Saturday, February 16, 2019

Saturday's Critters #270

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I am amazed at the breeding colors of the Green Iguana. We saw these Iguanas in the Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach Florida. I would say the breeding male colors are beautiful. 

These Green Iguanas can get as long as 6.6 ft.




These iguanas are not native to Florida and they are not protected.


They feed off of plants, insects and tree snails and can be known to eat bird eggs. 





I assume this Great Blue Heron was watching over it's eggs or chicks with this male Green Iguana nearby. 


The Green Iguana has spikes going down it's neck, back and tail. 



This Iguana can climb up to 50 ft. we saw them mostly in the plants and bushes next to the boardwalk at the nature center. 


The males throat fan is amazing to me, a pretty orange breeding color.


Two Great Blue Heron chicks seen in a nest at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands. 



I read these iguanas are out of control in this area of Palm Beach County and other areas in South Florida. They are native lizards usually found in the Caribbean, Central and South America. 


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Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

130 comments:

  1. Amazing photos!
    I like those iguanas,they are so cute.
    Have a good weekend,Eileen.

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    1. Thank you! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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    1. Thank you Shiju! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  3. Hello,
    Beautiful images. The Iguana is very special.
    Happy Weekend!

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    1. Thanks Marit! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  4. ..Iguanas sure are interesting critters, thanks for hosting.

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  5. Wow! I never knew Iguanas got that long. Very interesting though. Baby Heron are a bit of a mess--LOL
    MB

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    1. Thank you! The baby herons were cute. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  6. South Florida seems to have a lot of non-native "problem" species. At least this one isn't SCARY like some of the others.

    I had to laugh at the heron babies. They are definitely having a bad "hair" day! LOL

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    1. Hello, Dee! Thank for visiting. The non native snakes in Florida are much scarier. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  7. Great shots I loved seeing these critters when I was in Csta Rica. Thanks for hosting Eileen. Have a wonderful weekend

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    1. Hello Margaret, I remember seeing them in Costa Rica too. We saw tree filled with them. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  8. The iguana is truly amazing and your shots are great! Thanks for sharing such a weird but somehow pretty critter.
    Have a nice weekend!

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  9. Hello Eileen,
    What a beautiful series of photos.
    The last photo is my favorite.
    Do you want to place my link, I can not.
    Best regards Irma

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    1. Thanks Irma! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  10. Perfeitas as fotos.Conseguistes poses lindas da iguana! Parabéns! beijos,tudo de bom,chica

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    1. Thanks Chica! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  11. Those iguanas are really big! My current blog has a photo of one in the stork rookery. I watched one have a confrontation with a Tricolored Heron at the edge of the lake. The iguana ran towards the heron and with an open mouth, a very impressive threat. The heron backed off a bit but continued foraging. We lost so many during a cold spell several years ago. Most of the biggest ones must have died off in our neighborhood as there were mostly small ones at first. Now they are getting pretty big and decorating our lawn. They love to eat flowers, especially impatiens.

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    1. Thanks, Ken! I would not want these iguanas in my yard eating my plants and flowers. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  12. You made some wonderful photos of the Iguana, have never seen it so close and well.

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  13. The only time I saw these big iquana is at the pet shop. I think the orange colour is very attractive.

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    1. Thanks Nancy! Their colors are pretty. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  14. Having just returned from Costa Rica where Green Iguanas are native I was astounded to see them proliferating over south Florida. In Costa Rica they are eaten by humans at times, especially in rural areas, and I am sure you will not be surprised that they are said to taste like chicken!

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    1. I would think some of these larger iguanas would be a feast if used for food. Thanks for the comment!

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  15. they are absolutely beautiful.. the last shot is my favorite, what a FACE! i did not know they changed colors when breeding. nothing i want to pet but i really love them

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    1. Hello Sandra, their colors were pretty, almost neon. Thanks and enjoy your day. Have a great new week!

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    1. Thanks William! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  17. They look downright prehistoric! While we were vacationing on St John years ago - a family of them lived in the trees around the house we rented. Sometimes they fell out!.. so we walked cautiously

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    1. Hello Karen Ann! I have seen them in the Caribbean too. I would not want one falling out of a tree onto me, lol.
      Thank you! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  18. It's a shame when they invade an ecosystem.
    They are beautiful, though. My son had an iguana when he was a kid. We sold it to someone, as he didn't have the motivation to make a salad and feed it every day.
    Thanks for hosting. Have a good weekend!

