Monday, August 1, 2011

Birds in a cow pasture.


American kestrel.


A pair! First time I've seen more than one.


Loggerhead shrike


Cow (for all you city folks).


Another cow.

I don't see cows that often around Tampa. Just on the highways on the way to Lakeland or Orlando. I headed up to Hernando county (about an hour north of me) to find some swallow tail kites. I had read on the Florida bird forums that there were big flocks of them flying around some dirt roads. I found those kites (posting those later) but also found a few other cool things. Yes, I think cows are cool. I should spend a day on a farm milking them. Then I might not think they are so cool. But they make cute pictures. I really like the white cow above. She looks like she should be wearing a bonnet. I also found a family of kestrels but they were pretty skittish.  Somehow I managed to find the tiny loggerhead shrike. I almost drove right by it thinking it was probably a mockingbird. I also saw tons of cardinals and doves. I would have liked to have seen a meadowlark (I heard there were some there earlier) but didn't catch that one.

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19 comments:

  1. Great shots Dina. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  2. poor cow, struggling with all those flies. she looks part brahman with those 'hang-dog' ears. :)

    beautiful kestrals. i think they're one of the prettiest birds...

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  3. Larks are heard and not seen.
    Ours are, anyway.
    Love the cow with her sheepish head kneedeep in moo-food. Hope they have a salt-lick handy. Or maybe cows don't need them, with all those stomachs?

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  4. Sounds like you had an interesting day.
    The white cow does look like a brahman. I checked with Mr. Google:
    http://www.scienceimage.csiro.au/index.cfm?event=site.image.detail&id=1166

    The loggerhead shrike sure is cuter than its name suggests, isn't it?
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  5. the cow is interesting and you are right.... never think of cows in Florida!

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  6. Love those kestrels but the first cow looks a bit 'ornary' compared to the second. The second is in really good condition.

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  7. Hi there - had to laugh at the "Field Guide to Farm Animals" bit for city folk! What do you mean milk comes from cows?!

    Cheers Stewart M - Australia

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  8. First off, love the Pelican banner! And the kestrels, wow - TWO! What great luck, and a Shrike, impressive bird

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  9. Brilliant Dina... many thanks for the last two ID's lol.

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  10. Superb!!!!!Lol, cows are the best:)
    OK. I'm joking, all are terrific!

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  11. Great photos of the birds and an interesting excursion to find them.

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  12. Lovely shots Dina. Looking forward to seeing the Swallow-tailed Kites.

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  13. Nice going Dina, a double down on kestrels is quite a sight indeed. I know what you mean about cows having some kind of magnetism. Is it the forlorn look or the fact that I like milk products so well? Regardless, they are handsome beasts!

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  14. Great post Dina; and I love the white cow too :-)

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  15. Wow, I love the two kestrels together and the shrike is a cool sighting. The cows are cute. Great photos, Dina!

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  16. Nice photos Dina! The Kestrel is really beautiful. I love the cow pics too - they're very appealing!

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  17. The Kestrels are beautiful...and THE COWS are very cool too.

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