Isolated Subjects for Cee’s FFC

All of my isolated subjects for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge are animals or birds, as these are my favourite subjects to photograph. I thought I’d do this post as a sort of fashion parade.

First up we have the gorgeous Tricolored Heron looking very swish and dapper, with blue beak makeup and wearing pink stockings. The outfit is topped off with a white feather fascinator.

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Next up is the dashing Grandpa Igasho, wearing bright orange hose to match his stunning fiery mohawk. Note the wonderful and very tough keratin jacket which is made from actual lizard scales.

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Peli pelican, showing off his handsome profile, poses amongst the flattering green foliage. His splendid gray- brown and white feather ensemble tones really well with his spectacularly large orange and gold-tinged beak.

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Here we have the stunning Great Egret attired in a dazzling snow-white feather suit, with black tights and fashionable yellow footwear, chosen especially to match his eyes, beak and face make-up.

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Majestic Woody wood stork could be called ‘cute’ in the old dictionary meaning of the word, which is “ugly but interesting”. He could well be the poster boy for ‘skinheads of the wild’ and his attire, although somewhat on the grungy side, would appeal to those of his fans who wish to look unusual and not too polished.

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Last but by no means least, is the elegant and long-legged Miss Rosy spoonbill, flaunting her striking, bright pink plumage. The rather large and somewhat bizarre-looking built-in spatula at the end of her beak, whilst not exactly attractive on a young lady, is a great asset when it comes to mealtimes.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my solitary subjects found here in Florida. I wish you all a happy and relaxing weekend. I will be busy packing for our trip to South Africa.

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Feathers on Friday: On Golden Pond

Here is one of the beauties we saw at the Green Cay Wetlands reserve last Sunday. This Tri-colored Heron in all his glory, was looking for a hapless fish to spear with his long pointy beak.

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It didn’t take long before he was targeting his prey.

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Probably just a small minnow went down the hatch, but he strutted off looking very well pleased with himself.

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If you have any bird photos for Charlotte’s ‘Feather’s on Friday’ challenge, you’ll find her here.

Wishing you all a splendid weekend. It’s hubby’s birthday on Sunday, so as a special treat, he’ll be getting to take the day off from his renovation work.

It’s a nice day, don’t ruin it….

 “Say, Pooh, why aren’t you busy?” I said.
 
“Because it’s a nice day,” said Pooh.

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“Yes, but—-“

“Why ruin it?” he said.

“But you could be doing something Important,” I said.

“I am,” said Pooh.

“Oh? Doing what?”

“Listening,” he said.

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“Listening to what?”

“To the birds.

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And that squirrel over there.”

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“What are they saying?” I asked.

“That it’s a nice day,” said Pooh.

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“But you know that already,” I said.

“Yes, but it’s always good to hear that somebody else thinks so too.” he replied…

  ~ The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff

 I hope that you’re all having a really ‘nice’ Pooh kind of Monday.

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A Tricolored Tuesday

Here’s a fairly new visitor to my backyard. The Tricolored heron is much smaller than the Great Blue.

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He can make plenty of noise though.

My darling sister is undergoing a three-hour neck op this afternoon in South Africa, so I’m hoping all goes well, and am anxiously waiting for news from my brother-in-law.

Cee’s FFC: Wondrous finds on an afternoon’s Nature Walk

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”~ John Muir

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week, I have a few pics of the amazing creatures I found on my walk in a Florida nature reserve. (Click on any image to enlarge.)

First up is is the undisputed King of the entire outfit sleeping the day away, oblivious to all his subjects who are going about their daily business, and the stares of us visitors to his kingdom.

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These large, juicy fish, are  very wisely keeping well out of his way.

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Two Great Blue Herons sit huddled together, sharing secrets.

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Baby Anhingas wait impatiently for their afternoon sushi snack,

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and their uncle is drying off his wings after a fishing expedition.

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Mr Turtle pops his head out to say “Hi.”

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The Common Gallinule practices walking the plank,

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whilst the White Ibis community just hang out.

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The Boat-tailed Grackle with his glossy black feathers, sparkles in the afternoon sun.

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Mrs Spider has created a most impressive web to ensure that her fine dining needs are well catered for.

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The Tricolored Heron has a reflective moment as he shares his place in the sun with a couple of pond-weed covered turtles.

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It’s just another lazy afternoon for this most handsome of fellows, who just has to be the absolute ultimate in ‘Lounge Lizards’.

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I saw so many wonderful creatures in nature as I ambled around the boardwalks, and I also kept a look out for the lion which I’d spied on my last visit. He was still there, although I’m sure most visitors walked over him without noticing his cute face peering up at them.

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I hope you enjoyed your nature walk with me. To see more entries for Cee’s Challenge, click on the badge below.

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