Yesterday we were intending to start our day with an 8am ‘Turkey Burnoff’ aerobics class at the gym, but because of having had our medical exam for our Green Card application on Wednesday, which included compulsory shots for ‘flu, pneumonia and tetanus, our arm muscles were so sore, that we decided to rather go for a walk in the Green Cay Wetlands which is just down the road. Many people had got the same idea, and the serious bird watchers were out in force equipped with humongous zoom lenses which any National Geographic photographer would be proud of.
Of course we were curious to know what all the excitement was about, and saw, way in the distance, a red-shouldered hawk, who seemed to be enjoying all the attention..
Our little Nikon zoom didn’t get such a great image, but last year, we were privileged to see a pair of these gorgeous birds up close, and they posed so nicely too.
Not nearly as rare or popular with the photographers, were the hoards of ducks who have arrived in Florida for the winter.
A little further on, we spied Mr A, sleeping his Thanksgiving Day away in the reeds.
He did have a contented smile on his face, so maybe he was having thankful daydreams.
A Wood Stork was keeping lookout from the top of a dead tree.
Mr Anhinga was also enjoying the morning sun from his favourite perch.
A pair of female Mottled Ducks were having a quiet snooze in the shade of the bridge,
as a Painted Turtle made it’s ponderous way through the reeds.
I was thrilled to see that Leo the Lion was still lurking along the boardwalk. I always look out for him, and say “Hi.”
The afternoon and evening were spent with good friends, shrimp starters, plenteous wine, delicious turkey dinner, followed by four different desserts, not least of which was my decadent chocolate pie, which went down very well.
I hope that your Thanksgiving was equally wonderful. Have a great weekend.
Super cool shots and the beauty of nature! Love your photo essay:-)
Thanks so much, Cocoa. This was almost a year ago and I enjoyed revisiting it with you. 🙂
This post is a feast in every sense of the word Sylvia! Love all your pics of your sweet animal friends…some more fierce than others…and adore Leo the Lion, what a treasure, no wonder you look out for him! Hope your Green Card application process isn’t too ‘sore’ and goes through smoothly… 🙂 xx
Thanks, Sherri. Glad you enjoyed my walk through the nature reserve. The three shots we had to have for our medical weren’t too sore at the time, but our arms were very sore for a few days. 😦
Yes, that tetanus one is particularly bad I seem to remember…hope you are feeling better now 🙂 xx
lovely pictures, Sylvia. Mr A looks like he just had a big meal 🙂 mr stork really knows how to pose. 🙂
Thanks, Lola. Yes, Mr A does look very content. 🙂
Well by now all the Thanksgiving banquets will be a memory I guess 🙂
Looks like you enjoyed yours to the full Sylvia !
Such lovely bird captures ..
Thanks, Poppy. Yes, all the banqueting is over for now, but starts again on Wednesday evening, when we go out for dinner with more friends. 🙂
Pretty neat shots even without long zoom. I love the Wood Stork.
Thanks, Rommel. Yes, I think he is king. 🙂
Such a great way to spend the day. Far better than fighting the mobs at the stores. Such lovely pictures. You are getting quite good at the bird shots and even identifying them! It must be wonderful to be surrounded by such variety.
Yes it was a wonderful morning, Gunta. The birds are really fascinating. I love them all. 🙂
Sounds like a joyful celebration, Ad. I like a nice ‘no calorie’ cake 🙂
And your bird shots are beautiful! I can feel the warmth (definitely NOT jealous). What an extraordinary looking turtle! Looks like he needed a hand. Leo- still smiling at that 🙂
Poor Leo, he does look a bit squished with people having walked over his face so often. 😦 I think there should be a “Please don’t tread on the lion” sign there. My ‘no calorie’ dessert is beckoning me from the fridge, but I will resist the urge until teatime.
A fun, exciting , adventurous way to celebrate a day of Thankfulness. Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving full of wonderful blessings.
Thanks so much for the lovely wishes, IT. Yes, we had a really lovely day. 🙂
Schöne Bilder liebe Grüße und einen schönen Samstag wünsche einen schönen ersten Advent Gruß und Freundschaft.Gislinde
Thank you so much for the good wishes, Gislinde. 🙂
Interessant collection of beautiful photos and fine to read what’s makes your day attractif.
