Saturday, December 24, 2016

Saturday's Critters #158


Saturday's Critters #158

Wishing a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or Happy Kwanzaa to all my blog friends. 





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 not sure what happened with Mister Linky, just add your name at the bottom of the list. 


These are from Nov, 19th another one of our visits to Lake Morton in downtown Lakeland. There are always lots of birds to see, a nice variety of swans, ducks and waders. I have tons of photos from this lake, it is hard to choose which to share. I hope you enjoy.

A pair of Wood Storks.



Three American White Pelicans.


A variety of egret, geese and White Ibis.


American White Pelican


Black Swans


A Ruddy Duck.


The Black-necked Swans.


Mute Swan front center has the orange bill, but the swan in the back right has the dark black bill is a different swan species.


A Wood Duck couple.





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.

69 comments:

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Merry Christmas to you from Japan☆☆☆
Oh, I really understand that you said it was hard to choose which to share for us, what wonderful varieties of birdies♪
My dream is to take pictures of Wood Duck (wild one not from our city zoo), hope you remember the reason from my former comment p;-) And the swans I really miss them! The Black-necked Swans are SO unique, I wish I could see them.
I had a kind of Christmas Present(♡^.^♡) While I was on our way back from shopping for Christmas dinner, I could find 'Shrike’perching on an electric wire. Looking forward to posting my 20th species of bird.
Have a wonderful Christmas with your family♪

For the last, I'm so sorry for my big mistake that my first link (no 2) is the same one from previous link. Please forgive me and if you can, would you delete it.

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

NatureFootstep said...

Hi Eileen and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

What a beautiful set of birds you found here. Don´t think I have ever seen black necked swans or the single one with grey bill. Strange! Must be very rare.

Marit Sønstebø said...

Beautiful photos, and they are all so pretty. The Black Swans are amazing!

Happy Weekend, and Merry Christmas!

Nancy Chan said...

Beautiful Feathered Critters. Looks like they are all out to enjoy the festive season too! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you, Eileen & to your love ones too!

jeannettestgermain said...

Wishing you a merry Christmas Eve and Christmas, Eileen!

Florence said...

The wood duck is just spectacular!!

Janneke said...

So beautiful Eileen, I love all your critter photos. I think this time the pelican is so special.
Wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017!

Tom said...

Eileen, such a wonderful collection of feathered critters for Christmas.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

The exotic swans are certainly graceful but I especially seeing the beauty of our native storks, pelicans and especially the Wood Duck! Merry Christmas!

Sandra said...

you take such wonderful photos of storks and pelicans, they are my favorite birds. I love them because they are so ugly they are cute... your photos show details I don't see with the naked eye.

Sue said...

Loved the Ruddy duck--what a handsome fella.
Have a VERY Merry Christmas, Eileen. May the New Year bring you lots of fun.

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

'Such beautiful photos! Merry Christmas! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Phil Slade said...

Good morning Eileen. You've shown us another brilliant collection of birds today. I think the pelicans are just awesome creatures. And even though the Black Swans are not native to America or here in Britain, I always love to see them.

Thank you for all of your hard work in bringing your critters to us each week in 2016.

Please accept my very best wishes for Christmas and the coming New Year.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The swans are so beautiful! It's nice to go to a lake or pond and see so many birds! Enjoy your day sweet friend. Merry Christmas!

Lea said...

The Pelican sitting on the end of the pier by himself has such a self-satisfied smile on his face!
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and many blessings in the New Year!
Lea

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Been there. You got great shots of the natives.

Merry Christmas

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Now then, the black-neck swans are new to me! Beautiful. HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!! YAM xx

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Merry Christmas Eileen and many thanks for the gift you give us all year by hosting ... and of your beautiful pictures too! Aren't Florida birds great?

Mascha said...

Famous photos of beautiful birds! My favorites are the black swans.
Merry Christmas :-)

rainfield61 said...

Do these critters know it is Christmas?

Merry Christmas to you, and your family, and your critters.

Linda said...

Gorgeous photos for the critter series, Eileen, and I love your header! Merry Christmas to you, dear lady. :)

Devilish Angel said...

Lovely birds. Wishing you happiness Eileen...

Helma said...

Hi Eileen,
beautiful foto'heb you in your psot. Great to see all these beautiful birds.

For you and all your loved ones a very merry Christmas and all the good and beautiful 2017

Best regards, Helma

Debbie said...

WoW!! lots of peeps today!!!

¸.•*¨*•♪♫♫♪Merry Christmas ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥
˜”*°•.˜”*°•.˜”*°•.★★.•°*”˜.•°*”˜.•°*”˜”

Eileen, have a wonderful holiday!!!

Debbie said...

those black swans, always so special!!!

Daniela said...


