Saturday, April 16, 2016

Saturday's Critters #122

Saturday's Critters #122

Happy Saturday, it's time to share your critters and post. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who is linking in with this week's critter party.

I am sharing larger images and critters or birds  from the mosaics in my previous post. These birds were seen at the Great Dismal Swamp NWR in Virginia.


The Belted Kingfisher was seen along the wildlife drive in the refuge.


The Killdeer was seen right on the wildlife drive. They moved off as we drove closer.


It was a warm afternoon the the turtles were sunning themselves.

More turtles..we saw more as the day went on.

Turtles and their reflections were everywhere.


Not the best shot, but across the lake was a nest far right and I believe it an eagle on the far left tree.


Back on the hotel parking area the local pool swimming Mallard couple were out for a walk and a dip in the puddle. I hope you enjoyed my post. As always thanks for the visits and the nice comments. I also thank everyone who is linking up and sharing their critters.. Happy Saturday, have a great weekend!






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.

87 comments:

Gunilla Bäck said...

I love the kingfisher and the turtles. Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful weekend!

Cath said...

I love the tufted crown on the kingfisher....they are one of my favourites....here in Australia, we have the 'laughing kookaburra' which is from the kingfisher family....I love to hear them 'laughing' in the early mornings. Nice spotting the turtles too Eileen. Have a lovely week. Till we meet again...Cath:)

Nancy Chan said...

Cute Belted Kingfisher. Turtles sun bathing and Mallard couple dipping in the puddle. Great critters photos. Have a beautiful & happy Saturday, Eileen!

NatureFootstep said...

Love the hairstyls of the kingfisher :)

Thanks for hosting and wishing you a great weekend.

TexWisGirl said...

love the happy turtles. :)

Ela said...

Just beautiful critters today, Eileen !! The bird of the first photograph is so cute!
Happy weekend :)

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

Love the hair-do in photo # 1.
Lovely photos as usual, Eileen.
Thank you for hosting.
Have a Happy Weekend!
Peace :)

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! The belted kingfisher is very impressive. Thanks for sharing.

Betty Manousos said...

good morning, eileen.

these are all fabulous pictures!it's really hard to pick a fave. thanks so much for sharing.
happy weekend~

jeannettestgermain said...

So many critters to see:) Me thinks turtles are always cute:) Have a great weekend, Eileen! Thank you for hosting and see you back on Sun-Wed. for Seasons!

Crissi said...

Hello Eileen, wonderful photos!
Happy weekend
hug Crissi

Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
Beautiful series of pictures captured perfectly.
Many greetings and a nice weekend.

Daniela said...

Also this Saturday I have no posts with critters to share, alas,
but I wanted you to receive my wishes for the weekend, my darling friend, sending much love to you !

Dany

Denise inVA said...

Enjoyed your critters today Eileen, especially enjoyed the one of the Belted Kingfisher as I haven't seen one in years. Thank you for hosting and have a great weekend :)

Sue said...

Good Morning, Eileen
Love the crazy "hair" on the Kingfisher!
And you know spring has sprung when the turtles are out for a soak in the sun!
Have a happy weekend
:)

✿ chica said...

Muito lindas e as tartarugas ao sol, belíssimas! Lindo fim de semana! bjs, chica

Tom said...

The Belted Kingfisher looks like it has a bad hair day!

Christine said...

Hello Eileen and thanks for sharing more great photos of the wildlife you saw. I really find the turtles comical creatures!
Thanks for hosting and enjoy your weekend!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hi Eileen
I always love seen your birds - the Kilkdeer look fascinating - I'm thinking they don't really kill deer!
Fun to see the turtles out sunning themselves too.

Thank you for hosting Eileen.
Shane

Margaret Adamson said...

Thanks for sharing a lovely selection of critters today and also for hosting this meme. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

Very nice photos, and I liked the Belted Kingfisher very much.

Happy Weekend!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Beautiful photos .... love the turtles! The eagle's nest is wow... so exposed.....the trees look like land art.
Thanks for hosting.

