Just Another Rainy Sunday Afternoon

‘Woody Wood Stork’ and his backing group ‘The White Ibis’, singing in the rain. Another amazing scene through my bathroom window.

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Hope your Sunday weather is brighter than this.

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Cee’s FFC ‘Feathers’: Splendour In The Grass

I have so many bird photos, so  the question was “Which ones to choose?” For something a bit different for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, I decided to do a feathers and grass combination.

Here is the elegant Great Egret stalking around amongst the grass stalks, looking for tasty morsels.

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The bright blue eyed White Ibis is doing much the same.

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Mr. Anhinga shows us how he dries off his wet feathers whilst scratching his back.

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Mr. GBH  at his most sinister as he skulks along the shore-line looking for supper.

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How beautiful is this Purple Gallinule as he clambers through the marsh grasses on his long legs?

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Just a stray bit of grass qualifies this gorgeous Tri-colored Heron to be included in my  post today.

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Wishing you all a very happy week.

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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 Lakeside Wedding

So there I was rushing around with the vacuum cleaner, when happening to glance out of the window, I saw a most unusual sight. I haven’t seen any Wood Storks here so far this season, but right across the lake, was a pair of them, and they were obviously very much an item. He looked to be proclaiming his undying devotion to his lady friend.

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She obviously returned his affection, and off they went to look for Father Ibis, who was conveniently only a little way along the bank. He kindly agreed to marry them right then and there. “Do you take Miss Wood Stork to be your lawful wedded bird?” he asked.  “I most surely do,” replied Mr. W S.

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“Then, let us pray.”

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“You may now kiss the bird……I mean bride.”

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I hope they both live happily ever after.

 

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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