Feathers…and Scales on Friday

Daisy, Danny and Dolores Beakley calmly watch as Alli-Baba glides slowly by.

How did they know that he didn’t fancy duck for lunch today I wonder? I’m sure that if I decided to go for a swim, he wouldn’t be so picky.

Wishing you all a splendid weekend.


Living On The Edge

Here’s my ‘Feathers on Friday’ photo. This Sooty Albatross couldn’t really get much closer to the edge of the pier.

Having a great time here at the seaside. Wishing you all a pleasant and relaxing weekend.

Feathers On Friday: Looking Back

Have you ever wished that you had ‘eye’s in the back of your head’? I know I have, especially when I was teaching at school. Ms Anhinga has solved the problem by turning her head through180 degrees. A very clever trick indeed.

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Wishing you all a splendid weekend, filled with love, laughter, good food and lots of fun.

Feathers On Friday: Blue Flash

This Boat-tailed Grackle posed so nicely for his photo at our local nature reserve.


It’s been a very busy week here especially for hubby, who after finishing all the painting, except for the dining area which has all the wood flooring stacked up in it, immediately started putting the hardwood floor down right through the living area. Yesterday, he said that I could phone to see which day next week my piano could be delivered. The answer came back “Monday morning”, which was a bit sooner than we anticipated, so it’s all go this weekend to lay the floor  before they arrive. I’m so excited about being able to play again and serenade hubby whilst he’s finishing off the rest of the house.

Wishing you all a very happy weekend. Ours will be happy, but it won’t be at all relaxing.


Feathers on Friday: What a red nose you have!

This Common Gallinule seen at our local wildlife reserve is quite conspicuous with his  red nose and forehead. His exceptionally long toes enable him to walk atop floating vegetation. As you can see, he has no lobes or webbing to help in swimming, but he is nevertheless a very good swimmer.


I just popped into my bathroom a few minutes ago, and looking out of the window, I counted nine Iguanas, two Squirrels, two Blue Jays, a Red-bellied Woodpecker and a Red Cardinal. No ‘Partridge In A Pear Tree’, though. 🙂

Have a great weekend.


A Surprise Visitor

Yesterday, hubby called me to come and have a look at his progress in the kitchen, as he’d just installed the new oven. Very exciting to see although it won’t be operational for a few weeks when the granite counter tops are in place. Even when I’m supposed to be admiring his handiwork, I always have one eye out of the window so as not to miss any action in the backyard, and suddenly I saw what looked like an owl, fly across my vision and up into a palm tree.


I decided that the best view would be from my bathroom window. There was a lot of excitement and noise from the smaller birds, who were flying back and forth to the tree where he was precariously perched on a swaying branch. Mr. Owl was not going to be intimidated though, and clung on. I couldn’t get a clear shot, as it was windy and the fronds from a smaller palm tree kept blowing across in front of where he was. I thought this was the best I was going to get.


Then all of a sudden, he turned and looked straight at me, as the palm fronds magically parted for a split second, and I pressed the shutter, hoping it would be in focus.


I’m linking this post to Charlotte’s’s ‘Feathers on Friday’ challenge.

Wishing you all a relaxing weekend. Hubby will continue working on the kitchen, and we’re looking forward to having dinner with new friends tomorrow evening.


Feathers on Friday: Egret in the Mist

Yesterday we had a lot of rain, and through my bathroom window I spotted the drenched and bedraggled Snowy Egret, standing in quiet contemplation at the water’s edge.


If you have photos of any feathered friends, pop them over to Charlotte’s ‘Feathers on Friday’ challenge.

Tonight we’re invited to a cocktail party at our friends’ house, and on Sunday I’ve organised for us to meet for dinner with two lots of new neighbours. Hubby is working away on the renovations as usual and there are encouraging banging noises filtering through to where I’m sitting. Wishing you all a happy weekend.


Feathers on Friday: Snowy takes off

Just as Grandpa Iggy decided to go for a swim yesterday, I spotted a beautiful Snowy Egret a little further along the water’s edge.


The rather loud sound of Iggy’s belly-flop, alerted the beautiful Ms. Snowy to possible danger and away she flew.


This is my entry for Charlotte’s ‘Feathers on Friday’ challenge, and is also day #6 of my ‘7 Days of Nature’ challenge; thanks to Anna of ‘Una Vista Di San Fermo’ for inviting me to participate. If you would like to join in, just post a nature photo on seven consecutive days and link to my blog. You can also invite another blogger to take part.

I think the second photo might just qualify for Nancy’s Photo a Week  Challenge, ‘A Different Focus’, as I seem to have accidentally got the wildflowers more in focus than the bird.

Wishing you all a very happy and relaxing weekend.