A pair of Turkey Vultures landed on our apartment building roof to do a mating dance. But, apparently, the male (left) wasn’t the female’s choice, as she was the first to lift off, leaving her suitor behind! That is rather a are-you-kidding look from the female…!
I photographed this Cardinal pair in a vivid color setting to make them stand out against all the new colorful, overwhelming Spring foliage of the tree.
This pair of Canada Geese were an interesting story. They raised seven goslings in the Spring of 2015. I watched the family grow until Fall, when this picture of the parental pair was taken. They had just returned from leading their five offspring to another location down river from the birthing nest. (I had followed their sojourn, keeping them in sight from the riverbank.)
Nature claimed the young ones as the parents left them to find their own lives down river. Having delivered their grown babies to the world, they turned around and swam back toward the river bridge, from which I snapped this image; then they literally continued swimming together into the sunset!
BELOW is a photo of the parents with three of their goslings. The other youngsters were nearby, as well, but I couldn’t get them all into one frame. It was a normal afternoon image seeing Mother eating with the little ones learning to follow her lead, while stoic Father kept a keen watch. I was far enough away not to disturb them, but still Father always seemed to look toward me, and it wasn’t unusual for him to honk his disapproval.
Two Mourning Doves used this tree to perch and communicate for several days, coming and going every now and then, resting and cooing in between trips. Finally, they started nesting in another riverbank tree closer to the bridge. The female disappeared into the branches and leaves, while the male continued to fly in and out of the nesting area for several days. He delivered house-building material, while the female took care of decorating chores.
One day soon after, they no longer were in and out of the nest, and I never was certain if eggs had been laid.
This fellow’s bellow (right) had chased away the Snapping Turtle in the upper portion of the photo, and he frightened the female (left), who plunged into the water instantly after I took this snap. I can’t be certain that they paired off, but he dashed into the water after her, so I think he, at least, had pairs in mind!