Saturday, October 24, 2020

Saturday's Critters #358

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

Hello and happy Saturday!


If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

I always enjoy seeing the Chincoteague wild ponies, even a distant view is nice. We saw so many birds during our recent Chincoteague visit, in early October. I will share some of my favorites, photos were taken mostly from the car or our walks on the trails. 
 
 
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 1.  A view from the beach road, two Great Egret close by and the larger flock of White Ibis and Egrets seen further in the distance.




 
 
2. Below are some of Chincoteague's wild ponies.




3. We saw the Bald Eagle on the ground twice while driving the wildlife drive, both times it took off and flew somewhere. An empty nest is nearby. 
 

 



4. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge has wooded trails, I was looking for the Brown-headed Nuthatch. I could hear them but every time I tried for a photo they moved. I did catch the Red-breasted Nuthatch and the White-breasted Nuthatch. 
 

 

 
5.  The American Oystercatchers were seen on the bayside of the island.  You can't miss seeing that red-orange bill.
 
 

 6. We saw the Belted Kingfishers numerous times in different parts of the refuge.





 7.  Some times the flock of White Ibis and Egrets would fly from one side of the road to the other side.  Not sure why, something upset them?
 
 

 
 
8. The White Ibis have red legs and bill. A juvenile below has brown back and wings, it will turn white gradually.
 

 
 
 
 
9.  A few Tricolored Herons, they so looked funny running around in circles. I think they were trying to catch food.
 

 
 
 
 
10. Below is the taller Great Egret with the smaller Snowy Egret.
 

11.  Another shot of a wild pony, can you find the Canada Goose in the photo?
 
 


 
 
 I hope you enjoyed my post. Thanks to all my visitors and for all the wonderful comments. Stop back to see any replies to your comments. I appreciate everyone who loves critters and has linked up their critter post.


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Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-Birdin. Thanks to the host Anni.

119 comments:

  1. Nice birds! The ponies are also special. We've only been there once, and it is definitely beautiful.

    be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae!
      It is a special place for me. I loved the ponies, since I was a kid and I read Misty of Chincoteague.
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  2. Hello Eileen. You saw a lot of different birds! Wonderful photos. Photos of Kingfisher and Oystercatchers are my favorite. Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Thank you Anu!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  3. Wonderful set of photographs Eileen and some great reflection of birds in the water. yes I saw the goose behind the cow to the right between the posts but I probably would not have seen it in this shot if you had not pointed it out. Thanks for hosting stay safe adn have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thank you Margaret!
      Take care stay safe!
      Enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  4. A wonderful visit to Chincoteague. You managed to take photos of so many different types of birds and the ponies.

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    1. Thank you Nancy!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Cloudia!
      It was a lovely day.
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  6. Hello Eileen,

    As always beautiful photos. The White Egret is so pretty. Yes, I can see the Canada Goose, but it's not easy :)
    Happy Weekend, and take care!

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    1. Thank you Marit!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  7. Hi Eileen,
    Superb series of photos from your visit to Chincoteague.
    The Belted Kingfisher is my favorite.
    Would you like to post my link, I can't do it.
    I wish you a nice weekend and stay healthy.

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    1. Thank you Irma!
      I linked you up, thanks for sharing your post.
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  8. Beautiful refuge and a gathering-place for eagles, some of which may have flown up north from Florida to find cooler water where the fish do not need to go deep to find oxygen during the warmer months.

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    1. Thank you Ken!
      We do have some Bald Eagles that stay here year round, they do not migrate.
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  9. Posts such as this make me realize how much I miss the coast, and how Covid-19 means that I have no chance of going there any time soon!

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    1. Thank you David!
      I was upset that I missed the shore bird migration in the spring.
      I am thankful to see any part of the fall migration.
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  10. Hari OM
    Another fresh air post from you Eileen - thank you for this - I was particualarly taken, today, with the nuthatch. YAM xx

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    1. Thanks Yam!
      I love those cute Nuthatches!
      Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you William!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  12. Tão lindo e adorei ver a revoada das garças...beijos, lindo fim de semana! chica

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    1. Thank you Chica!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  13. love to see Chincoteague's wild ponies....
    aww...wonderful flying formation of White Ibis and Egrets flock...

    Have a great weeekend

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    1. Thank you Tanza!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  14. Hi Eileen, it is so wonderful to see your shots. There is still life somewhere. Gives hope for the future.
    Love them all, the cute nuthatches, ibis, Oystercatchers and the rest. I never seen your Oystercatchers but they look quite similar to ours.
    Take care. And have a great week.

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  15. Beautiful critters indeed. Thanks fir sharung your excellent photos. I love the Belted Kingfisher, it's so small and cute.
    Thanks for hosting, have a great day and weekend. Stay safe!

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    1. Thank you Bill!
      The kingfishers are cute!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  16. ...Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is a place that I've heard about, but never have been there. Thanks for taking me along.

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    1. Thank you Tom!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  17. The Belted Kingfisher looks a tad like the Kookaburra to me.

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    1. Thank you Iris!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  18. Hello,
    beautiful series of critters. Love the ponies.
    The Belted kingfisher is anyway one step beyond! :)
    Wishing you a nice day and a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you for the nice comment!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  19. That's a great place for birds (and other wildlife)! Beautiful photos! It's funny how nuthatches can be rather loud, yet difficult to see.