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    1. Hello and thank you Jen! They are beautiful! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  19. What an amazing creature, Eileen! Your photos are great.

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    1. Thanks Nick! I appreciate your comments and visits. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  20. Wow! It looks truly amazing in multi colours and spectacular shots from you on the Iguana!

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    1. Thank You Jeevan! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  21. PS: Thanks for hosting, Eileen!

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  22. I'm not a fan of these types of creatures. They look prehistoric to me, and scary. I hope the Heron eggs and chics remain safe, with those things stalking around the nests. Ugh.

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    1. Thank you Anne! I love all the critters. The herons seem to be very good at protecting their eggs and young. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  23. Wow shot . I hope you too like my photo blog.

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  24. Hari OM
    I rather like reptiles and these are mighty fine specimens! I am always interested (with ironyt) when humans say a species is 'out of control' when they mean that the species has found a way to establish and flourish in territory not originally its own... YAM xx

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    1. Hello, Yam! These iguanas do seem to flourish in southern Florida. I think they are kind of neat looking. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  25. lol, both the Iguana and the young herons looks all wild. Totally wild! I would have loved seeing this :)

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    1. Thanks, you should plan a trip to Florida! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  26. Beautiful photos of a very cool Iguana! I like the spikes on their backs and tails.

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    1. Thanks Brian! The Iguana's spikes were neat. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  27. I've never seen one of them but they are UGGGGlY! heehee! Oh my! I have hubby looking at your photos right now. What a neat place to go. Of course the baby Heron's are precious! How neat to get to see them! Weekend hugs, Diane

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    1. Hi Diane, thanks for the comment and visit. The iguanas are kind of neat to see. The heron chicks were adorable. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  28. It is a pretty color, but that is one ugly lizard!
    Have a great weekend!
    Our forecast has about ten days of rain expressed in different ways - light rain, showers, rain, thunderstorms, misty rain, heavy rain etc. etc. etc!

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    1. Thanks Lea! I am hoping for some warmer spring weather to arrive. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  29. Good collection of Iguana photos. I wonder what it might be like walking through the woods to suddenly see one of those. I'd be pretty sure to turn around and go the other way!

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    1. Thanks Barbara! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  30. This iguanas are rather nice Eileen. But as they are non-native I can't help but think that their size and hence their appetite, makes them serious predators of native Florida birds. I hope I'm wrong.

    Thanks for the Saturday hosting once again. Much appreciated.

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    1. Hello Phil, I hope the Florida birds are safe from these iguanas. Thanks and enjoy your day! Have a great new week!

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  31. I've never seen heron chicks and always wonder if Harry has any hanging out or if he flies solo. Wonderful photos. Can't say I'd much like to meet up with that iguana!

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    1. Hello, Jeanie! You could have a rookery nearby. The chicks are cute. Thanks for the comment. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  32. awesome captures of the Iguana!!! they are very interesting, prehistoric looking, the colors were not what i expected. i assume their breeding color is much different than their non breeding color. your pictures are quite beautiful, showing lots of detail!!

    many thanks for hosting, 270 times, wow!!!

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    1. Thanks always for linking up, Debbie! The iguanas are neat critters. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  33. What a weird looking critter. they sound very invasive and that something might have to be done to control them.

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    1. Thanks Red! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  34. Well, my son would love living where these iguanas are. He has a bearded dragon at home. He used to have big, big snakes. Needless-to-say this gal doesn't visit him very often.

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    1. Thanks Carol! The pet lizards are popular. I do not care for pet snakes. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  35. Interesting looking creatures those iguanas.
    Great capture of the baby herons.

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    1. Thanks Karen! I enjoyed seeing the heron chicks. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  36. I always enjoy seeing the Iguana's when I visit our daughter in Florida. I am always in search of the largest ones and seeing their different colourations. Great share of them Eileen. Have a HAPPY week~

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    1. Thanks Mary! These colorful iguanas were neat to see. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  37. The iguanas must not have a lot of predators , they look so primitive.Love the heron chicks

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    1. Hello, I think the gators could be a predator. The heron chicks were cute! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  38. I love seeing the heron chicks. Awesome iguana photos.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! The heron chicks are cute! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  39. Fabulous Iguana in most photos, beautiful Eileen.

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    1. Thanks so much Bob! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  41. Good morning Eileen, What a fun (snow-free) post. These (I should call them handsome) iguana photos are such a delight in so many ways. I miss these lovely days of sun and grass and any and everything that isn't winter related! But it's making us stronger everyday and soon (I'm a hoping and wishing) spring will be here! Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Hello Karen, I do enjoy a warm sunny day. I am looking forward to spring. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  42. Wow, such an interesting creature, the green Iguana. Thanks for all the great photos. Nice captures of the young Herons, too. Happy Saturday to you!

