Monthly Archives: February 2011

~Sunset for Sunday~

Howdee all,

A few days ago after my

Crab love encounter and the Pelican photo shoot. We ended that wonderful day with a Beautiful

Sunset ~

the sun behind the Palm tree…Hutchinson Island_203I move to get a better angle…Hutchinson Island_205Its low tide in the Indian River…Hutchinson Island_208The pale pinks touch the water…Hutchinson Island_211Birds fly overhead toward their overnight accommodations…Hutchinson Island_212Brown Pelican…Hutchinson Island_213Getting home before dark…Hutchinson Island_214The setting sun starts to glow more orange…Hutchinson Island_215I see the sun behind a distant building…Hutchinson Island_216lovely and serene..Hutchinson Island_217Then…the fireball appears to the right of the building..Hutchinson Island_220Glowing ball of fiery sunHutchinson Island_222I zoom in for a better view…ahh..that’s what the building looks like..Hutchinson Island_224The sun sits on the horizon…Hutchinson Island_226I then zoom back out…Hutchinson Island_229And we leave as the sun slips below the horizon…Hutchinson Island_227

Jeff and I are still in Jensen beach, Florida… we move north in a few days to Merritt Island area for some New awnings on our ten year old RV (HOMEY)~our old awnings are full of holes..

While there we will do some birding and explore the area.

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Brown Pelican photo shoot

Howdee all,

Here in Florida the Brown Pelicans know where to hang out…

Your local fish cleaning station…Hutchinson Island_103Waiting for some easy fish to come in…Hutchinson Island_105

If anyone knows my wardrobe color scheme~they know I wear mostly Brown and Beige..so ..these birds remind me of my wardrobe..:)

  I Love the brown and beige colors of these pelican against the blue water.Hutchinson Island_111Look at that blob of cute…Hutchinson Island_112I had a great time shooting away…

Juvenile dirty brown all over with white belly, pale line along middle of underwing. Bill gray-brown. Yearling similar, but more gray on back and with some white feathers on sides of head and neck. Bill becomes paler and may have some yellow or orange.

Hutchinson Island_116Adult…

Adult Breeding
Plumage is primarily gray and brown, marked with a blackish belly, yellowish head, and chestnut or cinnamon brown nape and hindneck (Terres 1980; Farrand 1983; Harrison 1996).

Adult Non-breeding
Plumage is similar but duller to that of the adult coloration during the summer season (Farrand 1983; Harrison 1996).  The nape and hindneck are mostly white with occasional tinges of yellow. via Smithsonian research at Fort Pierce website

 

Hutchinson Island_121Both Sexes have the same coloration at each phase.Hutchinson Island_118Striking…colors of the adult..Hutchinson Island_137While the Browns of the juvies blend into a warm softness..

Hutchinson Island_122 What color scheme is more attractive to you?Hutchinson Island_123The more dramatic yellows, brown-black and gray with the pop of red around the eye?

Or the warm brown tones of the young Pelicans?Hutchinson Island_128Take a look at both color schemes together…

Adult and Juvenile

I like them both..but I favor the warm browns..

Hutchinson Island_127Oh…..Have you seen those feet?Hutchinson Island_130

Big and webbed they hold up this large critter…Hutchinson Island_142I know..what your thinking just about now..…

Allot of Pelican photos!…

ha…

If you know me I am not one to easily weed photos …

Although, I really did take out lots..

Really I did .:)Hutchinson Island_154Juvi and AdultHutchinson Island_156This one looks like a painting…

Ok..humor me…

Yes..Dawn, it looks just like a painting!

Hutchinson Island_194Alligator? Hutchinson Island_163Nope..just the end of this awesome bill…Hutchinson Island_165

While looking at all these Brown beauties…Hutchinson Island_192

I noticed this fellow…

and what caught my attention was its feet…Hutchinson Island_201Quite different than the Black beautiful feet above…these are worn and gray and very old looking…cuts in the side of the leg…

And it was banded…Hutchinson Island_198I tried to capture all of the number…it looks like

1118- I couldn’t make out the number to call or where it was from…

I have been spending the morning googling to find out where to report the tagged bird…anyone out there know who to call?Hutchinson Island_202

Ok..that’s enough of Pelicans for now, I need to go back and get some shots of the pouch…these fellas were relaxing so they weren’t showing off that famous pouch..more to come next photo shoot.. 🙂

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~I fell in Love at the beach~

Howdee all,

Yes you heard me..I fell in Love yesterday…

It wasn’t the first time~and I am sure it wont be the last:)

Jeff and I went for a ride to see Hutchinson Island…

We stopped at Blind Creek Park~a 400 acre preserve in between the Indian river to the Ocean.

