Saturday, April 25, 2015

Saturday's Critters #71


Saturday's Critters #71

Happy weekend, everyone!  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.

I am at the end of sharing our visit and photos from the Merritt Island NWR, here are some more birds and a dolphin seen on the bay side at the Canaveral National Seashore..Do not be disappointed though I still have lots more Florida photos to share, lol!


An American Kestrel seen at the Merritt Island NWR.


A male Belted Kingfisher, sorry the branches were hanging down.. It still looks cute!



We walked to the bayside at the Canaveral National Seashore and just in time to see this dolphin swimming close to the shore..




A Willet on the beach at the Canaveral National Seashore..I hope you enjoyed this series of birds and the dolphin.. Now, I am looking forward to seeing your critters.





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.

Thank you for the visits and for all the nice comments.. As always I appreciate your participating with my critter party..Have a happy weekend!



87 comments:

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

I sure wish we would have had more time at Merritt Island when we had the chance to visit. There is so much wildlife to see! So glad you enjoyed your time there and you have some great photos. Thank you for hosting every week. It's fun to have a place to share my bird photos.

Cloudia said...

SO Nice! You know Ima be back with the goods, E!




ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

Gunilla Bäck said...

I love the kestrel and the kingfisher. Have a wonderful weekend, Eileen!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wow - all those wonderful birds - love the kingfisher and Willet - and the dolphin - what good luck.

Adam Jones said...

Great picture of the Belted Kingfisher Eileen.
Have a great weekend :-)

Jeanne said...

love this shot of the kingfisher! Such a unique bird.

Margaret Adamson said...

Three lovely birds adn a Dolphin t add to the fix. Great post and thanks for hosting, Have a lovely weekend.

Wandering Wren said...

Seeing a dolphin is always an uplifting experience isn't it? You're right the kingfisher is cute! Happy birding this weekend!
Wren x

Ela said...

Eileen, as always your pictures are excellent !!! I am delighted with all your pictures !!
Have a lovely weekend :)

Sara D.B. said...

Beautiful photos, as always!
The Kingfisher is also my favourite.
Happy weekend, Eileen!

Jo said...

What a treat for me to see the American Kestrel (I love the spotted chest) and the Belted Kingfisher makes me long for our Pied Kingfishers in Tanzania! Thanks for hosting this delightful meme. Happy weekend to you, Eileen. Jo

betty manousos said...

hi eileen, beautiful views and great photos!
thanks for hosting and have a great weekend~xo

NatureFootstep said...

the Kestrel adn the Kingfisher are both favorite birds :)

Thanks for hosting this fun meme. :)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Love the way you 'framed' the kingfisher!!!!

Irma said...

Hello Eileen,
Beautiful pictures as always.
I like the Kingfisher.
Have a nice weekend.

Sue said...

I've always enjoyed Kingfishers. Beautiful (and funny looking at the same time!!) birds indeed.

DeniseinVA said...

A lovely display of critters today Eileen and I thought your Belted Kingfisher photo was lovely. Thank you for hosting and have a great weekend :)

Bob Bushell said...

The Kingfisher, American Kestrel and the Dolphin, my favourite.

✿ chica said...

Lindas fotos e passam PAZ! beijos e que o fim de semana seja maravilhoso! chica

Phil Slade said...

I don't think those branches spoil that Belted Kingfisher picture Eileen. If anything it helps to show the sorts of places they hide from us photographers. From what I hear it's difficult to get any sort of pictures as the species is so shy, so well done for that shot. I like your American Kestrel portrait too.

Thanks for the critter party and have a lovely birdy weekend.

Mildred said...

Good Morning, Eileen. Very pretty photos. Thank you for hosting and I wish you a great Saturday.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh I love the Kingfisher so much! And a wonderful shot of the dolphin We see them sometimes from the boat and I have taken an awful lot of pictures of a piece of the Caloosahatchie where a dolphin used to be ;>)!

Thanks so much for confirming my IDs -- makes me feel great to know. I don't think I'll change the wording in that post, at least not yeat, beause I haven't had my coffee and I'd probably mess it up. And of course thank you for hosting as always.

s.c said...

Really great birdshot. I like them and thanks for showing.

