Sunday, January 9, 2011

Nature Study/ Animal Camouflage

     The colors out side right now are grey and white.  It's interesting to see how well animals with those colors blend in, and how obvious a spot of color is.  I the picture below it's easy to spot the Red Bellied Woodpecker, but can you see the other animal in the picture?
        This is another example.  Your eye is so drawn the the Woodpecker that you hardly notice the Mocking Bird.
     In fact, it's all but impossible to see.  If you need a hint, it's on the fence post. 
     All these pictures were taken through my window, as it's a little too cold to do any bird watching outside.  It has been a lot of fun watching the birds (and squirrels) come to the feeder.
     Yesterday in the snow, we saw this ambitious fellow getting what he could out of it, and today he seemed to have staked his claim on the feeder; noisily chattering and swishing his tail at the birds.

     Luckily, when he left the birds returned.  Here is one of my favorite birds, The Tufted Titmouse.

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