Green Heron giving me some tail.
Some areas here are wetlands abutting the huge lakes. There are many marsh grasses, that I do not know the names of, other than plants like the cattail. The Buffalo Museum of Science owns the property and they maintain it very well.
Why don’t they fly the other way?
At least the ducks don’t mind people. This is momma and BIG babies.
Great White Heron seen from afar. Wish you could ask them to move closer. I had a 300mm lens and wish I had my 400mm along.
Red Winged Blackbird giving me some lip. I am serious too, this bird was very chatty and looked a little perturbed.
Good to be green. But not for everyone.
Messy turtles. Love that green algae (NOT), it sticks to just about anything.
Man, I am stuck, little help here, please?
But this stuff does not stick much to beaver pelt. The beaver dam is right nearby.
The beaver dam. And our little friend out having a snack on algae below.
He was very wary of me, but I stayed motionless.
The green lake. The video above explains the difference between duckweed and algae. Watch the entire video, even though chemical solutions are given. The narrator explains when to and when to not use chemicals, and why conditions as shown here are not conducive to chemicals at this time. He also shows and explains that the duckweed exists in combination with the algae. I added this video because I failed to note the duckweed and a commenter, standingoutinmyfield, pointed out the pond is filled with duckweed.
I am not sure if I ever posted on the Buffalo Museum of Science Native Plant display, but they have life-sized replicas of our native flora for all seasons. It is a great learning tool for kids and adults alike. Here are some of the displays, Pond Life, Summer and Fall Plants.
Click them to see bigger.
Now, back to the birds and bugs…
Bird on a mission. This Green Heron (if I am right) was a good hunter. I caught him catching a fish. Sneaky little devil.
At least you get to see more than tail in these photos.
The rare Blue Heron, just kidding, it is that Green Heron again. It just has iridescent-like plumage and changes color depending on the way the light hits it. Here is another bird.
A little closer look. See green and blue.
This bird did not leave this spot for 30 minutes, barely even moved at all. He went in for a fish once and came up empty. I almost felt like catching him one, or sending over the little heron to give him a hand. I am not a very patient photographer. See how I was even hiding, trying to look like I know what I am doing being a nature photographer? A nature photographer would have been better prepared with the longer lens.
The whole lake is not green, thankfully. This bridge had a warning for Red Ants. I thought twice about crossing seeing the little buggers. But I did, and of course took a few bites for the cause. If they say Red Ants, take heed. They pack a mighty punch. Also, don’t stop walking. They can not catch up!
It really is a pretty place.
And a natural place too, with so much wildlife.
On the banks of the lake, they will open their wings too. There were hundreds of Red Admirals here.
I cannot leave you thinking Buffalo has only green slime, Buffalo has some pretty waterfront, not far from the Tifft Nature Preserve. Great places for wildlife and other places for people too.
And boats galore.
The grain silos. They look like ancient ruins.
Still more gardens to come… just had to slip in some animals and blue skies.