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    1. Hello Ellen, I was happy to see the young herons. Thanks so much for the comment. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  43. the Iguana is not the prettiest, but so interesting to see .fascinating with the heron so close by. The baby herons, so different with not so many feathers, but still tall and regal like their mums and dads.

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    1. Hello Jean,
      I really loved seeing the baby herons.
      I thought it was a little early to see herons chicks. The iguanas are really cool up close.
      Thanks so much for the visit and comment.
      I hope your day and new week are great!

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment! Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  46. It is amazing to think such a large creature is running around free. Great pics today, Eileen!

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    1. Thanks, Pat! I worried more about the gators roaming free. Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  47. Wonderful and special photos, Eileen. I don't know if I've ever seen an iguana up close, I wonder what they're doing to the South Florida ecosystem. Very cool heron shots I've only seen the adults guarding the nests way up high but never a baby. They do look a little crazy though don't they?

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    1. Thanks Jeanna! The heron chicks do look a little crazy, but still cute. Have a happy day and a great new week!

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    1. Thank you, I always appreciate your visits and comments. Have a happy day and a great new week!

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    1. Hello Regine, thanks so much! Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  51. I would love to see the young herons in real life! The Iguana is interesting....

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    1. Hello Rose, it is neat seeing the young herons. Thanks for the comment.
      Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  52. Heron chicks! How exciting. Well, Florida has some troublesome invasive species. I'd rather see an iguana than those huge snakes they have!

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    1. Hello Linda, I agree about the snakes. They are worse than these iguanas. Thanks for the comment! Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  53. Dearest Eileen; Oh, I am amazed by Green Iguana's spikes which going down it's neck, back and tail p;-) And I've noticed your reply for the comment you got; and surprised to know that they eat them in Costa Rica. Nature sometimes hard for survive, kind of sympathetic for the Heron(*^.^*)
    Thank you SO much for hosting and thoughtful comments.
    Sorry for my late comment; I was away from home for a couple of days.
    Wishing you all a wonderful new week♫♫♫
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Hello Miyako, thanks so much for the comment. Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  54. Awesome iguanas & SWEET baby herons.

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  55. wow! Never seen them in live, Exotic!

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  56. It took me days to scroll down to the end of the comments... ;-)

    I was watching a special about Dangerous Animals (72 Most Dangerous Animals, Latin America) and they said these guys are dangerous because their bite causes infections.

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    1. Hello, Sandi! Thanks for the info and comment. I will make sure to keep my distance. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  57. Lovely seeing all of your photographs.
    6.6 ft. does seem long for the Green Iguanas …

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan! I appreciate your visit and comment. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  58. Wow, a great collection of Iguana photos. I have never seen one before, they are an interesting critter to see.
    Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful day and new week.

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    1. Hello Bill, they are interesting critters. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  59. Hello, Eileen. It's always cool to watch pictures of Florida animals. They are so exotic to me.
    Thank you for hosting.

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    1. Thanks Klara! They do look exotic. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  60. Oh, these are amazing photos, Eileen! I'm not sure I could get used to having these lurking around my gardens, though. My in-laws used to live in Del-Ray Beach, but I never saw these on our visits. So strangely beautiful. Hope you have a good week ahead. x Karen

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    1. Hello Karen, thanks for the visit and for linking up this week. The iguanas were neat to see, I was amazed at how many we saw. Wishing you a happy day and new week ahead.

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  61. It’s hard not to get excited about these interesting creatures even though we know they are invasive. We saw them in their native habitat on our Panama Canal cruise , but had already seen them where you show them here. Everything invasive seems to thrive in Florida!

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    1. Hello, Sallie
      I am glad everything thrives in Florida. Thanks for the comment! Enjoy your day!

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  62. Fantastic photos of the intriguing iguanas!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thanks Carol! Wishing you a happy day and new week ahead.

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  64. Wow - amazing photos - I'd never heard of that lizard, and never ever seen Heron chicks - what a thrill to see them. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

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    1. Hello JoAnn, thanks so much for the comment and visit. Enjoy your day and have a great week ahead!

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  65. Esa iguana se ve fenomenal, no se me dan algo de yuyo los lagartos grandes...
    se ve hermosa si y parece que la pasa regio ahí comiéndose todo :))

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Have a happy day, Eileen

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