Travel Theme: Four Brown Pelicans

Four Brown Pelis perched up high in the swaying branches.

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I’ve often marvelled at how they keep their balance and even manage to sleep standing on a branch. Surely it must be exhausting having to hold on so tightly so as not to fall. Well, apparently their talons have a pulley system of tendons so that the bird’s foot closes and grasps automatically as the ankle and knee joints are bent. They can only release their grip once the limb is straightened, so instead of having to expend energy holding on for dear life, as we humans would if we were clinging to a branch, a bird’s magical system simply locks their talons in place. How cool is that?

Have a great Sunday. If you want to see more ‘Fours’, just visit Ailsa’s Travel Theme here.

 

 

 

 

WPC Atop: Of The Rock

Just outside our kitchen window is the rather sad remains of a water feature and rockery. Now that our ‘abandoned house’ renovations are almost completed, this area will soon be enclosed in the new screen room which is now under construction. We intend to put some Koi in the pond and build a nice rockery around it. Unfortunately for our wildlife creatures, they will no longer be able to sit ‘atop the rock’. I’ve so enjoyed photographing each and every one as they’ve posed for me here.

Samantha squirrel often sat atop there to eat her breakfast.

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Sammy also liked sitting there, when he wasn’t busy dashing up and down palm trees.

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Rockstar Iggy, so enjoyed displaying his finery atop the rock.

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Grandpa Igasho often took the opportunity of showing off his handsome visage and especially his mohawk, atop the rock.

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Sweet little Anatole, enjoyed sunning himself whilst displaying his dewlap, atop the rock.

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Basil the Brown Basilisk often sat atop the rock, dreaming of finding true love.

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I guess it will be the end of an era, once the construction is finished. There’ll be no more photos taken through my kitchen window. I think I’ll be rather sad about that, and so will my gorgeous visitors, but at least I’ll no longer be tempted to have a go at cutting their toenails.

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To see more contributions for the ‘Atop WPC’, click here.

Backyardigan Shenanigans

Looking out across my backyard, all looks peaceful and serene. Not a blade of grass is moving, not a palm frond stirs. All is set for a calm and tranquil Friday afternoon.

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One of the Iggy family a grey and colourless soul, after nibbling lots of leaves for lunch, is taking a nap in the neighbour’s bush.

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Little Anatole balances on a twig, thinking of his weekend plans.

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The Peli couple is enjoying an afternoon siesta, one upstairs, one downstairs, before going out this evening for a sushi supper.

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Suddenly out of nowhere, comes Grandpa Igasho. He doesn’t look any too pleased to see his colourless, grey cousin in his favourite bush. His hackles are up and he bristles with entitlement.

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“Now see here cousin. That’s MY bush you’re sitting in and you’d better move quickly before I get really mad and come over there to waggle my dewlap at you!”

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Danny and Daisy just sail past as though nothing is happening. They never get involved in any bickering. It’s just not in their nature,

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Ozzie Osprey, watching from his tree across the water, calls “Time gentlemen, please! There’s room for everyone here in this beautiful place. Let’s not ruin everything by fighting over territory and power.

DSCN4673Remember what Mother Teresa once said, “If we have no peace, it’s because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

Wishing you all a peaceful and relaxing weekend.

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B&W Sunday: After and Before

Paula’s B&W Sunday challenge this week is to show the same photo, both in colour and monochrome.

No surprise that the subject is one of my beautiful backyard creatures. Woody wood stork is very impressive in colour, as he says, “Flaps up, ready for takeoff!”

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Here he is looking rather dapper with his B&W tuxedo look.

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Wishing you all a very good week.

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Friday’s Feathers: Mr. Yellow Feet

Snowy the egret strutted his stuff past my bathroom window. “Just so you know…..yellow feet are quite in vogue this year.”

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The sight of his yellow foot gear brought back long-ago memories of  Miss Stone, my English Grammar School headmistress. I and my fellow pupils were quite intrigued by her somewhat scruffy attire. She invariably wore thick, yellow, ribbed stockings with her brown tweed skirt and a red cardigan which sported a hole in one elbow. I remember wondering whether she washed the stockings every night, ready for the next day. One day, my sister, whilst on her way to her singing lesson, spotted Miss Stone striding along the pavement, still wearing the same clothes, but with a spade over her shoulder. We assumed that she was going to dig in her allotment, not bury a dead body, but we never could be sure.

Wishing you all a pleasant weekend.

Linda Limpkin’s Big Photo Op.

Me: “Hey, Linda…….mind if I take a few photos?”

Linda: ” Really? You’ll have to give me some time to prepare.”

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“Let me just sort out my back feathers a bit.”

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“Ooops…that’s not working too well!. I’m having a bit of a bad-feather day today.”

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“Yikes…..just when a girl wants to look her best, nothing goes right! Where to from here?”

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“Ah, that’s a bit better. I’m getting the hang of this now.”

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“Right…….I’m almost smoothed down. I hope you appreciate what an effort that was!  I’m quite exhausted.”

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“Okay, go for it. I’ll give you a left profile; I’m told it’s my best side. Have to be going now, as I have a date with Lenny. Hope your blog friends like the photo.”

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Wishing you all a smooth plumage Thursday.

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