Happy weekend Eileen,
Ruby

Linda Gross said...

I was very excited when I saw a belted kingfisher at Chincoteague. It was the first time I had seen one. I enjoyed your post pictures.

Sandra said...

i really like the two turtles and their perfect reflections.. great shot...

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
I like the bird with this special haircur in your first photo. This is so beautiful and funny. But also your photos of all the other birds and the turtles.
Have a great weekend, Eileen.
Best regards, Synnöve

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Love how the ducks are such opportunists!!! Happy weekend!!! YAM xx

Marcia said...

I need to visit that NWR. Lovely set of photos from there.

Lynne said...

Great pictures . . .
I liked all the turtles . . .
I bet Yertle the Turtle was there too . . .

Karen said...

I love the Kingfisher, Great photo collection.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

The kingfisher are so beautiful.. Nice eerie of clicks.. Enjoy your weekend..

rainfield61 said...

Ants are small, but they bring me to your Saturday's Critters.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Great shots! How cool to see an eagle and it's nest. Thanks for hosting, Eileen- and have a super weekend!

Mildred said...

Good Morning and happy weekend. I enjoyed all your photos but especially the turtles enjoying the warm sunshine! Thank you for hosting.

Phil Slade said...

Hi Eileen and thanks for hosting the get-together today. That place seems to have entirely the wrong name, especially with holding so many different and wonderful birds, not to mention the turtles. Shame the eagles were so far awy but hey you see lots, i don't see any.

Have a great weekend.

Sharon Wagner said...

You can find ducks anywhere. Usually, there's at least one making a pit stop on our garage roof. I love your header!

Debbie said...

great images and reflections of the turtles!!! we have a lot of action in our puddles as well, nature made bird baths!!!

Nick V. said...

I love those turtles, Eileen! Enjoy your weekend.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

TURTLES!

I was hoping to see some on our walk to Broad Branch, but I guess Rock Creek Park is still too cold for them.
~

Linda said...

Such a lovely and amazing series of photos, Eileen! Thank you so much for sharing.

Hawkeye BrownDog said...

Hi Y'all!

Love it! I've never been able to get a good shot of the Kingfisher. Great photos.

Y'all come on by,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Janneke said...

That belted kingfisher is such a beauty, love the funny head with feathers up.I'm surprised to see turtles outside in the wild.

sandyland said...

Some of my true favorites here today !!!

Small City Scenes said...

I did enjoy your post. I do like the Belted Kingfisher best. I see them occasionally and they don't like their picture taken.
Happy weekend to you
MB

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, I love the Belted Kingfisher and the turtles. In fact I love all your birds today as usual. Love the nest and eagle nearby. I had a disastrous morning with my laptop; all's well now so I'm a little late linking in. Thanks for hosting this meme. Greetings Jo

June Caedmon said...

You can never have too many turtles, in my opinion! Great shots, Eileen! Happy Saturday!

Helma said...

Hi Eileen,
Kingfisher in your post I feel great. In the Netherlands we have only one kind of kingfisher but with you there are a number of different. Have a great weekend.
Greetings, Helma

Bob Bushell said...

Oh lovely, everything is done so beautiful, cheers Eileen.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love the Kingfisher~ I can never get a good shot of one. Isn't it funny how ducks will choose puddles instead of better water? Gulls and terns do that too.

Thanks so much for hosting!!!

Cloudia said...

I'm SO LATE today!!!! Love your mallard couple. Ours was here today too

Karen S. said...

A happy Saturday to you too Eileen. What a great swamp to hike about and the turtles are my favorite photo of them all. Enjoy your day, take care.

amo sin blogg said...

Lovely to see the birds and turtles !!

Happy weekend.

Lea said...

Great to see the Kingfisher. They are very elusive here.
Have a great week-end!
Lea

Jeevan said...

Awesome capture on turtles and their reflections! Nice to see the killdeer giving way for you and the ducks playing in the puddle like kids :)

Even storks built nest on the edges of the trees, which i noticed during my last week visit to a bird sanctuary here.

jandi said...