Ocean side~View looking north~

Hutchinson Island_010View looking south~Hutchinson Island_011Looking east~

~a very quiet beach and no high-risesHutchinson Island_012Looking down ~

I see many shellsHutchinson Island_019Some nice shells here~Hutchinson Island_014

Jeff and I collected a few~ Hutchinson Island_020

And then…………..

I saw itHutchinson Island_034And~

I fell in Love~Hutchinson Island_035It seemed to be following me as I picked shells…

Hutchinson Island_032Wanting to be noticed?

Cute little seedy black eyes, pale blue back and fuzzy yellow legs~

I admired it for quite a while…Hutchinson Island_036

Isn’t it adorable?

I didn’t know what kind of crab it was at the time…Hutchinson Island_039I walked on and left the crab as I picked up shells~

Then I saw a few Gulls with a crab….

OH NO

I chased the Gulls…

and it dropped what was left of the crab…

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Two pieces…

My new love?

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I ran down the beach to see if My Crab was still there…

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And there is was…

still out in the open…

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Jeff and I didn’t know how to protect it so we built a small shelter.

I began to worry about it…

a few gulls flew overhead…

they saw it…Hutchinson Island_043I saw some holes at the high tide mark  about twenty feet away….

I thought maybe it had come from one of these holes…So Jeff took a stick and the little crab grabbed onto it…he then put the crab at the edge of the hole..and it slid in sideways …fitting perfectly…

We left thinking my new Love was safe..Hutchinson Island_044

When I came home I googled and found out my Lovely crab is a Ghost Crab…

they live in holes at the high tide line…Hutchinson Island_059

I hope my little friend is ok…

I like to think it is..Hutchinson Island_024My new Love 🙂Hutchinson Island_068

Tuesday touching Turtles

Howdee all,

Florida Turtles..

Florida Cooter ~ Florida Red-bellied Turtle ~ Red-eared Slider ~ Florida Softshell

turtle signTurtle lounge chair for four..Turtle (8)Looks like a few different types here..my guess is Florida Cooter and Florida Red-bellied TurtlesTurtle (7)Turtle stackTurtles jeffs (2)most of these photos were taken at Green Cay wetlands….Turtle (2)I couldn’t see much of a pattern on the back of the turtlesTurtle (1)I think this must be some type of algae growth on the turtles..Turtle (3)Check out those feet!Turtle (6)Turtle approaching log..Turtles (2)Does this look like turtle love?Turtles (8)

Sweet…Turtles (1)

Turtle jeffs

Jeff and I are here at a funky RV park in Jensen Beach, Florida.

We are a two mile walk ~over the causeway bridge~ to the beach.

Its been in the high seventies and low eighties..Shorts weather.

Hope its warming up for all my friends and family in the north~sending you boxes of warmth..hope it gets to you soon~

Sunday Sunrise and Sunset..

Howdee all,

We said goodbye to John Prince Park….

Limpkin, Lake Worth Florida (sunrise)

morning at john prince_044

We are now in Jensen Beach, Florida

Funky little RV park by the intercoastal….

See the peachy building in the distance?

(Sunset)

IMG_0286Nice little café on the water…bridge in the distance beyond.

Sunset Jensen Beach pichfords rv park

We have some exploring to do…

Hope you are all Counting the birds..

They are counting on you! Smile

Goodbye~ John Prince Park~

Howdee all,

We have been here in John Prince Park, Lake Worth, Florida for two weeks now…and its time to move on.

We tried to extend our time here, but, the park is full. I called many places to try and get reservations for this busy weekend…I was able to find availability a bit further north at Jensen Beach.

I wanted to share a few videos here taken while at John Prince.

Goodbye John Prince …I will miss my morning Limpkin Wake up call..yeah, believe it or not I looked forward to thatSmile

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The video below is from my morning walk…There is a small craft airport nearby…so toward the end of the video..that is what you hear…otherwise it is very quiet..

This next video is sunrise over the lake behind our Homey…Stay with the video to see the Common Moorhen couple.

Take Care and see you all at our next Destination.

 

Jensen Beach…if you know the area and want to recommend things to see..just leave a comment below.

Thanks!

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Count some birds~it helps~its easy~win Prizes!

Howdee all,

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Friday, February 18, through Monday, February 21

Lets all do this..at least one day for 15 minutes……

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Plan to count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like—one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist for each new day. You can also submit more than one checklist per day if you count in other locations on that day.