Thanks so much, Marylou. 🙂
I’m convinced that you manage to convince those birds to actually pose for you 🙂
Absolutely! I’m the famous bird whisperer. 😀
Sylivia, Mr. A looks like he’s swallowed a full Thanksgiving bird….or twol! Love the shot of the mottled ducks from above. Wicked of you to tease us with that stunning pie 🙂
Hahaha Yes, He does look totally replete. I wonder what he had for his Thanksgiving breakfast? There’s still some pie left over. 🙂
Thanks, Kathy. 🙂
Am pleased you had a warm sunny day among nature at its best. We’re in cold Memphis with family and having a great time with the grand kids.
Thanks, Lynne. The evenings here are very cool, but nothing like as cold as Memphis. Have lots of fun with the family. 🙂
I love the lion in the tree! And all your birds were beautiful, they seemed thankful too for the sunny weather!
Thanks so much, Tiny. The lion is in the boardwalk, so he gets trodden on all the time. 😦
I saw Leo right away. I like your bird photos, many I will never see here.
Thanks so much, Donna. Glad you could see Leo the lion. 🙂
Sylvia, for being an amateur photographer, you are pretty damned good. I love that tree with the ‘lion’s face’ in it.
Thanks, Marcy. The lion’s face is actually in the boardwalk. The knots in the wood make the face. I’m sure other people walking past, wonder what’s so interesting down there that it warrants a photo. 🙂
I couldn’t go back and correct ‘tree’ in my original comment, replacing it for what I re-thought was a fence. No matter, what the wood is, the design within is well-worth the photo. Sad for anyone who couldn’t envision the uniqueness of the board. Ah! —from the artist’s eye.
A very productive stroll, Sylvia. You’ve got so many great pictures 🙂
Thanks so much, Chris. 🙂
I think you got a good alternative to gym on that day. The weather looks beautiful. A good day to go walk there and enjoy the nature (one of the resident looks a bit intimidating).
Thanks, YC. Yes it was a great alternative, and I think, far more enjoyable. 🙂
Lovely collection of photos and glad you had a beautiful day strolling amongst nature…. my favorite pastime 🙂
Thanks, Ingrid. We had a splendid morning. 🙂
That lion is so purrfect 🙂 Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 ❤
Thanks so much. He’s absolutely gorgeous. 🙂 xx
Lovely! (That your Mr.A.?) Brrrrrr!
Have a great week-end
Thanks so much, Brian. You too. 🙂
Loved your Thanksgiving stroll, Sylvia. Sounds like a pleasant Thanksgiving from first to last.
Thanks, Nancy. Yes it certainly was, and in a couple of hours we’re going round for some leftovers. I don’t know whether I have enough space for much more. 😕
Great shots. The stork is my fav.
Thanks, Norm. 🙂
Glad you had a good Thanksgiving!
Thanks, Annie. Yes we did. 🙂
We just finished having leftovers which may be better the second day then Thanksgiving. I love what you see in nature close by.
Thanks, Lulu. We’re going back for the leftovers in a couple of hours. 🙂
I thought Mr A was going to be an anhinga but it was a horrid ally instead, you can imagine my delight when the real Mr A stepped forward!
Hahaha. I won’t tell Mr A what you think of him. Gilly. We wouldn’t want to upset him, would we? 😕
Does your friend by the chocolate pie have a name? Or is he an uninvited guest? 😦
The photo was taken in my kitchen, and actually he’s a she. I haven’t yet decided what to call her, but I’ll think of something. 🙂
I beg her pardon. 🙂
You’re forgiven. 🙂
Wish I was there to see all this! awesome shots 🙂 🙂
I wish you could accompany us on our nature trips, Andy. 🙂
I so wish too 🙂 🙂
Such excellent captures Sylvia. The stork is particularly stunning.
Thanks, Sue. Yes, I also thought he was quite splendid. 🙂
Wonderful captures… 🙂
Thanks so much, Drake. 🙂
I want that pie … Oh, and the photos are nice too. 😉
Haha. We’re going back this afternoon to eat the leftovers. There’s still some chocolate pie left, so if you hop on a plane yesterday, you could make it in time. 🙂
Yeah, right! And I’ll keep some of the cake Ems made, in case you reciprocate. 🙂
I tell you what…….why don’t you eat Em’s and I’ll eat mine? I think that’s easier. 🙂
Okay. But I’ll imagine it’s your pie, how’s that? 🙂
That could work. 🙂