Dearest Eileen
wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Sending all my love to you and your family,
and blessings of Joy on theis Festive Season

Xx Dany

Sharon Wagner said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Connie Smiley said...

What beautiful creatures, Eileen! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Bob Bushell said...

What a fabulous birds you have photographed, I loved them. Seasons Greetings to you and hubby.

rupam sarma said...

Helloo,
Wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah.
Beautiful pics. Greetings from India

RedPat said...

So many white birds! Thanks for hosting us, Eileen! Have a Merry Christmas in the warmth!

Lowcarb team member said...

A lovely lot of photographs ... thank you.

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas

All the best Jan

Happyone said...

The black swans are my favorite picture today though all of them are amazing.
Merry Christmas. : )

GreenComotion said...

Hi Eileen-
Wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas!
Beautiful photos of birds in this post.
I didn't know Pelicans were that big - cool!
Have a Wonderful Holiday and thanks for hosting!
Peace :)

Christine said...

Wonderful collection of beautiful birds, Eileen!
Wishing you a very happy Christmas!

Martin Kloess said...

Wow! The choir of birds gather in this beautiful display.
Merry Christmas

Karen said...

I like the snowy white egrets. Thanks for all the effort you put into your blog. Thanks for sharing your talent. Merry Christmas.

krishna said...

Black necked swans are so beautiful...

Merry Christmas!

Felicia said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family Eileen.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Outstanding photographs! Oh so nice to see the Ruddy Ducks. Have not seen any here yet. Beautiful Swans, too! Merry Christmas!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Pelicans are such amazing-looking birds.

Merry Christmas, Eileen!
~

Linda said...

Wonderful pictures! Hope your Christmas is delightful!

The Yum List said...

Merry Christmas!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Merry christmas.. Best wishes to you and your family.

Mildred said...

Merry Christmas, Eileen. Thank you for all the wonderful photos you share.

Sussi said...

Handsome birds!

Merry Christmas!

Nick V. said...

What a lovely treat these photos are, Eileen. A perfect Christmas gift! Many thanks for hosting this great meme this past year, I've enjoyed joining in and seeing all the beautiful posts.
May you be well and healthy in the year ahead and take many more great photos!

Donna@GardensEyeView said...

Merry Christmas Eileen!

Magia da Inês said...

✧ه° ·.

Que o menino Jesus faça morada no seu coração
em todos os dias de sua vida!

FELIZ NATAL!!!

jandi said...

Dearest Eileen, wishing you and your family a happy Christmas!

jandi said...

Beautiful images too...

Maggee said...

Oh my goodness! What a great group of birds! Wow! I need to decide what 'new' bird I want to put as 'most wanted' on my blog! Seeing all these certainly gives me some ideas! Hopefully tomorrow I will find a local lake where they have seen some Snow Geese AND Greater White-fronted ducks also! That would be nice! Hugs!

David Gascoigne said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New year.

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful shots! Merry Christmas, Eileen!

Missy George said...

The Wood Storks are very interesting looking..Great shots as always..Merry Christmas to you and yours..I hope 2017 is good to you..

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, Another fine Saturday's Critters post and I enjoyed all the photos! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for sharing your blog and for all your kind comments on mine. Best regards from Seattle!

Vilt og vakkert said...

Heisann, Spot and I wish you a wonderful and peaceful Christmas time, hope the best for you, hugs from both of us ;:OD)

Ileana said...

Merry Christmas, Eileen!

Unknown said...

Excellent set of photos Eileen. (FYI, this is stu megan from facebook. I quit FB, just got fed up with the nonsense from them !! ) so will be visiting yours and others blogs directly).. Merry Christmas to you and thanks for all the photos. and will be using this alternate email raglanvvard. )

Lynne said...

Always a treat . . .
Hopefully 2017 I can add to Saturday's Critters more often!
Hope your Christmas was Happy and Merry!

Irene said...

Hi Eileen! Merry Christmas to you and your family from Norway!

Irene :)

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Belas fotografias.
Um abraço e Boas Festas.
Andarilhar

ann said...

Two of my favorite water fowl, swans and wood ducks. Wonderful photos.You are very lucky to see such a variety of beautiful water birds.

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Boa tarde, registos lindos das belas aves, está maravilhoso.
Feliz ano de 2017 com a concretização de todos os sonhos.
AG

Sonja said...

I hope you had a very Happy Christmas, Eileen and have a wonderful 2017. I didn't realise you had some Black Swans there!

diane b said...

Have a Happy new Year

Sandi said...

Wonderful photos!

Hope you had a good Christmas. Happy New Year!

b"E"th "Edwards said...

i love the wood ducks or the swan. so cool!! happy new year, can you believe it is almost here?? wow wee time is flying. have a great day! ( ;

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
marvelous photos of all these beautiful and pretty birds. I especially love the pelican photos !
Best, Synnöve

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