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Thursday, December 29, 2011

THE BIRDS

Today, I had the most amazing experience...and NO CAMERA!!!

I was visiting my brother's home and passed a pond in his neighborhood...FILLED with the most incredible birds... (I am borrowing photos from National Geographic and other online sources.)

What first caught my eye were the 30+  ANHINGAS floating and diving in the pond. As I left, they were all sitting together, drying their wings...

BLUE HERONS were scattered along the shore. Interestingly, they seemed to be spaced apart at equal distances. I wonder if that was a territorial thing or just a coincidence. My SIL and I counted 8 of these beauties...

Of course, there were many EGRETS feeding...and walking about...

and some ducks... floating...

The most amazing birds were 3 rare WOODSTORKS wandering together along the banks...and a few more at random points of land. We counted a total of 7...

                                       

All in all...there were about 100 wild birds in this one medium-sized pond. I hope to head back there tomorrow...just in case the birds are still hanging around...and I'll BRING MY CAMERA!!!

I am linking up with Outdoor Wednesday.



4 comments:

Beach House Living said...

Wow that must have been so interesting so many kinds.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Don't you love living in Florida? When I first came here, I thought we had moved to paradise!

Loved seeing these beautiful creatures, and I do hope you have your camera with you and that they are still there. Just glorious, Jane!

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. I finally got my computer back, then my camera went missing. I've decided to muddle through with the one I have for now and then change at some point down the line. Probably to a Mac.

Hope things are well there. I think of you often. We had a good CHristmas... hectic and crazy, but good all the same. I'm wishing y'all a very Happy New Year.

Love to you...

XO,

Sheila :-)

becky said...

Ah yes, that looks like the Myakka River State Park...so many wonderful birds!! I have a gang of egrets in my yard every day...love the way they lift their legs and slip along so smoothly.

jmac said...

oh jane.....when our boat is in Florida, I spend all of my time photographing the many different species down there. Of all the places we've been, FL by far, has the most diverse types of birds anywhere. I have to send you a shot I got, actually right here at our lakehouse, of a heron that flew a mere 10 ft from my nose. And I just magically caught him perfectly....have won some awards with that one!!! lemme go dig it up for you!!