Redundant Rudbeckia

Yep, more rudbeckia photos.  As I said in a prior post, my garden has mostly rudbeckias and cosmoses so you will see a lot of them either as stand alones or as support for insects.

 

I don’t know if this real bee or a mimic on this rudbeckia.

 

Rudbeckia by itself

 

Another rudbeckia

 

And another rudbeckia with an unknown insect.  I think at one time I knew this insect but after about 20 minutes of searching my photos I gave up trying to figure out what it is.  I did see a few photos though that I had forgotten about, and really like, so not a complete waste of time.

 

One of my favorite rudbeckia poses:  little yellow and green fingers reaching around to protect the bud.

 

Purple coneflower seed head

 

 

 

We took our almost annual family trip to Florida last year and of all the photos I took these are the only three (other than family photos) I kept, and I’m not sure why I kept this first one of the gull.  It’s “expression” is very perplexing to me, I can’t put my finger on it.

 

I don’t know if this is a crane or an egret ore something else.  It is unique though with its pirate peg leg.

 

I used flash on this photo and the one above.  The actual sky in the raw files was a dull but bright gray and was hard to expose for detail on the bird.  In post I added a new sky to highlight the bird even more.

 

Thank you for stopping by.

David

All photos taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Sigma 105mm macro lens.

20 thoughts on “Redundant Rudbeckia

  1. I think that the white bird is an Egret, a Snowy egret. The Snowy Egrets have yellow feet. I know that you can’t see the feet, but they also have black bills. The other white bird is a Great egret, but they have yellow bills.

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  2. What wonderful pictures of the plants are these! I have no knowledge what so ever of flowers, but the shapes and colours are glorious. I Love the image of the yellow and green ‘fingers’ protecting the bud and also the ways you described it. That is so touching!

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    • Thank you Hans. I don’t use flash that often outdoors but it is a life saver when I have a strong back lit subject. It also comes in handy when shooting macro in the late afternoon and I’e got my camera poked deep in the shadows of a stand of flowers.

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  3. Very nice photos, David! That looks like a bee to me, maybe a wasp, but definitely not a fly mimic. The second one is a moth, but I can’t say more than that. I’d see if it’s a fairy moth, but they usually have longer antennae. I really like the inscrutable gull.

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    • Thanks Michael. I was leaning more toward bee than mimic but wasp didn’t occur to me. Hopefully I run across it, or another like it, again and get a better shot for ID. I was pretty sure the second was a moth and I am positive I’ve identified it before, just need to run it down. I noticed the rear end looked kind of funny and at one time thought it might be two mating, but I’m pretty sure now that is not the case. But there may be a drop of water on its rear.

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    • Thanks Donna. I’m starting to acquire quite a collection of, for lack of a better phrase, avian anomalies. I had the bald northern cardinal in 2018, this one footed egret in 2019. So far this year I’ve captured a male house finch with yellow feathers on his chest in addition to the red, and late yesterday afternoon I found a common grackle in my back yard who had some white tail feathers and a beak that look as though the point had been clipped off leaving him with a flat shovel looking beak. Who knows, In a few more years I might have enough to publish a book: Avian Anomalies (when things go wrong with birds). 🙂

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    • Thanks John. This year with the stay at home order in our county I got very few photos March through May and my garden didn’t start blooming until mid June. Then it turned HOT and MUGGY and has been that way til now. I now have a little more options of places to go to photograph but with with upper 80 and lower 90 temps and 100+ heat indexes I don’t want to go anywhere. Hopefully temps will get better and I can get in enough shots for next year’s posts. Otherwise I’ll have to start sharing pics of the grandkids. 🙂

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