We have so many creatures around here, it's fun to drive into town and see the variety. I was going into town recently when I spotted this group standing just inside a drive. So I pulled over, just enough to get off the road, roll down the window and take a shot with my point and shoot. I got two photos when suddenly a propane truck came barreling in behind me to go up that drive. The deer scattered and I pulled out quickly to let him pass. Slow down, people! We have deer around here all the time, but not usually standing around in a clear spot during the daytime.
A couple weeks before, we were driving back home and I was pretty sure I saw a heron by the side of the road. We are not on the coast, rather inland with no lakes or big rivers nearby. So I thought, "Huh?" On this day when I saw the deer, I saw the heron again as I drove further toward town. Errrrrrr (that's the sound of me pulling over)
I was quite far away, standing behind my truck, being super stealthy. But he/she knew I was there. Every time I moved a little closer, he moved too. Then he went into his own super stealth mode. What the heck? This is ranchland.
I found it pretty amusing. A lady across the road came out to get her mail so I asked her about the heron. She had no idea, but said they'd been hanging around and were known to eat the fish out of the stock tanks. Are they lost? I don't know.
I was sitting at my computer mid-morning today and heard the dogs barking. Nothing new there, but I looked out to see what was going on. There was a heron sitting down on one of our fences with the donkeys grazing nearby. Trying again to be stealthy, I got my camera, then slowly slid the door open a little. Zoey acknowledged me (no stealth with her) and the heron took off before I could get a shot.
I'm on heron lookout now. Very strange happenings in the hood.