Butt I caught a HUGE fish!

Ozzy Osprey went fishing this morning and got first prize. “Pardon my butt view whilst I gobble down my sushi breakfast.” It certainly wasn’t Mr. Bass’s lucky Monday.

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The fish looks almost as big as he is, but Ozzy isn’t sharing.

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Wishing you all a peaceful and successful week.

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Bubo the owl is back

Yesterday afternoon, I looked out of my bathroom window and apart from a couple of Iggys, there was nothing much to see.

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I had a strange feeling that I was being watched, and peering up into one of the palm trees, I spied Bubo the Great Horned Owl, sitting on the same branch that I saw him on last week. I see that his horns have grown quite a bit.

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His fancy name is ‘Bubo Virginianus’, and these owls can grow to almost two feet tall. Another name for the Great Horned Owl is the ‘Tiger Of The Sky’, probably because of the stripes. This morning, he was still there, and when I opened my blind he was looking right at me. I no longer believe hubby when he tells me that no-one can see into my bathroom from outside. Young Bubo really had me in his sights, even from 30 feet.

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I was curious to find out whether owls eat iguanas, and read that they are one of the iguanas’ natural enemies, and will eat hatchlings and juveniles. Maybe Bubo is going to save us from becoming overrun by these green critters with the long claws. .

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Wishing you all a very happy Monday and an awesome month of August.

 

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Wildlife Obstacle Course for Jude’s Garden Challenge.

Hubby knows all about Jude’s ‘Wildlife in the Garden’ challenge this month, and yesterday whilst he was putting up ceiling boards in the living area, called me to come quick because there were two ‘Pigeons’ outside. Now, I wouldn’t normally get excited about seeing a couple of pigeons, but to humour him, I grabbed my camera and was just in time to see them turn their backs on me. They were actually Doves, and were obviously not keen to have their photo splashed all over WordPress.

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Looking around for more interesting wildlife, I spotted a Snowy Egret by the water’s edge.

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As I traipsed through the undergrowth, I almost tripped over Ms. Igua who was contemplating going for a swim.

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I think she was looking to escape from her admirer Mr. Iggy, who’d been ogling her from a nearby bush and was now hot-footing it over.

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By the time he got there, she had plopped into the water and he was left with only Snowy Egret to chat up. What a blow!

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Excitement over, I walked back to the house and was just in time to see a flying lizard. I didn’t crop out the tear in the insect screen, because I didn’t want to foolĀ  you into thinking that we really do have flying lizards here. That definitely would be wildlife overload, wouldn’t it?

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Happy Monday to you all from a very warm and sunny, blue-skied Florida.

 

 

 

 

‘Your Feet’s Too Big’.

Most of the water birds I see here in Florida, really make me smile. How cute is this little Black-bellied Whistling Duck, but don’t you think his feet look a bit on the large side?

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Where did my title come from? Enjoy this throwback to the Golden Age of Jazz, as Fats Waller sings, “Your Feet’s Too Big.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzu0hG9qr5k

Happy weekend to you all.

 

So, how did Mr. A and friends, spend their ‘Thanksgiving’?

Yesterday we were intending to start our day with an 8am ‘Turkey Burnoff’ aerobics class at the gym, but because of having had our medical exam for our Green Card application on Wednesday, which included compulsory shots for ‘flu, pneumonia and tetanus, our arm muscles were so sore, that we decided to rather go for a walk in the Green Cay Wetlands which is just down the road. Many people had got the same idea, and the serious bird watchers were out in force equipped with humongous zoom lenses which any National Geographic photographer would be proud of.

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Of course we were curious to know what all the excitement was about, and saw, way in the distance, a red-shouldered hawk, who seemed to be enjoying all the attention..

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Our little Nikon zoom didn’t get such a great image, but last year, we were privileged to see a pair of these gorgeous birds up close, and they posed so nicely too.

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Not nearly as rare or popular with the photographers, were the hoards of ducks who have arrived in Florida for the winter.

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A little further on, we spied Mr A, sleeping his Thanksgiving Day away in the reeds.

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He did have a contented smile on his face, so maybe he was having thankful daydreams.

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A Wood Stork was keeping lookout from the top of a dead tree.

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Mr Anhinga was also enjoying the morning sun from his favourite perch.

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A pair of female Mottled Ducks were having a quiet snooze in the shade of the bridge,

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as a Painted Turtle made it’s ponderous way through the reeds.

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I was thrilled to see that Leo the Lion was still lurking along the boardwalk. I always look out for him, and say “Hi.”

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The afternoon and evening were spent with good friends, shrimp starters, plenteous wine, delicious turkey dinner, followed by four different desserts, not least of which was my decadent chocolate pie, which went down very well.

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I hope that your Thanksgiving was equally wonderful. Have a great weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Stills: At home on the water

A tranquil Sunday morning on the water.

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Now that the aliigator’s gone, the ducks are back.

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An Anhinga pops his head up from a fishing expedition, just to say “Hello.”

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The Great Egret is as usual, keeping a look out for tasty fish.

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But the inscrutable Mr. GBH is definitely the boss of the whole show. Nothing goes unnoticed when he’s around.

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To see more entries for Ed’s Sunday Stills challenge, just click here.