~Eastern Phoebe~

I am happy to share my Eastern Phoebe photos, sitting on a wooden fence, with Theresa at Run-A-Round-Ranch for “Good Fences”. 

http://run-a-roundranch.blogspot.com/2015/02/good-fences-49.html

Flies out from perch, in this case a l ovely wooden fence, to catch insects.

Flies out from perch, in this case a l ovely wooden fence, to catch insects.

Eastern Phoebe, gray-brown above and whitish below

Eastern Phoebe, gray-brown above and whitish below

 

Song sounds like a hoarse rendition of their name, such as "feeble".

She traded her fence perch for a branch. Song sounds like a hoarse rendition of their name, such as “feeble”.

I took these photos at Jonathan Dickinson State Park near the Loxahatchee River

Loxahatchee River at Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Loxahatchee River at Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Until next time…

Good Fences make Good Perches and Good Neighbors

~Meeow~

Meeow is one of the calls of this beautiful, mimic, Thrush called the Gray Catbird. The meeow call is an alarm call.

Gray Catbird, eats mostly mostly insects, spiders, berries and fruits

Gray Catbird, eats mostly insects, spiders, berries and fruits

Gray Catbird, solitary or in pairs. However, I saw up to ten together

Gray Catbird, solitary or in pairs. However, I saw up to ten together

Gray Catbird, short dark bill

Gray Catbird, short dark bill

Gray Catbird, black cap and tail

Gray Catbird, black cap and tail

Gray Catbird, reddish chestnut undertail coverts

Gray Catbird, reddish chestnut undertail coverts

Gray Catbird, does not repeat phrases like other eastern mimic thrushes

Gray Catbird, does not repeat phrases like other eastern mimic thrushes

While camped at Lake Louisa State Park, I enjoyed watching and photographing these Gray Catbirds as they flitted around our site. There were at least ten, if not more. One morning while having coffee, we observed them eating flowers off  the shrubs surrounding the site. I saw my first Gray Catbird on April 3, 1993. (All photos taken using my Canon 70D with Tamron 600m zoom lens.)

Sharing with Steward for Wild Bird Wednesday at:

http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com/2015/02/wild-bird-wednesday-137-noisy-miner.html

 

Until next time, Happy Birding

 

 

~Its been awhile~

Limpkin (seen at Central Florida Fairgrounds while attending HamjCation/2015)

Limpkin (seen at Central Florida Fairgrounds while attending HamjCation/2015)

Its been awhile….

The last time I posted a blog was when we were still at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound, Florida. We left Hobe Sound almost two weeks ago, with love in our hearts for family that live there. Another treasured visit with them and we look forward to returning next season.

Leaving Hobe Sound we traveled to Orlando to attend the 2015 HamCation event that takes place every February at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. For those of you who might not know, HamCation is an event for Amateur Ham Radio operators and enthusiasts. People attend from all over the United States and some traveling from other countries to enjoy this unique event.

This was our fifth year to attend HamCation.  For four nights we parked at the Central Florida Fairgrounds along with nine other FMCA Amateur Radio Ham Club members. We weren’t alone, many, many other Ham Radio Amateur RV’ers were camped there as well.

During the day we walked around the outside flea markets and the vendors booths in several of the building designed to hold big events such as this. In the evening we enjoyed walks, happy hour and cookouts. On one occasion several of us ladies enjoyed some shopping and lunch. It was great fun seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

It made my heart happy to see hubby enjoying his hobby so much; he wore himself out touring all the fleas and vendor booths.

As far as my hobby goes, there is a big lake along one side of the fairgrounds and I was thrilled to see and photograph some of the many shore birds that enjoy this area. Also, saw a pair of nesting Red-shouldered Hawks and one day witnessed one of them swooping down and grabbing a Mourning Dove.

After HamCation us and two other coaches headed to Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont for seven nights of camping, where we enjoyed long walks, evening cookouts, a few meals out and just being together. On one occasion we visited World of Beer (WOB) where we enjoyed several tasty draft brews and a great lunch! Cheers guys!  Until 2016!

Leaving Lake Louisa we headed to Silver River State Park with our wonderful friends and traveling buddies Karla and Larry and here as well, we enjoyed some hikes and a visit to Silver Springs. Karla and Larry left us today to head home and we are going to miss them.

Howard and I remain at Silver River State Park for a few more days. As I sit here, in the coach typing this blog, the sky is a dull grey, the wind is blowing a little stronger, the air is a little cooler and according to the weather service we are in for a few days of rain.

