Winter Birds and Raptors Beautiful Creatures

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My favorite time of the winter is to capture the Birds of Beauty . Winter they are all dressed up in there thick feathers that just makes them beautiful. Everything from Red Shoulder Hawks , Red Tail Hawks to that Gorgeous Red the Cardinal  Male shows off.  

The Missouri Bird ” Eastern Blue Bird ” You will seem him on the tree above along with the 
 

 

 

 

Trip to the Wilderness to Relax

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I Had to get away from the stresses of life.. We went to St Francois Park in Bonne Terre Mo. It was just so beautiful with the river and all the bluffs. It amazing how just getting away into nature changes your mind and makes you feel renewed.

Sun Ray Glow

Sun Ray Glow

Just Beautiful

Just Beautiful

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Waterfall

Oh My Deer

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Well, I did not go another season without capturing my most favorite wildlife creatures. The Deer. On my walks I was lucky enough to capture such beauty and grace.
I try to get through as many Missouri parks as I can. These were captured at Jefferson Barracks in South County , Mo as well as Route 66 park located in Eureka,Missouri. I so enjoy watching them.Hope you enjoy these majestic creatures.

Please check out this wonderful group who rescues our wildlife deer takes care of them then releases back to the wild!! THANK YOU! Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue
http://www.kindredspiritsfawnrescue.org

Synchronize Skating Geese

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Synchronize Skating Geese

Synchronize Skating Geese

I captured these at the West City Park in Festus, Missouri. I just found it so cute how the look like they are doing synchronize swimming. As its name suggests, West City Park is located near the City’s western boundary. Bordered on the east by Joachim Creek, the park includes more than 100 acres of open space, pavilions, ball fields, water features and more. West City Park boasts one of the newest and most modern ball field complexes in the region. It also features a three-acre lake, a fairgrounds area for large events, and 1.5 mile bicycle trail.

Contest Winner at JAVA Magazine

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THANK YOU JAVA JOURNAL !! Proud to to have been RUNNER UP in the “WINTER WONDERLAND CONTEST”
http://www.javajournalstl.com/ Magazine PAGE 20 FEB ISSUE- YOU WILL SEE check it out !!
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Runner Up in Magazine

Sandy Creek Cover Bridge in Missouri

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Well, I got to get out a little bit during the snow storm and very cold temps. I only went one place as it was just to cold. I am ready for spring. Don’t get me wrong I love snow , just not the extreme cold temps. Hope you enjoy!

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                                                         Just wanted to see Red

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                                I just love this one with the ice and the snow just glistening:)

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                  I wanted to capture the detail of the sun shadows and the foot prints in the snow.

My Cardinal Bird Captures

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PLEASE ALWAYS REMEMBER THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE COPYRIGHT, Protected by United States Copyright and the Property of FranzsFeaturedFotos, Peggy Franz

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The male Northern Cardinal is perhaps responsible for getting more people to open up a field guide than any other bird. They’re a perfect combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style: a shade of red you can’t take your eyes off. Even the brown females sport a sharp crest and warm red accents. Cardinals dont migrate and they dont molt into a dull plumage, so theyre still breathtaking in winters snowy backyards. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning.

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Another Adventure to Pickle Springs Natural Spring

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Pickle Springs Natural Area is a deep, forested gorge consisting of geological formations and plants that are found in few other places. Visitors will find examples of a sandstone glade, talus, forest, savanna, as well as a number of rare species of plants and animals. The area is noted for its blooming wild azalea and wildflowers in the spring. Great after a beautiful snow fall as you see. According to local legend, the area is named after William Pickles, a settler from Illinois who owned the land until he was shot by a band of renegades during the Civil War. Pickle Springs and other area creeks flow into Pickle Creek, which in turn traverses into Hawn State Park.

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The trail at Pickle Springs Natural Area may be short, but it packs in a ton of scenic beauty.

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The 2 mile loop goes by sandstone canyons, glades, bluffs, waterfalls and wanders through a hoodoo complex.

My Blue Jay Captures

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The Blue Jay This common, large songbird is familiar to many people, with its perky crest; blue, white, and black plumage; and noisy calls. Blue Jays are known for their intelligence and complex social systems with tight family bonds. Their fondness for acorns is credited with helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period.is a passerine bird in the family Corvidae, native to North America. It is resident through most of eastern and central United States and southern Canada, although western populations may be migratory. It breeds in both deciduous and coniferous forests, and is common near and in residential areas. It is predominately blue with a white chest and underparts, and a blue crest. It has a black, U-shaped collar around its neck and a black border behind the crest. Sexes are similar in size and plumage, and plumage does not vary throughout the year. Four subspecies of the Blue Jay are recognized.
The Blue Jay mainly feeds on nuts and seeds such as acorns, soft fruits, arthropods, and occasionally small vertebrates. It typically gleans food from trees, shrubs, and the ground, though it sometimes hawks insects from the air. It builds an open cup nest in the branches of a tree, which both sexes participate in constructing.

 

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Beautiful Eagles

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My favorite time of the year to take photos of these birds is January through March. This are taking at Alton, Ill. and Grafton, Ill. That is were they migrate for the winter. This winter it was a mild winter, but they were still very active.

This is a Juvenile Eagle.

Ok! I have to Brag!! I won 3rd Place in The Rural Missouri Magazine “Sandy Creek Cover Bridge” “Historical Missouri” The Best of Rural Missouri 2011

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http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201201/index.php?startid=18  HERE IS THE ONLINE MAGAZINE LINK

I woke up last Friday morning to find a package in the door. I open it up and the letter stated that I had won 3rd place . You could imagine what came next… Thats right a big scream YEAH!! It came with a very nice Certificate and DVD with the Preview to the magazine. I did win a gift card as well. I was just so happy:) Then they sent me a bunch of copies by UPS. That was a great day!!!

True Love Cardinal Birds in the Snow

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          MATES FOR LIFE

Very fortunate to capture this lovely pair of Cardinal Birds roosting during a cold winter snowy day
Great winter Reds and Whites  FEATURED IN THE MISSOURI CONSERVATION

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