Feathers On Friday: Seeing Double

Mervyn Muscovy scooting past without stopping to greet anyone. Well,  I guess that’s what neighbours do these days.

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We have a delightful elderly couple living next door and this morning, they called to ask if they and their son can come round on Sunday to sit outside in our lanai and listen to me play the piano. Apparently it’s something they have really missed during lock-down. So, we’ll put up the sun umbrella, open a bottle of Prosecco, socially distance the seating and tell the goldfish not make a noise. I’m really looking forward to our first visitors in almost three months.

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful weekend.

Feathers On Friday: Miss Rosie Is In The Pink

Miss Rosie is a very infrequent visitor to our backyard, so it was such a delight to see her again. When I first spotted her outside my bathroom window, she was socially distancing with the Great Blue and the Tricolored Herons. The trio were scanning the lake for a fishing opportunity.

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After a while the others got bored and wandered off further along the bank, leaving her alone and before long she obviously saw what she was looking for.

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Here, she looks quite pleased with herself, don’t you think?

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Wishing you all a splendid weekend, whatever you have planned. Our country club started to open up a bit from the lockdown and we booked to have a meal outside on the covered patio with a couple of friends. Before it could happen though, we got a message that one of the wait-staff had tested positive for the Coronavirus, so they were having to close down again. I can’t imagine when this is going to end as the numbers in Florida are way up again.

 

Feathers On Friday: Great Egret Gets His Fish

Great Egret really believed he’d got lucky yesterday lunchtime. I could almost hear that poor fish thinking, “Uh-oh, I’m about to be someone’s lunch!”

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He was a bit too big for Great Egret to manoevre and making a supreme effort, he managed and wriggle free.

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But Great Egret wasn’t giving up so easily. “Not so fast, young fishie! Here I come again.”

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Gotcha!”

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Poor fishie really should have stayed home. Wishing you all a safe and peaceful weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feathers On Friday: Woody Speaks His Mind

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is what it also takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill

Woody wood stork is not afraid to say his piece,

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after which, he sits down again.

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“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have talked.” ~ Mark Twain

Wishing you all a safe and peaceful weekend.

Feathers On Friday: Bird On The Wire

Looking out of my window at breakfast, I saw this female Cardinal patiently waiting for her turn at the bird feeder. He husband was busy eating around the other side and as soon as he was finished, she flew on to have her share. (I had to take the photo through the screen cloth so as not to spook them.)

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It brought back memories of my mom when my sister and I were children and how she always made sure to serve my dad first at dinner. I think it was to show that she respected and appreciated how hard he worked to provide for his family.

Wishing you all a very good weekend.

 

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.

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.

Feathers On Friday: Three of A Kind

For my ‘Feathers On Friday, I’m participating in Nancy Merrill’s ‘A Photo A Week Challenge’. This week it’s three photos of the same subject from different perspectives.

Mervin Muscovy duck is quite a striking looking bird who doesn’t visit our backyard very often,

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When he saw me watching him, he turned his back, as if to say in his best Greta Garbo voice, ” No paparazzi please. I just vant to be alone.”

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Some time later, I spotted him having a siesta just outside my bathroom window.

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Wishing you all a splendid weekend.

If you would like to take part in Nancy’s challenge, Just click the link.