So for the next few days, being outside in the gorgeous Silver River wilderness, won’t look as inviting and we just might get a few inside items accomplished. Things like writing a blog!

I hope you enjoy these photos taken along the shore of the lake at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, Florida.

Smooth Landing

Smooth Landing

Handsome Devil

Handsome Devil

Courtship at the Docks

Courtship at the Docks

I send you Hearts

I send you Hearts

Little Blue I Love You

Little Blue I Love You

Walk this Way

Walk this Way

Pretty and White

Pretty and White

A Cute Coot

A Cute Coot

Looking for my Lady

Looking for my Lady

Until next time…..

Come fly with Us

Come fly with Us

Come fly with Us

 

 

~Birding from a boat~

 

We took a boat ride in brother-in-laws boat, down the Intracoastal Canal in Hobe Sound, Florida and I was able to capture a few bird shots along the way. It is difficult taking photos with the waves lapping against the boat, but the challenge is fun. I hope you enjoy them.

It is great to see so many Osprey nesting here in southern Florida. Too bad we are heading north when the chicks begin to hatch!

Drying its wings

Drying its wings

Shaking off the water after a dive for food

Shaking off the water after a dive for food

Drying its wings

Beautiful Osprey. Its mate was sitting in a nest nearby.

At first glance thought this was an Egret, but after a closer look determined it was a Great Blue! Note the yellow legs and colors around the eyes and bill.

Great Blue Heron, White phase

Great Blue Heron, White phase

Great Blue Heron, White phase

Great Blue Heron, White phase

These guys don’t sit still long.

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher fishing.

Pelicans are seen everywhere along the Intracoastal Canal; they love to snooze on pilings.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

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“I’am watching you”

It was nice to see these Yellow-crowned Herons perched in the Mangroves.

Yellow-crowned Heron

Yellow-crowned Heron

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Until next time….

Great Blue Heron, White phase

Great Blue Heron, White phase

Keep a sharp eye out for potential danger

 

Sharing with Michelle at Rambling Woods for Nature Notes

http://ramblingwoods.com/2015/02/09/nature-notes-299what-good-is-the-warmth-of-summer-without-the-cold-of-winter-to-give-it-sweetness-john-steinbeck/

 

 

 

~Osprey and a nest invader?~

what creature

upset my future

by inhabiting this nest

I did my best

in building my home

 it’s not on loan

you don’t belong

undo this wrong

Could it be an Owl?

Could it be an Owl? Perhaps a Great Horned Owl!

A Big One

A Big One

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A Nice Landing

Until next time….

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Fly Silently and Carry a Big Stick

 

Sharing with Eileen at Viewing Nature with Eileen for Saturday’s Critters

http://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.com/2015/02/saturdays-critters-60.html

 

~Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge~

colors of the sea

aqua, blue, white and green

embraces reality

Serene

Serene

Driftwood

Driftwood

Beach located on the Intracoastal Canal near Hobe Sound, Florida

Beach located on the Intracoastal Canal in Hobe Sound, Florida

Mangroves on the Beach

Mangroves on the Beach

Hobe Sound Wildlife Refuge located right on the Intracoastal Canal

Hobe Sound Wildlife Refuge located right on the Intracoastal Canal

We visited the Hobe Sound Wildlife Refuge and Nature Center, which is located about two miles from Jonathan Dickinson State Park. We hiked the trails, walked on the beach and toured the Nature Center. We observed a Bald Eagle, Osprey and other birds. Here are two full time residents. I wasn’t able to learn exactly what happened to these two beauties, because the person that cares for them at the center was out of the building. It appears they might have broken wings. 

Red-tail Hawk

Red-tail Hawk

Barred Owl

Barred Owl. One day I hope to see this beautiful owl in the wild. I don’t know how long I stood there looking at these two.

Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, was established September 30, 1969. It is a coastal refuge bisected by the Indian River Lagoon into two separate tracts of land totaling over 1000 acres. The 735 acre Jupiter Island tract provides some of the most productive sea turtle nesting habitat in the United States, and the 300 acre sand pine scrub mainland tract is valued because more than 90 percent of this community type has been lost to development in Florida. Sand pine scrub habitat is restricted only to Florida and an adjacent county in Alabama.

Learn more about the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge here: http://www.fws.gov/hobesound/

 

Until Next Time….

"Who Cooks for You"

“Who Cooks for You”

Have a Hoot!