This scene struck me as a study in contrasts . . . . a curiously quiet, reflective Limpkin against a veritable riot of yellow flowers. More often it is the Limpkins that are causing a riot with their loud screeching calls, and the background is hardly noticeable ☺️.
I was drawn by the lilting song of this sweet Eastern Meadowlark while out walking in Wellington Preserve, on Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. So irresistible ~ Have a listen.And, right across the road ….a handsome Loggerhead Shrike was posing in a low tree. What a blessing to have these delightful birds in our midst.
A handsome Great Blue Heron primps before setting out to start the day ~
The Great Blue Herons are busy preparing for nesting and raising new families. Looking good and showing off in the evening. . . . Nest-building duties in the morning. . . .
I believe there’s something caught in my throat.Ahh… I feel much better now ☺️Now, where was I?
The Osprey‘s powerful curved talons come in handy when landing in a tall, bare tree.Unlike other birds of prey, the Osprey‘s talons are “nearly cylindrical, rounded on the top and bottom . . .” (The Scottish Wildlife Trust), and “their toes are lined with short, stiff spikes for extra grip” (Audubon.org) as they catch and carry large […]
The Limpkins were enjoying a lovely morning at this preserve. . . . As I wrote in a recent post, the Apple Snails they love to eat are plentiful here this year.This young fellow had a little trouble negotiating his large find. But he eventually found a solid marshy clump to bang the shell on, and […]
A Tri-colored Heron contemplates his next move just before the sun sets. See more about these delightful wading birds at All About Birds and on some of my previous Birder’s Journey posts.
The Double-crested Cormorant is the most common Cormorant in North America (Audubon). So where are their double crests, you ask?? Oddly enough, the bird is so named because of two tiny, barely noticeable, tufts of black feathers that appear on its head ONLY during breeding season. Speaking of ‘tufts’, this fellow (not in breeding plumage) appears […]