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.

 

Red is for Valentines

On Saturday evening, hubby and I went to a wonderful Valentine’s dinner dance. After walking the red carpet, we entered the foyer which was decorated with, not hearts, but lanterns, and the message “Love….Romance” up in lights.

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We had a great evening with delicious food and lots of dancing to a fantastic band.

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Who would have imagined that when we threw in our lot together over fifty years ago, that our journey of love would take us from England to South Africa and now to Florida. Something that hasn’t changed over the years, is that I always wear red on Valentine’s day. Today, it’s a red shirt with jeans. Life is strange and wonderful, not to even mention full of surprises. Have you found the same?

Three years ago at a local wildlife reserve, we spotted two love birds wearing red on Valentine’s Day.  I think this pair of Red-Shouldered Hawks were making plans.

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Wishing you all a love-filled day today.  ❤

 

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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Home again..jiggety-jig

Well, it’s so great to be back home again after over a month away. I have so many photos to sort through, as you can imagine.

First things first, though. My backyard was all safe and sound and a few of the regular critters have put in an appearance. Sammy squirrel has been scurrying around, but not staying long enough for a photo opportunity. I’m very tempted to reinstate the birdfeeder. Even if it’s against the rules, I’m sure that Sammy would be very much in favour.

Daisy, Danny and Deidre duck have been doing regular tours of the lake. The cute threesome seems to be inseparable for the moment.

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Mr. GBH has been hovering around his favourite fishing spot, and presented a very elegant profile this morning.

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Igasho who is still bright orange has taken to hanging out in the trees, stretching himself out along the branches. Such a lazy life!

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We have many pelicans inhabiting and whitewashing the trees along the lakeside. This one seemed to have quite a lot to say for himself.

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Although it’s winter here in Florida, we are having really sunny and warm weather. It’s so nice to be back living in a postcard.

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I will do my best to visit you all before the end of this week.Hope everything is well with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wordless Wednesday: When I look into your eyes…

It’s been a while since I’ve seen an alligator in our pond, but this one at our local nature reserve had quite a hypnotic gaze.

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Happy Wednesday to you all. Only six more sleeps until we fly off to Chile to join our Antarctic cruise.

Macro Moments: Sammy is back!

I hadn’t seen this sweet little creature since we returned home, but at breakfast this morning, Sammy decided it was her turn to sit on the rock outside our kitchen window, which is so often occupied by one of the Iggy family.

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Wishing you all a really good week.

To participate in Susan’s macro challenge, just click this link.

 

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Wild Bird Wednesday: Mr. Peli is back

 

One lone pelican has arrived here for the winter.

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I guess he just flew faster than the rest of his mates. Last winter we had quite a few of these gorgeous birds roosting in the trees alongside our lake. I’m sure the rest of the pod are on their way.

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Wishing you all a splendid Wednesday.

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Macro Monday: Sammy is Samantha

Sammy squirrel has once again managed to empty the bird feeder in record time, and yesterday found something else to eat. Sitting on  the ‘Top of the Rock’, I got a really good look at his/her chest area, and came to the conclusion that Sammy is actually short for Samantha. My blog friend Robin of ‘Witless Dating After 50’ blog had mentioned that this might be the case, after looking at one of my earlier photos.

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She looks to my unpracticed eye to be pregnant, which is probably why she has been attacking the bird seed with such gusto. I have to admit that unlike Sammy, I was never able to run up a palm tree or hang upside to eat when I was expecting my babies.

A sad ending to my story is that I have just this minute received a phone call from one of the Board members of our community, to say that bird feeders are not allowed here, as they may attract rats and geese. I told her that I’ve never seen any rats and that it’s hung much to high for geese to reach, but she said that it’s a general rule and there can be no exceptions. I’m feeling more than a little fed up about it, as I so enjoyed seeing the beautiful birds flying back and forth, not to mention the antics of Sammy squirrel.

I wish you all a great week. Now I really must get on with some packing of cases.

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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.