One Word Sunday: Wet

Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday Challenge’ is Wet and who hasn’t got some photos featuring water?

Here is where I would really like to be at the moment, in Umhlanga sitting on a bench looking out at the Indian Ocean.

Here in Florida, there are many birds who enjoy getting wet, like Mr Peli.

Last spring we spotted a few wet baby alligators enjoying a swim.

If you want to see a serious amount of wetness, then go to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Although it’s neither the widest nor highest waterfall in the world, it still happens to be the world’s largest sheet of falling water, and you can’t get much wetter than that.


Hope you’re all having a great Sunday.

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One-liner Wednesday: Keep Calm And Float On

Peri pelican, keeping afloat whilst calmly reflecting on life.


Wishing you all a safe and peaceful Wednesday.

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“Anything You Can Do….

….I can do better. I can do anything better than you. No you CAN’T. Yes I CAN! No you CAN’T. Yes I CAN!”

When I saw these two photos, the words of this song from ‘Annie Get Your Gun’, sprang straight to mind. When we were young girls, my sister and I used to really enjoy performing it, and even won a holiday talent competition at the seaside in England.

After breakfast, Mr. Anhinga and Mr. Peli are having a wing-spreading competition. A close contest, but I think you have to agree that Mr. Peli wins the prize.


Not to be left out of the proceedings, Iggy also positions himself to also show off his handsome right profile.  Nice try Iggy, but I think it’s definitely a no contest. Mr. Peli’s regal profile is extremely hard to beat.


I hope I’ve given you a smile on your Monday morning and wish you all a very happy week.

Isolated Subjects for Cee’s FFC

All of my isolated subjects for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge are animals or birds, as these are my favourite subjects to photograph. I thought I’d do this post as a sort of fashion parade.

First up we have the gorgeous Tricolored Heron looking very swish and dapper, with blue beak makeup and wearing pink stockings. The outfit is topped off with a white feather fascinator.


Next up is the dashing Grandpa Igasho, wearing bright orange hose to match his stunning fiery mohawk. Note the wonderful and very tough keratin jacket which is made from actual lizard scales.


Peli pelican, showing off his handsome profile, poses amongst the flattering green foliage. His splendid gray- brown and white feather ensemble tones really well with his spectacularly large orange and gold-tinged beak.


Here we have the stunning Great Egret attired in a dazzling snow-white feather suit, with black tights and fashionable yellow footwear, chosen especially to match his eyes, beak and face make-up.


Majestic Woody wood stork could be called ‘cute’ in the old dictionary meaning of the word, which is “ugly but interesting”. He could well be the poster boy for ‘skinheads of the wild’ and his attire, although somewhat on the grungy side, would appeal to those of his fans who wish to look unusual and not too polished.


Last but by no means least, is the elegant and long-legged Miss Rosy spoonbill, flaunting her striking, bright pink plumage. The rather large and somewhat bizarre-looking built-in spatula at the end of her beak, whilst not exactly attractive on a young lady, is a great asset when it comes to mealtimes.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my solitary subjects found here in Florida. I wish you all a happy and relaxing weekend. I will be busy packing for our trip to South Africa.

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Mr. Peli and his entourage

For my fourth day of the ‘7 Days of Nature’ challenge, here is  shot of Mr. Peli and his cormorant entourage gliding past our previous house. I have to say that I do miss seeing the birds up so close now that we’ve moved, but at least I have a quite different and equally fascinating lot of creatures who visit me here.


Thanks to Anna  of ‘Una Vista Di San Fermo’ for nominating me to do this challenge. If you would like to join me, you just need to post a nature photo on seven consecutive days and link your post to mine.

Happy Tuesday to you all.

Our Pelican is back

I went to check on hubby’s progress with the house renovations and he pointed out that the pelican is back in residence for the winter. He was a bit far away for a sharp photo, but I can see that he’s also been doing some house decorating and has once again been very busy ‘whitewashing’ the branches.


Some of you may remember that last year I had a go at painting him. I wonder if he would like my portrait? I think he looks rather cute.


Happy Thursday to you all. I’ve just heard that our son and family have booked their air tickets and will be visiting us for a few days in February. Something to really look forward to.


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. 🙂

What a wingspan!

Yesterday, I showed you Mr Pelican, sedately gliding through the water. Today he decided to show his magnificent wing span, and I just managed to capture it before he took off.


About four feet in length, and with a wingspan of  up to 8 feet, the Brown Pelican is one of the best known and most prominent birds found in the coastal areas of the southern and western USA. I’m really happy that a couple of them have decided to visit my backyard this winter.