All Ears

This little rabbit perked its ears up for a moment while in the middle of nibbling on a few seeds that had fallen to the ground from a nearby bird feeder. I’ve noticed a larger variety of wildlife beginning to emerge as the weather is warming up 🙂

Photo by Jeffrey Foltice

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Sign of Spring

This morning I saw the first robin of the year here as the skies were sunny and beginning to melt the recent snowfall. Its been a mild winter in Southwest Michigan, although the month of March has been colder and had its share of snowfall so far. I’m looking forward to no more snow soon until next winter 🙂

Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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Passing Through

These starlings paused to rest as they seemed to be passing through the area. I’ve noticed bird activity starting to pick up lately. Despite recent snowfall, they seem to sense Spring is on the way 🙂

Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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Flight

A moment of flight frozen by the camera can sometimes be a challenge to capture, but always fun to see. At 1/1,250 of a second late in the day, I had to use an ISO of 3200 for the lower light conditions.

Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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Beauty in Nature

The local rooster decided to visit again today looking for the bird feeder overflow of seeds. This time he allowed me to photograph him much closer. I was impressed with the beauty of his feathers as you can see in the images below 🙂

Photos Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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Day of the Chicken

Today I had some unexpected visitors looking to get their share from a bird feeder’s overflow. They didn’t seem to mind my photographing them at the time as long as they got their lunch. Although the rooster gave me a pretty tough look as he walked away seeming to warn me not to mess with him or those under his protection 🙂

Photos Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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Pink Surprise

I found this little pink colored surprise waiting for me outside my door today and had to share it here. It actually was quite large for moths I’ve seen, this one measuring about 4 inches wingtip to wingtip. Its been a while since I posted, hopefully I’ll have more time the rest of this summer. In the meantime, enjoy nature’s work of art here 🙂

Note: A good friend of mine pointed out that this is probably an Imperial Moth. Here’s a link with more info 🙂

http://www.carolinanature.com/moths/imperialmoth.html

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In Touch with Nature

With the sun shining brightly today, I decided to take a journey outdoors to get in touch with nature and at the same time hopefully find a few subjects worthy of capturing with my camera. You can be the judge if I succeeded 🙂

Photos Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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Horses under a Willow tree

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The remains of seed pods near the shore 0f a river

Reflection

Reflections of trees along a river’s shoreline

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A landscape with interesting color, texture and contrast

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A gull swimming with its wake trailing behind

 

 

Survival Secrets of Turkey Vultures

Debra Toor

Debra Toor

I’m pleased to introduce you to author Debra Toor.

I was intrigued when Debra asked for permission to use one of the photos I had posted here on photonatureblog.com of a turkey vulture for her book cover. I had taken the photo in Saugatuck, Michigan of the bird as it was eating a fish. Debra’s recently published book, “Survival Secrets of Turkey Vultures” had some wonderful and interesting information about this subject.

 

Turkey Vulture

Photo by Jeffrey Foltice

“The publication of a book that tells the story of turkey vultures and creates connections for readers has been emotionally rewarding. This book is a tribute to vultures. It is critical for readers to connect with vultures locally and globally.  In recent years, vultures have vaulted into prominence. Population declines of vulture species in Asia and Africa have drawn attention to their valuable ecosystem services: Purifying ecosystems and preventing the spread of diseases,” she said.

Debra spent three years researching and writing this book, interviewing biologists and ornithologists in both Canada and the United States. In addition she collected data from peer-reviewed journals and researched the work of nature photographers who have documented turkey vultures in their native habitats.

Debra has always had an interest in nature-

“A few years ago, I was conducting a farm harvest tour for students.  The farmer pointed to three soaring vultures.  He revealed that these vultures would soon begin their journey south, but would return to the area in early spring. I started to wonder about the vultures.  What motivated these birds to migrate to Canada? I began to explore books, journals, and online bird sites. I was hooked.”Toor_Cover

Debra added:

“The next time you see a vulture, observe their behavior.  Spread the word about these helpful scavengers.”

Celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day.  It is held annually on September 6.  Stay tuned for event ideas and learning activities at http://www.ecostoriesbydebtoor.com/

The mother of three lives with her husband in Ontario, Canada.

For more information:

Readers can explore turkey vultures by reading the book.  It includes fun learning activities.

From the publisher: Guardian Angel Publishers

http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/turkey-vultures.htm

Digital format: $5.00

Softcover:  $10.95 + $4.95 S&H

Hardcover: $15.95 + $5.95 S&H

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Survival-Secrets-Turkey-Vultures-Debra/dp/1616335718/

Softcover: $9.86 + S&H

Hardcover: $17.95 + S&H

Website:

Her website:  http://www.ecostoriesbydebtoor.com  has the following resources to supplement the book: An interactive visual glossary, and free learning activities.

The website is also packed with captivating photos, vulture facts, and much more.