Love the kingfisher and the turtles! Have a lovely weekend!

Zizi Santos said...

Eu amo passarinhos e outros bichinhos!
nada mais lindo que uma tartaruga!
adorei
eu estou participando
bom domingo!
Zizi

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

I have so much getting near enough to a kingfisher-- you did very well!

pattisjarrett said...

My hair resembled the Belted Kingfisher this morning. Turtles know how to make the most of a sunny day. Killdeer always make me smile.

RedPat said...

Fine critters you showed today. I haven't see a Kingfisher in years!

Wandering Wren said...

What a cutie that scruffy headed kingfisher! Love the ducks enjoying a puddle splash, on our news this week (well we don't have an 'exciting' election campaign!) was 20 + ducks who'd moved into someone's swimming pool as their pond had dried up!

Martin Kloess said...

Enjoyed this thank you for sharing

joo said...

Eileen, your photos are great!
Have a nice weekend:)

amanda peters said...

What a stunning bird the Belted Kingfisher..
Amanda xx

Happyone said...

Great critter as always. Favorite is the turtles.

Lowcarb team member said...

Those turtles were certainly enjoying the sunshine ...
Hope your weekend is going well

All the best Jan

Linda W. said...

Love the kingfisher and all the turtles too!

edenhills said...

These are great. I love the turtles!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hi Eileen!! Another great series of photos, and while I love the turtles, hands down my favorite is the Belted Kingfisher, what a great photo of this sometimes (all the time?) elusive bird!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Great birds - just love the killdeer.

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Katarina said...

The Belted Kingfisher has such a cute hair-do! ; )

Enjoy your week!

Anni said...

Hope you have a terrific week ahead Eileen, and thanks so much for participating and sharing your birds for us at I'd Rather B Birdin'. I would really be thrilled to see an eagle in the treetops!!!

aktuellabilder said...

Acually it is the first time I have seen pictures of turtles in the wild, part from the gigant ones on the Galapagos Islands.

Helma said...

Hi Eileen,
I will the next time with the birds that are still to do in my archive. My husband had an accident and is now with a complicated leg fracture. He can get away anything and we can not leave too. I'll have to take care of him and do it with love.
Greetings, Helma

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen,
How wonderful to have been able to take such a close shot of this Belted kingfisher!
They are awesome :)
Thanks for being so faithful, I have just sold my property and now in have hardly 2 months to move....
I hardly have the time to publish a few pics!!
Keep well and enjoy your sunday :)

Alexa T said...

The little turtles are so cute and, also, this Kingfisher bird.. I 've never seen one before, but I always discover great things about nature through your amazing pictures!! A happy Sunday and a great week ahead to you!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Always good to have a camera with you :)

Anu said...

The Belted Kingfisher looks so great! Photos of turtles are very interesting and nice.

A Casa Madeira said...

Muito belo...

Giga said...

Photo of a bird on the first photo is great. I like to watch turtles and a nice place they were watching. Regards.

The Yum List said...

Not just children... but ducks too... like to splash in the puddles after the rain. ;-)

Pat Tillett said...

Your great photos really make me want to learn more about birds.

photodoug said...

Eileen, great photos. The Belted Kingfisher is stunning. Who doesn’t like turtles in the wild? Thanks for sharing.

Marie C said...

Love the turtles and birds. So glad you have a Critter meme...it's always so great to visit every post. I will be back when I can be, I promise.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Oh, the Great Dismal Swamp sure must be the great place to enjoy birds and other critters♡♡♡
I wish to find the unique birdies (to me ;-) like Kingfisher and the scene of Mallard couple in the puddle is really sweet♪

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Elaine said...

Nice variety of critters! I do enjoy visiting all the lovely places you go to. Maybe sometime we'll make it to a few of them in person....

Ana Freire said...

I love to see the happy turtles, enjoying the sun...
And the little bird on the first photo is so cute!!! With it's funny punk style...
A beautiful work as usual, over here, Eileen!
A big kiss
Ana

David Gascoigne said...

Signs of spring everywhere, huh?