Feathers On Friday: Pelis in my backyard

´This morning Pelegrino and Pelecia went for a turn around the lake.

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They started off at a respectable distance from one another, but soon got a bit bolder and moved in for a tête-à-tête and maybe a quick kiss.

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Suddenly they were startled by a call from the trees. “Hey you two, cut it out! No canoodling allowed. You’re much too young to get serious.. ”

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They got such a fright that they both took off in great haste and spoiled my photo shoot.

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Ah well, as Shakespeare once said, “The course of true love, never did run smooth.”

Wishing you all a great weekend.

 

Feathers On Friday: Woody Stalks Past My Window

Hi everyone. Thought I’d better put in an appearance after being absent for a couple of days. Woody Wood Stork also showed up as I was looking out my bathroom window. What a face! Don’t you think he would be just perfect for a part in a horror movie. That beak would really be something to reckon with too. It must be really tough being a fish around here.

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Our furniture and other stuff is now at our house., and we’ve placed some of it. The mirrors, pictures and boxes of ornaments etc., which are stacked in one of the bedrooms, will just have to wait until we get back from overseas. Right now I must rather turn my attention to packing cases for our six week trip. It’s all go here; never a dull moment.

Wishing you all a great weekend.

 

 

 

Woody’s Feathers for Cee’s FFC

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, I decided to use some 0f my photos of ‘Woody’ wood stork, who I haven’t seen for quite some time.

Although he doesn’t score too well in the hair stakes being almost bald,  he does however make up for it, by having an abundance of chest feathers just like some guys as they begin to age.

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His back is quite fluffy too, a bit like………(see above) 🙂

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He  has very good balance, being able to stand on one leg for quite a long time.

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He has a wing span of about five feet, and don’t you just love those black-edged coat tails?

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Although he looks slightly ungainly on land, Woody is an excellent flier and can soar thousands of feet up, riding the warm air currents.

Thanks, Woody for being patient with me, and posing so beautifully for your photo shoot. Please come back again soon.

Wishing you all a most enjoyable weekend.

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Feathers on Friday: My Great Blue is still around.

All is  going well here, and I’ve almost finished sorting out what clothes etc. I can fit in my suitcases (and one of hubby’s). I do still have to do my shoes though……decision, decisions.  Tomorrow afternoon we get the keys to the apartment we’ll be moving to on Sunday. It’s all been repainted and cleaned after the last occupants. The owner is a friend of hubby’s and I think he imagines that I’m very fussy. Can’t for the life of me imagine why that should be. 🙂

Just over a month ago, I looked the image from our internet security camera in Florida, and was delighted to see that my Great Blue Heron is still around, and frequenting our back yard. Can’t wait to get back to see him in person. I wonder if he’ll still remember me; the crazy woman who stands out on the patio in her nightie, with her camera trained on him at breakfast time?

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I mostly catch him in a pensive and watchful mood.

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But sometimes, he can look quite playful and even a bit cheeky.

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My favourite pose is when he’s all puffed out and showing off his gorgeous plumage to best advantage.

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Roll on September, when we’ll be back there again.

In other breaking news, we heard yesterday from our roofing contractor, that today, he’s actually starting work on replacing the roof of the ‘abandoned’ house we bought a few months ago, so it should all be finished by the time we get back, and then hubby can get cracking on those renovations. 

I won’t be posting for a few days, but will try to pop in on some of your blogs when I have a few moments to spare. Have a great weekend.

 

Feathers on Friday: The long and the short of it.

A tall Wood Stork chats to his short friend, the Mottled Duck, in our Florida backyard.

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(When I saw this couple, the phrase. “The long and the short of it”, immediately sprang to mind. I then got to wondering how long this cliché has been around for, and was surprised to learn that “The short and long of it” has been in use since around the year 1500. Shakespeare used it four times in his plays. The earliest published source for the actual phrase ‘the long and the short of it’, is from a work by William Walker in 1690. I find it so amazing that we still use phrases from hundreds of years ago.)

To join in this challenge and to see other entries, visit Charlotte at ‘Prairie Birder’.