Sun Worshippers

Barn Swallows at Emiquon

Of necessity this will be short–I won’t go into my laundry list of excuses–but my theme today was inspired by the Barn Swallows above and below, sunning themselves on the platform at Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, where I went with friends mainly to see shorebirds over the weekend.

Barn Swallow sunning itself

Barn Swallow sunning itself

The Barn Swallow’s posture above reminded me of my Zebra Finches below who love to sit in the afternoon sunshine pouring through the kitchen window.

Zebra Finches in the sunny kitchen window

Zebra Finches in the sunny kitchen window

We visited Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge first, which is where we saw the most shorebirds, and I’m still going through those distant photos. Even more challenging was trying to get a handle on how many American White Pelicans were enjoying the sunshine and each other’s company. Click on the picture below and tell me if you think it’s fair to estimate 600.

600 or so American White Pelicans at Chautauqua

600 or so American White Pelicans at Chautauqua

We stopped by Banner Marsh after Emiquon to see what was up there. Not very much, but lots of Mute Swans, seemingly sunbathing near the shore.

5 Mute Swans at Banner Marsh

5 Mute Swans at Banner Marsh

And lately on the hotter days downtown, Rock Pigeons have been plunking themselves down on the grass, sunbathing. I suspect many more birds strike this pose but we rarely get to see it. Pigeons living in the city take all public spaces as their living room. Although I did have a couple other pigeons who adjusted their posture to turn their backs on me when I raised my camera. Even a pigeon craves privacy.

Pigeon sunning in Millennium Park

Pigeon sunning in Millennium Park

The butterfly below is somewhat out of context but it was a nice addition to the Lurie Garden Purple Coneflowers this past week. Butterflies are getting a lot more attention from me lately because they are few and far between. I have started to see Monarchs, ever so few, but they are not stopping for photographs yet.

Swallowtail IMG_9839_1

Black Swallowtail

I’ll be back. The days are getting shorter – that will force me back inside to my computer!

6 thoughts on “Sun Worshippers

    • Yeah, birds are funny when we catch them in those intimate “off-camera” moments. I had a thought yesterday when it was cloudy that butterflies could only be sun worshippers, they don’t show up on cloudy days!

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