The Great Egret and the frog

 

This Great Egret, wading around in the shallow water, had just caught a frog as I happened upon the scene. Not bothered by my presence, he continued to enjoy his tasty treat.

“If you have to swallow a frog, don’t stare at it too long.”  ~Mark Twain

The armadillo

Probably due to poor eyesight, this armadillo seemed oblivious to our presence as we sat and watched him forage along the ground for food.  He used his sharp sense of smell to sniff out prey and his strong claws, pointy snout and long tongue to dig and pull them up.  On this particular day, juicy worms seemed to be the preferred choice of grub.

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” ~Napoleon Hill

Going fishin’

We spotted this Great Blue Heron along the Reelfoot Lake spillway.  Its mind was singly focused on one thing — catching lunch — which it promptly did, and swallowed whole.

“Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.”  ~LL Cool J

Clearing out

We finally had a couple of days of sunshine before Easter and were able to get out on some of the back roads to view nature.  The theme of our drive seemed to be “animals hightailing it out of sight”, as many of the animals were skittish and in a hurry to make a quick retreat.

“Timing has a clear and loud voice.  At the right time, step out and the sound will be heard by all.”  ~Daniel Evans

Busy squirrels

I wish I had a dollar for every pecan tree seedling that I have pulled out of the flower pots in my backyard.  The squirrels have a habit of bringing pecans from other people’s yards and burying them in the pots on our deck in the fall.  Then in the spring, when the squirrels fail to retrieve them, the nuts sprout and grow.  Our backyard is too small to support pecan trees, but I’m pretty sure that we would have a whole grove by now if we had planted them all.

“Millions of trees in the world are accidentally planted by squirrels who plant nuts, then forget where they hid them.  Do good and forget.  It’ll grow some day.”  ~Anonymous