Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wild Things, Part 2: Rae's backyard

Doesn't it seem strange that I encountered more wildlife in my friend Rae's suburban backyard last weekend than I have in the past six months near my home out in the "country"?

First, there was this bunny.

Okay, I do spot bunnies near us, but they're always on the run (from the puppies.) 
Any photo I take is a blur of a white tail, if I'm lucky enough to get that much!

I appreciated this one standing still for me.

Would you believe a killdeer has nested right smack dab in the middle of Rae's backyard?
She's a little upset in this photo...

...because she's protecting these...

...from this!

Rae wouldn't normally aggravate an animal (that's why they're all living in her yard!) but she knew I'd want to snap a shot of the beautiful eggs. 
Thanks, Rae and Ms. Killdeer!

Okay, it's obvious these aren't real fish, but they're still pretty wild, aren't they?

Rae's dogs are only wild when there's a pool and a ball involved.

Here's Molly, showing perfect form...

The ducks were the best models, though. 
Most of the time this one could be found on her nest, hidden away in some tall grasses beside the pool.

She finally took a break and I captured a shot of her eggs.

And then a few of the lovely couple going for a morning swim.

The missus is the one with the fancy, of course.
(Oops, I've just been corrected. That's actually the mister! I guess in the bird world, that figures. He's the flashiest, for sure!)

Stay tuned for Wild Things, Part 3: My parent's backyard


  1. Hi Barbara, Great shots, love the dog photos!it looks really warm there...still Clo here..waiting for summer.

  2. Lovely pictures as always...
    Greetings from France,


  3. What a terrific back yard! Literally so full of life! Excellent shots Barbara. It would be fun to watch all those eggs hatch!
    xo Catherine

  4. Great shot of that killdeer! We have them around here, but I can't get close enough even with my 400mm!

  5. I've never heard of a killdeer but it's a good-lookin' bird! Such wildlife in the burbs!

  6. A lot going on in this backyard!
    Wonderful photogoraphs Barbara!

  7. how fun.....the animals and that pool !!


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