Saturday, August 1, 2015

Saturday's Critters #85

It's Saturday and it's time to share your critters.. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who has linked up in the past and for those who are linking in on this week's critter party. And of course I always appreciate my blogging friends stopping by just for a visit.

These images are from March, we stopped in Savannah Georgia on the drive home from Florida. Near our hotel, I found the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. I try to visit any wildlife refuge in the area where we are traveling. The Savannah NWR is another wildlife refuge I can cross off my NWR list.

Above are the White Ibis adult and juvenile, a Glossy Ibis and a duck.

A few baby gators piled up. How many gators do you see?

Going for a ride, a gator on the turtle's back. I think they are strange companions!

A Green Heron

A Great Egret next to  a Snowy Egret for a size comparison.

I've been contacted and asked to share some important news Critter related on the  Elephant protection initiative org

The President of Kenya today joined the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI), the African-led conservation program to eradicate the ivory trade and stop the continued slaughter of the continent’s elephants by poachers. The commitment was made at a signing ceremony arranged by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources for the Kenya-based wildlife charity Space for Giants at State House in Nairobi. It was one of a series of pledges made by the President on joining the Giants Club, Africa’s new governmental conservation initiative that has been launched by Space for Giants. 

Being an animal lover, I love all the critters. I believe the elephants and all wildlife all around the world should be safe in their own habitats. I appreciate that the governments will try their best to stop poaching and banning the sale of ivory. Also President Obama has announced a proposal to tighten control on domestic Ivory trade which follows last year's order to combat wildlife trafficking.

On to what I think is sad news from the past week and going wild on facebook, the much loved Cecil the Lion was killed by an American Hunter who paid $55,000 for his guide. The lion was lured away from the park with meat. Please help put a stop to this Trophy hunting of endangered animals. Cecil the lion Petition  and this older  (2012 hunt) article was previous Trump-big-African-hunt the Trump son's were posing with the Leopard, Elephants tail and more.

Being an animal lover, these trophy hunts and photos of the hunters smiling and posing with their kill just makes me sick. Someone needs to speak up and be a voice for these animals!

Sharing ..A quote by Paul Rodriquez
"Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game."
RIP Cecil the Lion.

 I hope you enjoyed my LIVE critters and post. As always thanks again for linking up, for the nice comments and for visiting my post. I wish everyone a happy weekend!

Thanks to Tex Theresa aka Tex, I was able to add this link up button and thanks to  Jennifer for creating my photo badge.

To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.  Also check out Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting this fun meme.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cape May NJ

I am linking up with Skywatch Friday  and Good Fences
I hope you can join in on the fun and share your fence scenes and pretty skies.

For this week's Good Fence and Skywatch Friday memes I am sharing an overnight visit to Cape May/Atlantic City, New Jersey earlier in July. It was a pretty day to visit Cape May and the beach, I think I even got a little sunburnt.

A mosaic of the Cape May wildlife: Top Row is the Purple Martin house, Halloween Pennant Dragonfly, Carolina Wren. Second Row : Black Crowned Night Heron, Muskrat, Bunny, Third Row: Least Tern, Oystercatcher, Black Skimmers. Bottom Row: Blue Grosbeak, Mute Swan, possibly Forster's Terns.

For my Skywatch shot, the Cape May lighthouse and the Purple Martin birdhouse.

You have to look closely for this fence, just a white string tied to the area closed sign. This is to protect the birds nesting on the beach and dunes.

Another sky shot,  hubby and I sat on our beach chairs watching the waves. A few dolphins swimming by and the planes with their advertisements.

The Least Terns recognizable with the white spot on their foreheads. LOL, do birds even have foreheads? My birds posts are just for fun and I hope the serious birders do not find my post on the birds, their birdie parts and or how I type their names unacceptable. I guess they are skipping the part, that I admit I am blogging just for fun, I am an amateur photographer and I must admit sometimes I might miss a spelling error or put a dash on a bird's name when it does not belong.

Which leads me to bird slang, are you a birder or a birdwatcher? Maybe you are a twitcher or a dude.  Definition of a Dude: a low-keyed birdwatching hobbyist with a lack of devotion or enthusiasm.  A dude, really? Why bother birdwatching if you are not enthused with the birds? I love all the birds and wildlife, my favorite thing to do is go out and look for any species of wildlife. Maybe I am not understanding the definition of a Dude, could I be a dude-woman? I found this link with bird slang check it out Bird slang

A fence scene and a happy couple walking down the trail to the beach. This shot works for both Tex's Good Fences and for my Skywatch Friday shot. I hope you enjoyed our Cape May visit.

I hope you enjoyed my post and photos. Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comments.
To see more pretty skies from around the world please visit  Skywatch Friday
and check for more fence shots at Tex's Good Fences

Thanks to Theresa @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences and thanks to Sylvia, Yogi  and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday.    I wish everyone a happy day and weekend ahead..

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Gull-billed Tern

Linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes and NC Sue Wordless
I hope you can join in and share your wild birds and nature scenes.

For this week's wild bird I am sharing my latest lifer #451, the Gull-billed Tern. Hubby and I took a quickie overnight visit to the Jersey shores. We visited Cape May NJ and one of our favorite wildlife refuges Edwin Forsythe NWR near Atlantic City NJ. My lifer was seen at the wildlife refuge and hubby was the first to spot the Gull-billed Tern.

Hubby was the first to notice this bird's bill. It is a heavier black bill than the small terns. The Gull-billed Tern is considered a scarce coastal species seen in the summer months.

We watched the Tern for a while splishing and splashing in the water.

I hope you enjoyed my latest lifer and wild bird post and photos. Till next week's wild bird post. Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful bird and nature photos please visit:

 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes and NC Sue Wordless

Thanks to all of our hosts. Michelle for Nature Notes and Stewart of Wild Bird Wednesday and Sue for Wordless Wednesday.

  Happy Birding and have a wonderful week!