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~A Snowy Egret and a little “this & that”

In the glimmer of late evening,
birds gather at water’s edge,
still as statues,
graceful as ballerinas,
they hunt with patience and persistence,
their beauty is mine to admire.
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Snowy Egret
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“Do you see my Yellow Slippers?”

¬†While staying at Myakka River State Park…

I captured these photos as the sun was setting. They were fishing where an inlet runs into a lake. This series of the Snowy Egret are some of my favorites; I never get tired of watching them.

A little “this and that”….

We are currently back at Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont, Florida. It has been rainy and cool. Not much going on here, and in between rain showers we take long walks, just enjoying the beauty of this Florida State Park.

Monday, I hope to go play Pickleball at the Clermont Recreation Center. When we were here a month ago, I got to play. Loving my new paddle!

Howard took this photo, before the start of the games. Four nets setup in the gym at Clermont. I got to play twice for several hours. Met a lot of nice people.
Howard took this photo, before the start of the games. Four nets setup in the Clermont gym. I got to play twice for several hours. Met a lot of nice people.

Yesterday we enjoyed a late lunch at World of Beer.

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This beer is called Midnight Oil. It is a very dark oatmeal, coffee stout! Yummy! It is brewed at a Florida brewery called Swamp Head Brewing.

Ham Radio and what’s coming up on our schedule…

Howard has setup his Ham Radio antennas and has spent a little time “on the air”. Wednesday we pull into the Orlando Fairgrounds, with a group of friends, for what is called HamCation.

HamCation is a huge convention of ham radio operators and other electronic vendors. Our group, FMCA, Amateur Radio Club, park our rigs on the grounds with easy access to all the activities. People from all over the world attend, shopping for bargains. It is a lot of fun and we are hoping for good weather, no rain!

Until next time, stay dry and warm!

 

 

~Birding in Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota, Florida

We have spent the last few days hanging around the park. Taking walks, birding and enjoying other hobbies. It has been cool, temperatures in the 60’s. We are loving the lower temps!

Remember my header photo of the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks? The reason they were able to rest with their eyes closed is, because they always have one watching for signs of danger.

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A beautiful Northern Cardinal, daily visitor to our site.

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A late evening walk along the river gave me these two gifts above.

Great Blue Heron

Look closely at the Great Blue Heron photo above. The two additional Anhinga photos are of it trying to dry its feathers after hunting.

A few additional Anhinga photos from walks around the park.

Little Blue Herons, Tri-colored Herons, Great Egrets, all seen in Myakka River State Park.

Along with Black-crowned and Green Herons

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Glossy and White Ibis, another late evening shot.

Myakka River State Park is a wonderful place to visit if you enjoy birding, biking, hiking, kayaking, or just the peacefulness of being out in nature.

Coming up, a late evening photo shoot with a Snowy Egret.

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Have fun everyday!

~Daily Post Photo Challenge-My Muse, Birds

Sharing with The Daily Post Photo Challenge –¬†Muse

Birds, Birds, Birds…

Short-billed Dowitcher
Short-billed Dowitcher
Gray Catbird, solitary or in pairs. However, I saw up to ten together
Gray Catbird
Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill
Florida Scrub Jay
Florida Scrub Jay
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Loggerhead Shrike
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Crested Caracara
Post Ornament
Black Vulture
May all your baskets (nests) be filled with good things!
Great Egret
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler
An Early Morning Moment
Northern Mockingbird
Limpkin
Limpkin
Great White Heron
Great White Heron

 I could go on and on, but I will stop with these few birds. Birding is a fun hobby and capturing them with my camera is my muse.

~Hurry up Spring, we’re waiting!

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I took these photos last year on May 4, 2014. The beautiful Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly was enjoying nectar from a tree in our yard. This May 4th is very different!

Today, it has been rainy and cool; I feel as if Spring hasn’t arrived yet in¬†northern Colorado. We have had lots of rain, which is good, but it brings cool, gloomy days. Our flowering trees haven’t¬†bloomed, the sumacs are just starting to leaf out and I haven’t seen any butterflies.

We arrived back home in early April and discovered that we had lost a few of our trees and shrubs – a Radiant Crabapple and a Cherry tree. These two trees were planted many, many years ago, have bloomed every year to our delight and to the delight of many species of bird, butterfly and honey bee. I am truly saddened by, losing them.

They died over the winter, we are guessing, due to lack of moisture, but not sure. We have noticed, driving around town, that many of the local pine trees have died. Luckily, none of our pines seem to have been affected by the weather conditions of this past winter.

On a happier note we have many birds visiting our yard and especially enjoying some of the birdbaths we keep filled for them. One of the birdbaths we can see from our dining table and early each morning, while drinking coffee, we are entertained by many of them taking a bath.

It is funny to observe the different techniques each species of bird seems to have for bathing (not sure if this extends to individual birds). The American Robin will jump right in, splash and splash until we think all the water has been emptied¬†out; the Western Scrub Jay will jump in, splash a couple of times, hop out and up on a branch in a big Blue Spruce where it sits for a few seconds and then repeats its’¬†steps; the Black-headed Chickadee, with sit on the rim of the birdbath, look around for quite awhile and then deciding¬†it is safe will¬†jump in where it splashes around giving itself a really good bath.

I few of the¬†migrating birds I can’t wait to see each spring are back –¬†the Townsend Solitary, Western Kingbird, Bullock’s Oriole, Lazuli Bunting, White-crowned Sparrow just to list¬†a few. I haven’t seen any Hummingbirds yet. Hopefully, I will capture a few photos of them.

Speaking of migrating, we are enjoying being back home and have settled into our¬†“being home” routines. This past Sunday, I completed a¬†four week Pickleball class, which I truly enjoyed and I look forward to playing the game during the next several months. I have been buying a few house plants and can’t wait to start planting in my flower gardens (when it warms up enough).

Howard has been having fun with¬†electronic projects (building things using Arduino micro-controllers)¬†and enjoying his Ham Radio. ¬†We walk the “girls” two miles everyday and go to the gym three/four times a week, so hopefully we will keep fit!

Just a few rambling notes on this 4th day of May.¬†Hurry up Spring, we’re waiting!

I hope, wherever you might be, you are enjoying your Spring!