Three Little Lambs, 1

I’ve made numerous trips to see the sheep at Middleton Place over the last couple weeks, looking forward to the arrival of some lambs. May 5th was the official day the barnyard workers were giving for the four pregnant sheep in their care to deliver.

Finally, on May 9th, I found three lambs: one had been born on May 7th, and a set of twins had been born that morning.

Two Lambs with their Mothers
Two Lambs with their Mothers

The three lambs were pretty active and getting them all in one shot wasn’t happening. Notice the extra curly textured coat on the lamb on the right.

Two Newborn Lambs
Two Newborn Lambs

The families have been given a pen of their own, where they’ll stay for a few weeks. The rest of the flock spends nights in the pen on the left and days free-roaming the property; the Cashmere Goats are to the right.

Three Newborn Lambs
Three Newborn Lambs

The little ones mostly followed their own mother, legs a bit wobbly.

Newborn Lamb At Mother's Side
Newborn Lamb At Mother’s Side

They were also a bit curious about the humans watching them.

Newborn Lamb
Newborn Lamb

Mating Damselflies, On Iris, 2

I’ve developed a few more images from April 5, the amazing Damselfly dance.

Mating Damselflies on Iris
Mating Damselflies on Iris

I know tall images don’t always display well in Word Press, but I did like this with the iris in the background.

Mating Damselflies on Iris
Mating Damselflies on Iris

I did sit on the ground a couple of times, but concern about ants and alligators kept me from lingering with the low view.

Mating Damselflies on Iris
Mating Damselflies on Iris

Mating Damselflies, On Iris  Part 1

Cashmere Goat, Dinner Time

I stopped by the Middleton Place stable yard just as the Cashmere Goats were having their dinner.

Cashmere Goat, Feeding
Cashmere Goat, Feeding

One of the pair was plopped in the middle of their manger, hogging the hay and  taking advantage of a padded eating spot.

Cashmere Goat, Feeding
Cashmere Goat, Feeding

The standing goat went for a drink then shared his take on the situation.

Cashmere Goat
Cashmere Goat

Middleton Place Heritage Stable yard
April 5, 2021

Wood Stork, New Territory

I rarely see Wood Storks in the area of the heron and egret rookery at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens; if they are around they are more likely to be at the boat pond when the water is low and the feeding easier.

I was surprised to see this one standing at the edge of the pond, rather settled in.

Wood Stork Standing in Greenery
Wood Stork Standing in Greenery

For no apparent reason he took off. I did see a couple others much higher in the sky, perhaps he thought to join them.

Wood Stork in Flight, Airplane Photobomb
Wood Stork in Flight, Airplane Photobomb

One of them decided to circle back and attempt a tree-top landing at the other end of the pond.

Wood Stork Landing Precariously
Wood Stork Landing Precariously

He wobbled around a bit then flew off, towards the river.

Wood Stork Landing Precariously
Wood Stork Landing Precariously