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~A handsome fellow with a green head

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Through the trees,

¬†at water’s edge,

A handsome fellow,

with a green head.

Through the Trees at Waters Edge
Through the Trees at Waters Edge

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Enjoys a swim,

and searching for food,

head first he plunges,

unaware he is being viewed.

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Using his feet,

to paddle around,

he goes in circles,

not making a sound.

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Water swirls,

up he pops,

needs a breath,

off his body water drops.

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Head first he tries again,

makes a wider circle,

paddles faster,

focused on his purpose.

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This male Mallard made us giggle. We watched him tipping head first into the pond and using his feet to paddle around searching for seeds, plants and snails.

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~Just Look~

Look up,

look down,

look around, 

and always,

look forward,

to tomorrow.

Howard and I had fun watching these Canada Geese while camped at Meaher State Park in Spanish Fort, Alabama. Not long after the geese found a safe rousting spot and the sun dipped over the horizon, a full moon greeted us with its bright happy face to wish us sweet dreams.

Look Left
Look Left
Look Right
Look Right
Look Down
Look Down
Look Up
Look Up
Camped along Mobile Bay
Camped along Mobile Bay
Sunset over Mobile Bay
Sunset turning Mobile Bay aglow.

Until next time…..

Just Look!

Full Moon over Mobile Bay
Full Moon over Mobile Bay

 

 

 

~Friday’s Feathered Friend~ (Tricolored Heron)

~Tricolored Heron Рslate-gray upper parts, white underparts, long yellowish bill with dark tip, reddish brown streaks on fore neck, dull yellow long legs

Added to my Birding Life List on April 14, 1993

White breeding plumage, white belly, reddish brown streaks on foreneck
Slate-gray upper parts, white belly, reddish brown streaks on foreneck

Interesting Facts:

~Tricolored refers to the dark upper parts, white underparts and the reddish brown strips on the fore neck

~The Tricolored Heron measures about 26 inches long and weighs 13 ounces, with a 36-inch wingspan

~The only heron with a dark body and white belly

~One of the most abundant herons found in the Deep South

~Formerly called the Louisiana Heron

~In breeding plumage there are white plumes on the back of the lower neck, crown and back

~Stalks its prey in shallow or deeper water, goes deeper out in the water than other herons

"Do you see my breeding white plumes?"
“Do you see my white plumes?”

Breeding and Nesting: Three or four light blue green eggs are laid on a platform nest made of stems and twigs, occasionally lined with grass; nests in mixed-species rookeries on coastal islands, although some may nest in swamp forests. Both parents incubate eggs for about 21 days.

Long yellowish legs, long dagger bill with black tip
Long yellowish legs, long dagger bill with black tip

Range and Habitat: Breeds in southeastern New Mexico and Texas, on the Gulf Coast, and along the Atlantic coast north to southern Maine (rarely). Spends winters along the coast from Texas and New Jersey south to northern South America and West Indies. Preferred habitats include swamps, bayous, coastal ponds, salt marshes, mangrove islands, mudflats, and lagoons.

Peek-A-Boo
Peek-A-Boo

I captured these photos on March 9, 2014 while staying at Meaher State Park in Spanish Fort, Alabama. He was hunting along the shore of the Bay. The entire time he was searching for food one of the two resident alligators was slowly swimming toward him. I don’t know what I would have done if the alligator got close enough to strike – scare the heron away or let nature take its course.

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Just as I am! Every Friday you may participate in Feathers on Friday at Prairie Birder.

Here is Charlotte’s Blog web-site:

http://prairiebirder.wordpress.com

This is another great Blog to learn about Birds!

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Enjoy Birdwatching!

It can be entertaining as well as educational!

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Note:Some of my information for this post was taken from Field Guide to Birds of North America, Smithsonian Handbook, Birds of North America and Cornell Lad of Ornithology and their website All About Birds.