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! YOur photos are very beautiful. I like the first photo very much. Thanks for sharing.

Christian Perrin said...

A very nice collection of birds, and it's always wonderful to see a dolphin! The kingfisher is a very handsome bird.

Nancy Chan said...

Lovely birds and dolphin photos. I would be so excited if I see a dolphin swimming so near to shore.

Tinna Sjoeberg said...

Wow! That close to a dolphin! I would love to see a real one myself sometime.
All your pictures are great, don't worry about braches, that's nature :))

Have a beautiful weekend!
Tinna ✐

Nancy's Notes said...

Eileen, what a wonderful shot of the Belted Kingfisher! Looks like he has a heart on his chest, too cute! Aww, love seeing dolphin!

Happy Saturday~

Nancy

EG CameraGirl said...

It's such a treat to see what you saw at the Canaveral National Seashore! Thanks for sharing, Eileen!

Gayle said...

Neat belted kingfisher peaking through.

magiceye said...

Loved the kingfisher the best!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We always wonder if we are seeing the Kestral when we see hawks. Beautiful photos...and this is our VERY favorite beach in Florida! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs, Diane

John's Island said...

Good Morning Eileen, Congrats on another neat set of photos and Saturday Critters #71. This is such a cool meme. After I get finished with the recipes I will be looking to add some old postcards with critters! :-) I admire your avid blogging. Have a great weekend!

Cranberry Morning said...

What a handsome fella that kingfisher is! Actually, I like the branches hanging down. I think it makes an even more interesting photo.Thanks for hosting, Eileen! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

TexWisGirl said...

great shot of the kingfisher and kestrel too! thanks, eileen!

Sandra said...

i love the kingfisher, i have never seen one of these birds and this is a really good photo of him... love the diamonds in the water with the dolphins to

Linda W. said...

I really like your kingfisher photo. Looks like it was a great place to see birds!

Andrea Priebe said...

Your American Kestrel looks like she has a full crop. Must be good hunting for her. I love the King Fishers ... all of them. They are so cute and this is a great shot, Eileen, even with the leaves in front. I am not sure I have ever seen a Willet ... I've been in Florida many times but before I really got into bird photography, silly me. Now here I sit in the cold north with no Willets or any other shore birds to be seen. Great post, Eileen ... isn't it good luck to spot a Dolphin in th wild?

Andrea @ From The Sol

Sarah Beth said...

How great to see a dolphin in its natural habitat.... I've only seen them at the aquarium! Love the Kingfisher peeking through the branches. This is my first visit -- thanks for hosting!

Karen S. said...

Gee whiz, your Belted Kingfisher has the sweetest face ever! I don't get to see such cuteness, except for sure here! I'm already posting here today too, right now!

sandyland said...

so beautiful I want to be there

Chandra Eswaran said...

Hi Eileen,
Loved the Dolphin and the birds.
Particularly liked the Woodpecker with the branch design.
Thanks for hosting.
Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

Sharon Wagner said...

It's always so fun to see dolphins. Florida has so many great critters.

Lynne said...

Love your photos . . .
Great trip wasn't it!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Very nice wildlife reserve.. Great shots.. Cheers..

Pat said...

Great shots. The Kingfisher is a handsome little bird.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Wow! So neat your got to see the Dolphin. I have never yet seen a Dolphin here in FL (I used to see many in the Pacific Ocean when I lived in Southern California at the beach). Have a tremendous weekend!

Barb said...

What a bright-eyed kingfisher! It's always a thrill to see dolphins in the wild.

Marie C said...

Oh, I love the kestrel and kingfisher and the dolphin too! Great shots! Is that a spiderweb strand I see in the kestrel photo? I agree that the branches hanging down in front of the kingfisher makes him look like he's peeping out. Wonderful! Can't wait for more!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

He's wearing his belt on his chest!

Lovely pics, Eileen!

;-)

Al said...

Such pretty birds. I love the water and blue sky too.

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen,
Your bird pics are brilliant and how lovely to see this dolphin fin!
I hope you managed to see it closer!
Great post :)
Keep well and many thanks for your kind comment while I was away :)

Mama Zen said...

That kestrel is gorgeous!

J said...

