Feathers On Friday: Sitting pretty

This cute Blue-winged Teal looked so proud of himself. Maybe he just saw his reflection.


Wishing you all a splendid weekend.



Feathers on Friday: Roseate Spoonbill and Mottled Duck

Charlotte of ‘Prairie Birder’ blog, has a weekly challenge called ‘Feathers on Friday’. I’ve never done this challenge before, but just found this Roseate Spoonbill pic in my file. I hope you enjoy.


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Wishing you all a splendid weekend.


‘Close Encounters of the Animal Kind’ for Ailsa’s Theme

Ailsa has given us ‘Close-Up’,  for this week’s Travel Theme.

I’ve picked out a few close encounters that I’ve had with animals and birds.

Here is Mr Gerry Giraffe at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in Johannesburg.

Well, hello there.

Well, hello there.

This Cassowary in Australia, came up very close, to give me the once-over.

Here's looking at you kid.

Here’s looking at you kid.

A Llama in Peru, had a jolly good go at staring me out.

Whatchu lookin' at?

Whatchu lookin’ at then?

An Alpaca nearby, gave me this really funny look.

Go away! You're making me nervous.

Go away! You’re making me nervous.

In the backyard of my Florida home, one of our resident Anhingas was ‘singing’ his little heart out.

"Oh what a beautiful morning! Click, croak, grunt."

“Oh what a beautiful morning! Click, croak, grunt.”

The prettiest close encounter of all, was with this colourful Parrot seen at the ‘Kuranda Birdworld’ in Cairns.

Who's a pretty boy then?

Who’s a pretty boy then?

I hope you’ve enjoyed my close-ups for Ailsa’s theme. Just click here to see more.