While watching some of my fine-looking bird friends just before a rain shower the other evening, I got to wondering about the origin of the expression “fine feathered friends”. As a child, I learned from my father that we “look it up” if we want to find out about something. I recall running often to the bookshelf […]
I just love living so close to our wetland preserves and sanctuaries. So many miracles of creation – every outing is a joy~!
The Roseate Spoonbills appear just about every morning and evening nowadays, individually and in groups. They are so stunning!Birders and photographers often wait endlessly for them to take off (or at least flap their wings for effect) so we can ‘capture’ a great shot of them in flight. But I think sometimes that they just […]
I blogged last week about the Cattle Egret’s colorful transformation – here’s another look, above. This post includes a few more examples of how striking some of the other wetland birds look in March. This young Roseate Spoonbill is one of the all-time favorites. Although I’m not sure they are nesting in our area now, […]
It is fascinating to observe the feeding behaviors of the large wading birds in our Wetlands. The Roseate Spoonbill featured above was using the steady, back-and-forth foraging motion this beautiful bird uses to find and capture its prey.Through a unique process called tactolocation, the Roseate feeds in shallow water by sweeping its large spoon-shaped bill from side to side. […]
In this week’s Torah portion, we read the story of the Jewish people crossing the Red Sea, following the Exodus from Egypt. After the splitting of the Sea and their miraculous rescue across on dry land, the people sang a beautiful song of thanks and praise to G-d, the Song of the Sea, when they reached the opposite […]
“The heavens declare the glory of G-d; the sky proclaims His handiwork.” Tehillim (Psalms) 19:2 I had just spotted this lovely Roseate Spoonbill standing nearby, when suddenly he took off right over my head~!
We witnessed a magnificent Sunset (above) over the Gulf of Mexico this past Sunday. The brilliant oranges and yellows got me thinking about how different “Fall” looks in different places. These beautiful, rich Purple Morning Glories above were blooming all along the roadside on the water’s edge at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge the other day. Their bright blossoms […]
Sometimes we are lucky enough to encounter beauty in the world around us when we least expect it. One recent morning, while I was busy looking down instead of up, the Roseate Spoonbill featured above (and below) in this post just appeared out of nowhere! Suddenly someone called out, “Oh, look, a Roseate Spoonbill!”, and I was fortunate […]
“To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under Heaven.” These are familiar words to many of us, and English speakers are likely to have heard the song Turn, Turn, Turn, popularized in the 1960’s, when folk singer Pete Seeger put these very words to a beautiful melody. But did you know […]