Friday, October 17, 2014

The new babies: first glimpse

The babies have just begun to come down the orange tree and we had our first glimpse of them. Gorgeous!
Coming Out

Beautiful Tail






New Guy in Town

ET has met her match: a  gray male  has shown up and has been giving her a hard time.
We thought this was notable as we've never seen ET being challenged before. She has ruled the orange tree for some time now. Usually she delights in chasing squirrels out of her immediate area, pouncing on those that fail to move out of the way fast enough. She even does this with her own offspring. This guy has no problem standing his ground and even pounces on her, making her squeal with anger!

ET


 
 
The newcomer is  young and strong whereas ET has been around the block. The good news is, he's a male, which means he would not be challenging her tree the way a female would.
The Bully
 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Lame Duck

Yes, I must confess... I've been feeding the ducks on the Cloud 9 raft. There's this one duck that never leaves the raft. I'm not sure why, but apparently he can't swim or fly. So I fed him some bread one day and the next time I came by he recognized me! Each time I pass the raft he wags his tail like a dog. He seems to recognize me even though I'm some distance away. Who could resist that? I can't feed them sushi, so it's just bread. I've been told that bread isn't good for them but they gobble it up. I try to get bread with seeds on top. I also bought a bag of that expensive bird food with seeds and fruit but they don't go for that too much.

If it doesn't look like a duck

If it doesn't look like a duck
doesn't swim like a duck
and doesn't quack like a duck
then it's probably not a duck.

If it looks like a rat
and acts like a rat
then it's probably a rat.

Mr. Rat comes to tea

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

All Thru the Night

Armed with nothing but coffee and a camera, I was ready to take on  the Great Lunar Eclipse of October 8 2104, New York style. Here's what I got with my Canon Powershot SX510:






You can kind of see the orange now.



Looks better live streamed by NASA :(

Dawn's early light



Daybreak!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Showing off my camera

I really like my new camera. It's a Canon Powershot SX510 with a 30x optical zoom. The pictures of the view from my window really are better than before, I think. Here are a few that show what I mean.










Monday, September 22, 2014

Hornets Nest

By the basketball court at Peter Cooper Village

it's as big as a basketball!






A squirrel is watching





Don't worry, I won't get any closer!
 
 
Eeek!