Friday Feathers: Just Pecking A Hole In Your Palm Tree

Woody woodpecker has been seen on numerous occasions, clinging to the trunk of one of our palm trees. Usually he flies away before his photo shoot, but yesterday he was too busy to notice he was being spied on. That’s quite a sizeable hole already. I hope he intends making his home there and raising a family.

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Last year, one of our neighbours across the lake told hubby that he became so irritated by the rat-a-tat-tat of a woodpecker incessantly pecking at a tree in his backyard, that he had the tree chopped down. I don’t know about you, but that’s what I would definitely call overkill. I felt sorry for the palm tree as well as the woodpecker.

Happy weekend to you all.

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Feathers On Friday: Exquisite In White

Seen at our local wildlife reserve. Mr Great Egret puts on a courtship display to attract the ladies.

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These long feather plumes are called aigrettes and in the early 1900’s, because of their especially beautiful long feathers, these birds were almost hunted to extinction when their feathers were required to adorn ladies’ hats. Happily, this terrible practice motivated bird lovers to organise the protection of these and other threatened birds, resulting in the creation of some of America’s first bird protection societies.

Wishing you all a pleasant and relaxing weekend.

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: Isolated Objects

Here’s a gorgeous tri-coloured heron in monochrome for this week’s ‘Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge‘. Still so beautiful and and even more elegant without the colour.

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Perry The Peli Practicing for Valentine’s.

Perry the Pelican was floating on the lake this morning and seemed to be practicing his heart shapes for Valentine Day.

No this isn’t quite right.

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“That’s better, but I think I need to pull my neck back just a little bit further.

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Aha…..how’s that for perfection?

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Now in the other direction.”

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If only I could just stand on my head, it would look even better.

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Wow that looks so cool. Must be trick photography, but I’ll take it.

Wishing you all a very happy week.

Feathers On Friday: Perry and Penny Get Together.

The pelicans have been rather tardy in making an appearance here this winter, but a few days ago I spotted this pair from my kitchen window.

Penny was looking down from her perch and cooing in her sultry ‘Mae West’ voice to her friend Perry ” Hey Handsome, why don’t you come up and see me sometime?”

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Perry, who had been hoping for an invitation from the beautiful lady upstairs, was in the process of preening himself.

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It didn’t take very long for him to accept her kind invite and soon the two of them were well on their way to becoming BFWB.

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Another Mae West quote which I really love, is, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

Wishing you all a very happy and relaxing weekend.