~ whimsical, a hint of spring~

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in a sea of green

i notice a flash of pink

down i go to drink

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Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly
(I played around with the vibrance on this photo

 

This gorgeous Butterfly flitted around our camp site feeding on these lovely pick flowers. She didn’t stay long,¬†perhaps a few seconds and away she flew.

I never did get a sharp photo, but that doesn‚Äôt matter. I love the beauty of this delicate butterfly, the colors of the tiny flowers and lush grasses, and the¬†image it suggest….

Spring is on its way!

Live in the Now

~Gators, Good Eats and Good Times~

~Meaher State Park~

Spanish Fort, Alabama

http://www.alapark.com/meaher/

Big Mama
Big Mama
(This Gator was sunning herself behind Felix’s Fish Camp)

We arrived at Meaher State Park on Sunday and have eaten our way to Tuesday. It is a good thing we are leaving Wednesday morning! ¬†However, with more southern Good Eats to look forward to, before we leave the states of Mississippi and Louisiana, I guess going on a diet will have to wait until I return home! I won’t even think about Tex-Mex as we travel across Texas!

What do all the items listed below have in common? Good Eats in Spanish Fort, Alabama!!

~Southern Pecan Beer~Soft Shell Crab~Oysters~Red Beans and Rice~Cheesy Grits~Crab Cakes~Seafood Gumbo~Green Fried Tomatoes~Seasoned Fresh Turnips~

Two places, to enjoy a fantastic meal around the Mobile area are: Felix’s Fish Camp and The Oyster House.  Both of these restaurants are located within a couple of miles from the state park.

These are the two we dined at, but there are many more to choose from. Judging by the people eating out in this area, we would say the economy is booming! 

Felix's Fish Camp
Felix’s Fish Camp
(where we enjoyed a delicious lunch)
Felix
Felix, when he is not in the kitchen cooking!
The Original Oyster House
The Original Oyster House
(our day two lunch)
A tall glass of Southern Pecan beer from the Lazy Magnolia Brewery
At The Original Oyster house we enjoyed a tall glass of Southern Pecan beer from the Lazy Magnolia Brewery
(located in Mississippi!

If you are ever driving west on 1-10 toward Mobile, Alabama, think about stopping for a day or two at Meaher State Park in Spanish Fort. Ask for their senior discount!

Meaher State Park is a lovely park situated in the wetlands of Mobile Bay.  Lots of Bays in the area: Mobile Bay, Ducker Bay, Chacaloochee Bay, Justin’s Bay,  D-Olive Bay and I am sure there must be others.

The campground has 56 new campsites all with full hookups. It has a new bathhouse with a 6 machine laundry room. All sites have blacktop pads, lots of grassy area between each site and all set in among tall pines. We are in a back-in site right on the Bay. Which bay, I guess it depends in what direction you are looking!!

If you are into touring grocery stores (which I get a big kick out of) while traveling, you will have a wonderful selection to pick from here in Spanish Fort, to include Florida’s Publix and Fresh Market!

Back Yard Gator (one of two hanging out behind our coach)
Back Yard Gator (one of two hanging out behind our coach)
A Reflection of a Happy Camper
A Reflection of a Happy Camper
A Cloudy Day Swimmer
A Cloudy Day Swimmer
A Broad Walk out into the Bay
A Broadwalk out into the Bay
Do you see our camp site in the distance?
Another view of our site from the boardwalk
Another view of our site from the boardwalk
"Are you enjoying the Sunset over my Bay?"
“Are you enjoying the Sunset over my Bay?”
I feel like I should have given her a name!
Hundreds of ducks landing in the Bay for the night!
Hundreds of ducks landing in the Bay for the night!
The Bay Bridge in the distance and a Fishing Pier in the park
The Bay Bridge in the distance and a Fishing Pier in the park on the right
A Mobile Bay Sunset as taken from our backyard
A  Bay Sunset as taken from our backyard

Did you think I forgot to take any additional bird photos? Nope, just wait!

Live in the Now