Not all my friends are scaly

I think that some of you imagine that I live in a mini Jurassic Park surrounded by scaly creatures ranging from six inches to six feet long, with long green fingers. Well, I guess in a way you’re right, but they certainly aren’t the only visitors around.

Lenny Limpkin often pops by to search for his daily diet of Apple Snails, which although I love apples, don’t really appeal to me. I haven’t seen his partner Linda for a while. Hope they haven’t fallen out.

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The Ibis family with their wickedly long beaks, brilliant white plumage and piercing blue eyes, love to peck around the grass for large insects, which they are very welcome to.

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Mr. GBH, always elegant in his grey-blue suit is ever a welcome sight as he stands statue-like in the shallows, waiting for an unsuspecting fish to cross his vision.

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Daisy and Danny duck occasionally glide past, always refusing to stop for a photo shoot.

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The Green Heron is a rare visitor and so lovely to see.

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Yesterday on Facebook, I posted this photo of Sammy sheltering from the rain whilst nibbling at his lunch. He seems a bit subdued since he destroyed the birdfeeder which we haven’t yet replaced. The Bluejays have disappeared, but hopefully we can find a squirrel-proof feeder to entice them back again. The sooner the better, as we have a huge bag of birdseed, which I don’t fancy having to mix with my breakfast cereal.

DSCN8594 One of my friends responded “I love seeing your pics of these cuties, but I really can’t look at Iggy any more! LOL.” Actually to tell the truth,  I’m also getting a bit ‘Iggyed out’. Hubby attended a committee meeting yesterday afternoon and tells me that people here are complaining about the Iguana population explosion, as they feast on their prize garden plants. It’s becoming quite a problem, but  I don’t know what can be done about it. 

Happy Wednesday to you all. The weeks just seem to fly by and still no kitchen, although the appliances have been ordered, so that means it’s not too far in the future.  

 

 

 

Preened to perfection

Yesterday, Mr. Woody flew down to my backyard, so I got a better shot of him. He has the most gorgeous feathers. I especially love his bib, but he has a face that only a mother could love.

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So many of these water birds have bright white feathers, and as they fish around in muddy ponds,  I couldn’t help but wonder how they keep them so clean. The Great Egret has about 18,000 feathers, and each one is kept meticulously clean. I think he must spend more time on his ablutions than even I do on mine, and hubby would tell you that’s not very possible.

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The two White Ibis who were foraging in the newly mowed grass yesterday, also had ‘Omo White’ feathers. To look this perfect, every day they must remove dust, dirt and parasites from their feathers and then align each feather in the optimum position relative to adjacent feathers and body shape. What a wonder they are! I often wish I had feathers rather than hair. I could never hope to look this good, but the beak might look a bit out of place though, and I’m thinking that with such long beaks, birds can’t really kiss, so I guess I’ll just be content with what I have.

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Happy Thursday everyone.

 

WPC: Close Ups from South Africa and Florida

In this week’s Photo Challenge, we’re invited to” discover the hidden details that can only be seen up close.”

I’ve posted this one before, but it does happen to be my all time favourite close up. Isn’t he cute?

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Another popular subject for my photos, is the Umhlanga lighthouse.

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These pigeons in the aloe caught my attention as I strolled along by the ocean.

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Another much bigger bird is the Ibis who often comes pecking his way through my back yard here in Florida.

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I certainly couldn’t leave out Mr. GBH, as he looks so good close up, especially on a windy day.

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Hope you’re all off to a good start this weekend. Enjoy.

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Sunday Stills: Birds a plenty in Florida

Ed’s Sunday Stills Challenge this week was to to take a photo of a group of four or more birds. We have birds a plenty here in Florida.

Roosting for the night

Roosting for the night

Black-bellied whistling ducks

Black-bellied whistling ducks

A flotilla of Cormorants

A flotilla of Cormorants sailing by

Greedy Ibis attacking my lawn

Greedy Ibis attacking my lawn

Bird blossom trees

Bird blossom trees

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‘Multitudes’ of birds for Thursday’s Special

I often visit the Green Cay Wetlands and Nature Centre, as there, I can see multitudes of birds especially just before sunset when they are coming home to roost. (Click the image for a closer look.)

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From a distance, it looks like the trees have a multitude of white blossoms, but on closer inspection, the white ‘flowers’ are revealed to be White Ibis.

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Almost every available branch in the marsh is covered in birds.

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Looks like Mr. GBH really has his hands full trying to keep this multitude of noisy Ibis in order, and settle them down for the night,

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but you can definitely see who’s the boss.

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Thanks to Paula for her Thursday Special Challenge. Click the badge below to participate.

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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.

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

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

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“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!

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

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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.

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

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

Another of my ‘Backyardigan’ birds

Often seen pecking around our backyard, is the White Ibis. He rarely stands still, and always looks as though he’s on a mission.

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Sometimes they appear in a large group, but strangely enough, only on a Saturday. It must be a very good day for bugs in the lawn, but I wonder how they know what day of the week it is.

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I’ve even had one come knocking on my window. Maybe he was just admiring his reflection, but that beak looks rather wicked, so I pretended I wasn’t in and just shot him through the glass.

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Happy December to you all, and have a great week.

 

 

Florida Water Birds for ‘Feathers on Friday’.

I’m so excited that we’ll soon be heading back to our home in Florida. We’ll be going via England, in order to visit my MiL, who at 101 is still fighting fit. I’m so looking forward to seeing her again, and then after our visit with her, we’ll be on our way to Miami. Or tickets are all booked and seats reserved, so we’ll soon be flying out of here. Wouldn’t it be great to have our own wings like these beautiful water birds which feature quite a lot in my Florida posts? Here are just a few of the feathered friends I’ve been missing, for Charlotte’s ‘Feathers on Friday Challenge’.

American White Ibis

American White Ibis

Anhinga or Snake Bird

Anhinga or Snake Bird

Roseate Spoonbill.

Roseate Spoonbill.

Great Egret

Great Egret

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Don't forget the little Mottled Ducks.

Don’t forget the cute  Mottled Ducks.

The 'King of the Pond'....Mr. Great Blue Heron.

The ‘King of the Pond’….Mr. Great Blue Heron.

To take part in Charlotte’s Friday Challenge, Just click here.