Silent Sunday: Anyone Missing A Feather?

On my nature walk this morning, I came upon this feather someone had stuck in the boardwalk guard-rail. A Forrest Gump moment which made me think of this quote,

“I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like  on a breeze, but I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happening at the same time.”

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Happy Sunday everyone.

 

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Mundane Monday: Just A Pigeon

“No, I’m not JUST a pigeon! My fancy name is Indomalaya Dove and by the way, don’t you just adore my new red footwear?”

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Sometimes we forget just how extraordinary the more common varieties of birds are. Everything in nature is beautiful in its own way.

Wishing you all a happy week ahead.

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.

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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.

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Footprints in the mud

Those footprints in the mud which I posted yesterday, seemed to have many of you guessing. Hubby, being the practical man that he is, put paid to my love of all things mysterious, by saying “Oh it must have been just one of the rangers walking around down there.”  What a humdrum explanation that was, and not at all what I would like to believe! Some of my saner blog friends also came up with “human prints.” Otto’s comment which I quite enjoyed was they were “alien footprints” and The Ark who really knows about all things ancient, categorically identified them for me  “Dinosaurs obviously. Probably the species Doyouthinkhesaurus,” whilst Tandy  came up with ” a man on stilts.” Well I certainly wouldn’t go walking around down there without very tall stilts, because just under the boardwalk a bit further along, was a rather large creature with his scaly back just visible above the water.

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As he came out the other side, he popped his head up for a moment.

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I couldn’t see his feet, but I bet they would easily match the size of those footprints. I know that alligators have webbed toes, but maybe the web bits of the imprint had sort of collapsed  in the soft mud, and all that was left were these indentations. I rather enjoyed Sue’s comment about “a wobble-gaited mammal” which would fit perfectly for my ‘gator theory.

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If the water had evaporated in one part of the marsh because of the lack of rain, then it would be necessary to walk instead of swim to an area which still had some water. Oh, this mystery of my own making is so perplexing, and I fear it may never be solved, so I think that maybe we should rather ask Big Al. I’m sure there’s not much goes on in the marsh that escapes his notice.

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Happy Tuesday to you all.

 

 

 

Feathers on Friday: Mr. GBH hard at work

Charlotte of ‘Prairie Birder’ blog has a ‘Feathers on Friday’ Challenge. I’m listening to sounds of hubby hard at work making our ‘nest’ more comfortable, and was reminded of this photo taken at our local nature reserve. Here’s Mr. GBH bringing in more ‘timber’ to weave into the nest, much like when hubby goes off to Home Depot and comes back with the Jeep loaded up with ceiling beams. I’m wondering just how many more loads it’s going to take.

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Wishing you all a happy Friday and a splendid weekend.

Great Blue Heron mourns his mate

I saw a really sad sight on entering the Green Cay Wetlands a few days ago. A Great Blue Heron was standing guard over the remains of another one who had evidently met an untimely death. There were dozens of people on the boardwalk taking photos, but he just remained absolutely motionless, looking so distraught and disheveled. I felt really sorry for him, as he was obviously grieving and didn’t want to leave his mate.

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I wonder what happened. Maybe an alligator.

Who had a party in the swamp? Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge

Yesterday evening before dinner, we decided to go for a walk around our local nature reserve. It was really wonderful seeing the all the birds flocking to their favourite sleeping places, as the sun began to set. On our way out, I looked across the marsh to see if I might spot Mr Alligator somewhere in the reeds. There was no sign of him, but I did see this.

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Do you think he’d had a birthday party, and didn’t even invite me? 😕

To see more Odd Ball photos and perhaps join in Cee’s challenge, click below.

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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.