Tonight I glanced out back to see the clouds and some movement caught my eye. I looked down to see three baby nutria (nutlings?) by the water's edge. Almost all baby animals are cute, but baby nutria? Just barely. Despite their nasty rat tails, the kids have a semi-cuteness about them and mostly look like beavers. They lose all cute upon adulthood, though. I mean, really--a rat tail and orange teeth? Did they lose a bet during creation?
Standard disclaimers about photo quality in these poorly-lit, far-off situations apply. Forever.
I actually took this picture after all of the nutria photos (I value accuracy!), but this was the scene that caught my attention.
And then I looked down and was all, que the heck? This little guy swam off fairly quickly from the noise of my door opening.
But this one was way too hungry to leave. Their other brother (must I now mention Newhart?) couldn't decide and was in and out of the water.
I guess this settles the question of whether geese and nutria are enemies.
Sibling bonding time.
I have no caption for this photo, so I will tell you that while out on my porch taking photos, hummingbirds kept whirring by and getting really close. I swear I almost got stabbed! They can be really crazy when they're mating.
Tired of nutria pictures yet?
I have a feeling Holly won't be crazy about this post. She can't forget the fateful day when a nutria bared its orange teeth and hissed at her.
And we're done with the nutria! But I remembered a couple of photos I took the other night when I saw a Belted Kingfisher on a nearby tree. Actually, I think this is a Queenfisher.
Good evening, your highness.
Of course I wasn't quick enough to photograph it, but shortly after this photo she dove straight into the water and then flew away (hopefully with a fish for her trouble). I know she was just doing her job, but I thought it was a cool sighting.
Okay, I'm tired now.