Saturday, July 09, 2011

Duck nuggets and pellets

I was at the Midwest Native Plant Conference today with some of our birds.

Invariably, someone asks, "Why have raptors at a native plant conference?"  I don't answer the question for them, I let them answer it themselves.
Put native plants in your yard.
This attracts lots of great insects and other animals who depend on the native plants.
Raptors and other predators come and eat the prey that is attracted to the insects, etc, that are attracted to the native plants.  And the balance is achieved.  Easy.


So enough about native plants for now. Let's get to the gravy of my day.  I'm going to keep the words short because frankly, the photos and video stand well on their own.

I set up by some doors that led to a courtyard.  Well, there were ducks.  A mama duck and BABY DUCKS.
Baby ducks are my Kryptonite.  This loud and obnoxious gal turns into sugary goo when baby ducks are involved.

Here they are:

babies and mom duck


baby ducks3


mom and baby ducks2

baby ducks2


And after all the squealing and melting was done, I went back inside, where Sylvester was trying to cast a pellet.
Check out the laughing in the background...this woman seems to be a little bit off-balance.
But anyway....pellet time:

5 comments:

Murr Brewster said...

You got what I would consider the perfecta of personal photographs: baby ducks with reflected skinny self.

Anonymous said...

hi susan! this is erica collins; do ya remember me?! good to see yer still around! still blowin' yer horn...so to speak...

nina said...

So COOL!
I have never seen owls do this, though I find pellets in the woods all the time.
Nice to see you, too... and the Raptor birds at the Symposium.

Susan Gets Native said...

Murr: The skinny one is a guy at a vendor table.

Nina: It was fun to be there. And to see you. :)

ERICA!!!! OMG! Email me right now!!
capricorn1273@cinci.rr.com

David Riewe said...

Wow, your owl is so cool, I am glad I found your blog.