2. Count the greatest number of individuals of each species that you see together at any one time. You may find it helpful to print out your regional bird checklist to get an idea of the kinds of birds you’re likely to see in your area in February. You could take note of the highest number of each species you see on this checklist.


3. When you’re finished, enter your results through our web page. You’ll see a button marked “Enter Your Checklists!” on the website home page beginning on the first day of the count. It will remain active until the deadline for data submission on March 1st.

You can count the birds in your own back yard, or wherever you are.

Watch the video below for the easy instructions.

Download this PDF file with instructions

 Info below taken from the GBBC site..click on this link to go there

Your counts can help us answer many questions:

  • How will this winter’s snow and cold temperatures influence bird populations?

  • Where are winter finches and other “irruptive” species that appear in large numbers during some years but not others?

  • How will the timing of birds’ migrations compare with past years?

  • How are bird diseases, such as West Nile virus, affecting birds in different regions?

  • What kinds of differences in bird diversity are apparent in cities versus suburban, rural, and natural areas?

  • Are any birds undergoing worrisome declines that point to the need for conservation attention?

  • Scientists use the counts, along with observations from other citizen-science projects, such as the Christmas Bird Count, Project FeederWatch, and eBird, to give us an immense picture of our winter birds. Each year that these data are collected makes them more meaningful and allows scientists to investigate far-reaching questions.

And did you know that you can win prizes for helping?

check out the prizes..one of them is an Ipod touch with the Audubon bird app!

~Morning on the Lake~John Prince Park,FL

Howdee all,

This morning after my Limpkin alarm clock woke me. I took an early morning walk.I took along my Canon point and shoot and my Itouch…

Can you tell what photos were taken with each camera?

This first photo was taken behind the homey…

morning at john prince_004It was a beauteous morning!

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I walked alone..

Jeff flew back to Boston, his 97 year old aunt passed away…

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I stayed behind to take care of Ballie….

morning at john prince_035Goodbye Aunt Lil~ we had some fun times together….IMG_0267

You liked Florida….

IMG_0270It really is lovely here…IMG_0280I remember when Jeff and I first started RVing…We didn’t think we would like Florida…too many people…to many high rises…not enough places to hike.

IMG_0281We now love coming here…

we always find wonderful pockets of nature…morning at john prince_051Florida is not just high rises on the beach, we were mistaken…morning at john prince_053We come to Florida to bird and to visit family and friends….IMG_0279To enjoy warm weather in the winter…morning at john prince_080It suits us …one of the many places we enjoy in the winter…morning at john prince_081Hi there!…:)morning at john prince_082So, if you are cold and need to get warmed up…morning at john prince_086Come to Florida…morning at john prince_117Its really warm here….morning at john prince_122You can go for walks every day without slipping on white stuff….morning at john prince_093When in Florida, we love staying here at John Prince Park..morning at john prince_098You would never know there was a sprawling town all around us…IMG_0266Its peaceful here….IMG_0262

We leave Lake Worth on Friday and head north on the coast..next stop Jensen beach.

♥~Valentine hearts~Cactus Wren Love~♥

Howdee all,

Its Valentines Day…

♥  Love is in the air ♥

 I filmed this a few years back while in Arizona..

I hope you can hang in there and watch the whole video..the cactus wren are so much fun.

I love to find hearts in nature…

Here are a few hearts from the past..

I found this heart in the Mohave National Preserve

imageThis one in Leon Sinks geological area….

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While Birding the Consumnes River Preserve

I photographed these Sandhill crane with their red heart above the bill…image

I hope you find some today

♥  Happy Valentines Day ♥

Coot Feet~Sweet

Howdee all,

I want you to see these feet!~ Mind you, my photos are taken with a point and shoot..wish I had a DSLR for something like this..

Coot (1)

Notice the strange feet of the Coot. Unlike ducks and most other water birds, which have webbed
feet, the Coot has feet which are lobed.
To take off from the water, the Coot does not flap its wings and rise upward like other waterfowl are capable of doing.
Instead, Coots run over the water surface on their their feet, thrashing their wings until becoming air-borne. Their tail is
so short that it cannot be used for steering during flight. Instead, the Coot uses its outstretched feet to steer while flying.
One of the Coot’s predators is the bald eagle, possibly because the Coot becomes air borne so slowly compared to other
waterfowl. Also, Coots like open water and therefore are in plain sight imagewhen the eagle is looking for food. Typically, Coots and
Rails are weak flyers compared to ducks and geese. 
 

 

Aren’t they the coolest things?…Coot (3)Sweet Feet!Coot (2)Red eye…coot (6)Red dotted noggin…

(red-brown frontal shield on the forehead)coot 1A cover or raft of CootCoot

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