Feathers On Friday: “Wow, Look At Me Now!”

The Gray-headed Swamp Hen,  a vividly coloured bird in the Florida swamp, shows off his gaudy outfit.  How many of you could get away with wearing his colour combination of cherry red hat, iridescent sky blue, aquamarine, indigo and violet suit, together with school-bus yellow leggings and footwear? He really is a flashy dresser

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Wishing you all a splendid weekend.

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Just Another Rainy Sunday Afternoon

‘Woody Wood Stork’ and his backing group ‘The White Ibis’, singing in the rain. Another amazing scene through my bathroom window.

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Hope your Sunday weather is brighter than this.

Six Word Saturday: Rosie Is Feeling In The Pink

Rosie Spoonbill put in an appearance today. She was intently foraging among the sand and plants along the water’s edge, searching for shrimp, frogs, insects, crustaceans and plant bulbs.

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Wishing you all a splendid weekend.

To join in Debbie’s six word challenge, just click the link.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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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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.

 

 

Feathers On Friday: Meet Me By The Water.

Mr. GBH has been on his own for as long as I remember, but yesterday it seemed that he may have a date.

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It was looking very promising indeed.

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However, it was to come to nothing and they parted just good friends.

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I wonder if they’ll ever meet again. I’d love to see some GBH babies around the place. Call me a matchmaker if you like.

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Wishing you all a very happy weekend.

 

 

 

Feathers On Friday: Mr GBH Does A Photobomb

So, the wood stork community and a few of their Anhinga friends were just hanging out together having a casual get together and just as I’d got them nicely posed for their photo shoot………

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…. all of a sudden, a very streamlined Mr GBH decided to flash past like a streak of lightning. What a showoff!

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Happy Friday and a pleasant weekend to you all.