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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Water Birds for ‘Feathers on Friday’.

I’m so excited that we’ll soon be heading back to our home in Florida. We’ll be going via England, in order to visit my MiL, who at 101 is still fighting fit. I’m so looking forward to seeing her again, and then after our visit with her, we’ll be on our way to Miami. Or tickets are all booked and seats reserved, so we’ll soon be flying out of here. Wouldn’t it be great to have our own wings like these beautiful water birds which feature quite a lot in my Florida posts? Here are just a few of the feathered friends I’ve been missing, for Charlotte’s ‘Feathers on Friday Challenge’.

American White Ibis

American White Ibis

Anhinga or Snake Bird

Anhinga or Snake Bird

Roseate Spoonbill.

Roseate Spoonbill.

Great Egret

Great Egret

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Don't forget the little Mottled Ducks.

Don’t forget the cute  Mottled Ducks.

The 'King of the Pond'....Mr. Great Blue Heron.

The ‘King of the Pond’….Mr. Great Blue Heron.

To take part in Charlotte’s Friday Challenge, Just click here.

Feathers on Friday: The long and the short of it.

A tall Wood Stork chats to his short friend, the Mottled Duck, in our Florida backyard.

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(When I saw this couple, the phrase. “The long and the short of it”, immediately sprang to mind. I then got to wondering how long this cliché has been around for, and was surprised to learn that “The short and long of it” has been in use since around the year 1500. Shakespeare used it four times in his plays. The earliest published source for the actual phrase ‘the long and the short of it’, is from a work by William Walker in 1690. I find it so amazing that we still use phrases from hundreds of years ago.)

To join in this challenge and to see other entries, visit Charlotte at ‘Prairie Birder’.