Will the genuine birds please identify themselves?

Over at the ‘renovator’s nightmare’ house the other day, I saw that the pelicans are once again well established in the tall trees alongside the lake. This one does all his ablutions right there on his special branch.


This pair of Muscovy Ducks are regular visitors to our backyard.


A couple of Ibis, a glossy and a white, were having a companionable stroll along the bank.


“Now what are those two birds across the lake?” On closer inspection, I was surprised to see that they’re actually plastic imitations. Go figure!


Even in the water, there are more fake ducks. How strange is that?


Just in case you’re asking yourself whether the pelican is also an imposter, and are suspecting that someone whitewashed the foliage under his perch, to make him look authentic, here he is, having a bit of a scratch.


Ah, there goes a real bird! I guess he got a bit fed up with talking to those phony pretenders and getting no response.


Wishing you all a great hump day. This was going to be a ‘Wordless Wednesday’ post, but I had too much to say. πŸ™‚

80 comments on “Will the genuine birds please identify themselves?

  1. magnifico il contrasto di colori della prima foto! sei davvero una grande specialista nel fotografare uccelli!!
    grazie per questo magnifico viaggio, ti auguro una settimana serena
    con affetto Annalisa

  2. Interesting facts and pictures. That first shot looks like a painting – something japanese? I love the way those branches below the bird is almost mirroring it. And that dark backround really makes enhances the picture.

    • Hahaha. I also have a fake cat and also a fake dog, made of wood. They’re patiently waiting in storage, but will eventually emigrate to Florida. I can’t wait to see them again. πŸ™‚ Wishing you and granny a very happy Thursday. xx

    • Thanks, Dianne. Yes, so do I, but last night I was speaking to the woman who lives in that house with the fake ducks on the bank. She said the previous owners had put them there to attract more birds. She also said that the ones in the water aren’t fake; they just always sit on those mounds, and do occasionally fly away. I’ll have to see if they’re there when I go over again and take my binoculars. πŸ™‚

  3. Oh Sylvia that pelican pose did make me laugh .. all hunched up and no neck …
    Those birds are a real source of entertainment imposters or not πŸ™‚

  4. A Pelican could be useful for decorating a Christmas Tree with white, rather than having to buy fake snow spray!
    When I lived in a house that had a large pond full of goldfish in the garden, I owned a plastic heron. It needed moving to a new position once every three days, or the real herons would get wise to it being a phoney!

  5. I wonder why they are plastic? We have a plastic duck that we found on the Norfolk Broads about 15 years ago, once used as a decoy. Glad to know the Pelican is real! Happy Wednesday Sylvia πŸ™‚ xx

  6. Beautiful shots of these beauties Sylvia. I will sit there all day long and watch them. I can see you enjoy them as well. Thanks for sharing. πŸ˜€ β™₯

  7. Those pelicans on the dark background do look a little surreal, Ad. I thought you’d been being artistic again when I saw the first shot. Good subject matter? πŸ™‚

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