Yes, We Have No Iguanas.

After almost two months away, I’m back home here in Florida and the first thing I noticed when I looked out at my backyard, was a distinct lack of iguanas. Some of you may remember my post about the proposed shooting of iguanas in our neighbourhood. It would seem that during my absence, the iguanas have been almost exterminated. Walking over the road to my neighbour’s house on Thursday, I saw a vehicle labelled ‘Iguana Control’, parked next to the kerb and as I walked up the path to her front door, I heard a couple of shots which alarmed me as they were so close. Apparently hundreds of iguanas have been killed in the past few weeks. I’ve only seen one sad and lonely-looking little fella since we got back, but no sign of him again over the weekend.

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So it looks like there will be no more photos of these fascinating creatures on my blog.

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I used to really look forward to seeing their hopeful little faces turned towards the sun.

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Their gorgeous colour change as mating season progressed was always a joy to behold.

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I did see Basil the basilisk lizard on his usual palm tree trunk, so good to know that he’s safe, although he didn’t look too happy. He must be wondering where all his friends have disappeared to.

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The Great Egret was looking very unimpressed with all the goings on around here, as am I.

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I wish you all a very good week. RIP poor Iggys.

 

 

 

 

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Feathers On Friday: A Snappy Dresser

I was delighted to get my first sighting of a Green Heron whilst out at the Nature reserve last Sunday, What a ‘Fashionista’ is this striking bird, balancing on slender yellow legs, with his velvet-green back, rich chestnut body, fancy waistcoat and chic dark chapeau. Although he’s quite a small heron, that dagger-like bill looks absolutely lethal. Any unfortunate victim on the receiving end certainly doesn’t stand a chance.

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I hope this has been a good week for you all and that the weekend will be most enjoyable. This is my last weekend here in Florida before we leave for England next Saturday.

Mundane Monday: Just A Pigeon

“No, I’m not JUST a pigeon! My fancy name is Indomalaya Dove and by the way, don’t you just adore my new red footwear?”

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Sometimes we forget just how extraordinary the more common varieties of birds are. Everything in nature is beautiful in its own way.

Wishing you all a happy week ahead.

Pull Up A Seat In Memory Of……

It’s time once more for XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’.

Our favourite local wildlife reserve is frequented by many elderly folk who come to admire the birds and generally just to sit and enjoy the peacefulness found in nature. Dotted along the boardwalk are benches donated by grateful families in memory of their loved ones who used to enjoy walking and resting here.

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The benches are all very plain and serviceable,

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but the view from this one is absolutely wonderful,

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and sitting up there on the guard rail was this Little Blue Heron, having  a very cute bad hair day.

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Happy Sunday to you all.

If you’d like to join in XingfuMama’s Pull Up A Seat Challenge, just click the link here.

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Turtle Party In The Swamp

Looks like the turtles are having a jolly get together in the swamp.

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“Hey there, why not come over? We’re having a party.”

 

Little Tommy is a loner and prefers his own company.

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“Sorry guys, but I really have to wash my shell.”

 

Theresa on the other hand, is always game for a party.

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“Hey guys, don’t start without me! I’m paddling as fast as I can.”

 

Happy Thursday, everyone.

Welcome Easter Visitors

How lovely it was to see Rosie Spoonbill down at the water’s edge on Sunday morning. She’s back again today, so I’m hoping she’ll be a regular visitor.

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What would Easter be without a Bunny hopping by,

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or Mrs Beakley proudly showing off her new brood of  ducklings?

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Wishing you all a great week ahead.