I think the sweet little Kingfisher photo is even more interesting with him peeking behind the "curtains" to see who is pointing a camera at him! And lucky you to see dolphins - love these remarkable creatures!

Helma said...

This American kestrel is a magnificent falcon. I know this only from a zoo. The Kingfisher is beautiful to see and very different than in the Netherlands. Very cool that you saw dolphins swimming and the Sandpiper is nice in the picture.
Greetings, Helma

Anni said...

As always, Eileen, thanks for stopping by to add your link to these wonderful birds!!!

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
What a lovely place to visit!!
And very interesting too!Wonderful pictures of Kingfisher,and the American Kestre!The dolphin shots are my favotite!Lucky to see it!
Have a lovely weekend!
Dimi...

Montanagirl said...

Nice post, Eileen - LOVE that Kingfisher shot!

Jane said...

Such wonderful captures!

theflutteringleaf said...

Beautiful Eileen, have a lovely weekend.

Happyone said...

terrific photos as usual. Love the kingfisher.

Our photos said...

Very nice ! I love the Kingfisher !

Rose said...

That is a good picture of the kingfisher...I cannot get close enough to one to even think about a good photo so really like seeing one someone else has taken. It at least lets me know it is possible!

Missy George said...

Love the Kestrel..The branches are great!!Super picture of the Kingfisher as well..Have a nice week..

DougPhoto2009 said...

Eileen, the kestrel and the kingfisher, two of my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie said...

All wonderful images, though I favor that Kingfisher.

Bethany Carson said...

I don't believe I've ever seen a kingfisher in person...or a dolphin for that matter! Enjoyed the photos.

Linda said...

I really like the kingfisher, branches and all!

Pietro and Cynthia said...

How beautiful, Eileen!
Happy weekend : -)

Gattina said...

Very interesting, all birds I have never seen !

diane b said...

Love the kingfisher similar to our kookaburra.

Stewart M said...

Nice pictures - we saw some dolphins a few weeks ago - I'll work out a way to post them soon!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Uppal said...

Hi Eileen,
Wonderful composition of all captures in the rippling water.

Hannah said...

The Kingfisher is so cute, unless of course he is eating all the fish in your pond, as happened with my sister-in-law.

Tom said...

Critters, critters everywhere critters. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Magia da Inês said...

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Gostei muito das fotos do mar, mas todas estão lindas.
Bom domingo! Boa semana,
com tudo de bom!!!
Beijinhos.
ჱ╮
ه°ჱ~

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

williet on the beach is too cool. what a long legged birdie. ( :

happy weekend!!

A Quiet Corner said...

Kestrels are a rarity here nowadays...Kingfisher is AWESOME!!!...:)JP

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Great capture of the kestrel and kingfisher. The kingfisher reminded me of one summer when a female was having a blast diving in our pond and eating the goldfish, except the one she dropped on the ground. :-)
I can't tell you how many times I have watched birds in the yard and been so fascinated that I forget all about my camera.
Thought of you last night when I was watching a comedy about a group of birders competing for the title with the biggest count.

Debbie said...

some really striking poses and another wonderful set of birds!!

many thanks for hosting!!!

ps, i am so behind, having too much fun!!!!

laurak/ForestWalkArt :) said...

isn't it just so cool to see the dolphins!!
the kestrel & kingfisher are beauties!!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Hi, Eileen-- More nice images from Merritt Island. Thanks for visiting my blog! Just back from three days at a central Illinois (Starved Rock) "resort" with granddaughters, where I had to work from iPhone with poor connection. Rained the whole time except for this morning when we were ready to return home!, but the kids had fun swimming and riding on zip lines.

Ileana said...

Beautiful birds! The Kingfisher is so cute! :)

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Such pretty birds "kestrel and the kingfisher"are♡♡♡ The branches added more nature atmosphere♪ 

So sorry for my belated comment, Dearest friend and wishing you will have a wonderful new week.
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Powell River Books said...

The Kingfisher is such a watchful looking bird. - Margy

David Gascoigne said...

Belted Kingfishers have been back here for a few weeks now and it's always great to hear them rattle along a river.

Lee Ann L. said...

That picture of the Kingfisher is awesome! Whenever I go to Garner (State Park), I try to capture a picture of one and never succeed.

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