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    1. Thank you Brian!
      Yes, the Nuthatches move quick and disappear around the other side of the tree.
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  20. ooooh to see the eagles, such a thrill!! i do see them occasionally, usually in flight, and capturing them in flight is not my forte!!

    i really enjoy seeing the ponies and the kingfisher, both have eluded me!! have a wonderful weekend, and so many thanks for hosting us!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie!
      I always enjoy seeing the Eagles!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  21. My favorites today are the kingfisher & ibid on flight! And yes, I see the Canada goose...maybe a 2nd one farther to the right of the fence post?

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    1. Thank you Anni!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  22. You see the most marvellous birds! The shot comparing the two egrets really illustrates the point!
    Thanks for hosting.
    P.S. we went walking in a park Friday, all I saw were the usual suspects (nuthatch, blue jay, etc.) and I can see them better at home!

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    1. Thank you Jenn!
      It does feel good to get outdoors, a different scene than home.
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  23. Lovely shots, Eileen, I especially like those egrets!

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    1. Thank you Nick!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks Again Nick!
      Have a great new week ahead.

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  25. Hi Eileen! :) Great photos, I love those Kingfishers! To see a bald eagle around here is a special thing. When Alex and I went out by the river a few times, we saw a few of them for the first time. They were too quick to get on camera, but we were amazed at their grace, size and beauty! I love the shot with the Canada Goose lol, that was great!!! Photobomb lol!! :)

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    1. Thank you Rain!
      The Eagles are always a treat to see.
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  26. I love those wild ponies! And it's neat to see those big flocks of birds. We are seeing a few big flocks already and it's exciting. We'll be out again today! Hope our necks survive! lol Love that beautiful Kingfisher. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Diane!
      I hope you have a great hike today!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  27. hi eileen, could you please remove the #23 link, that was for last week, diane pointed it out to me!!

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  28. I saw the goose poking its head out behind the pony. Love seeing your pics of the Eagle, Eileen.
    I was happy to see this Linky back! ;-)

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    1. Thank you RedPat!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  29. You have such lovely wide open spaces Eileen. How wonderful to have wild ponies to watch and photograph. It's lovely to see your American Oystercatcher as a change from our own European Oystercatcher. And of course your Bald Eagle and so many Egrets, Herons and ibis. Enjoy your Sunday and thanks for the chance to link up today.

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    1. Thank you Phil!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  30. Here there are a number of horse ranches and I love to see them being ridden; this time of year they wear blankets in the yards so kind of coddled horses. No wild ones. I have never heard of a brown headed nuthatch but I do have both the others at my feeders. They mingle quite well with chickadees I notice. Thrilling to catch sight of an eagle...that has happened to me twice. Yes, I enjoyed your post very much.

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    1. Thank you Jocelyn!
      It is always thrilling to see the eagles.
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  31. I like watching the large water birds. I have concerns about the health of our wetlands and that they are still being destroyed.

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    1. Thank you Red!
      That is sad news about the wetlands being destroyed.
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  32. Hut Kingfisher is so beautiful. I've never seen one in real life! And a flock of Ibis reminds me of the time of flocked not quite that big but a really big one came over our house and they all landed in our pine tree in the backyard. I have never seen Ibis sitting in a tree before and it was a shock. I really love the photo of this flock flying it's gorgeous

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    1. Thank you Sandra!
      The Kingfisher is one of my favorites too. These Ibis are seen all over Florida, they must be doing well.
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  33. Excellent photos Eileen. I would love to see wild ponies!

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    1. Thank you Martha!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

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  34. Good morning Eileen and may I say how wonderful it is to view your lovely nature views with no blanket of white you know what luring about, in October! You have such a great collection today, the Bald Eagles up to what they do, as all the rest have made my morning brighter! I must add too that these critter posts are great thanks for hosting, it opens up all our attention to quite frankly the greatest creatures on earth! Enjoy your weather and weekend.

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    1. Thanks Karen! I am happy to see you linking up whenever you can. Your post are uplifting and fun.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  35. Happy Saturday Wishes Eileen.
    A lovely post and photographs - so nice to see the ponies among the birds.

    Stay safe and well.

    All the best Jan

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  36. White Ibis are beautiful, and when flying, fantastic.

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    1. Thanks Bob!
      It is a treat to see all these birds.
      Have a great weekend!

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  37. The belted Kingfisher; what a gorgeous bird. I would love to see one. Happy Day.

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    1. Thank you Gayle!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  38. Hi Eileen, Neat photos, I enjoyed them all. I found the Chincoteague Ponies fascinating. I had to do a Google and read about them. Amazing history there! Thanks for sharing another fine Saturday’s Critters. Happy Saturday to you. Take care, stay safe, and be well. John

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    1. Thank you John!
      I have been to Chincoteague so many times and posted previously about the wild ponies.
      It is a fascinating story. Take care, stay safe! have a great weekend!

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  39. Those oystercatchers are intriguing. I will explore them further.

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    1. Thank you Marie!
      The Oystercatchers are cool looking birds.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  40. Another fabulous post and love all the pictures and wildlife.

    Hugs Diane

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    1. Thank you Diane!
      Take care, I hope your weekend is great!

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  41. Beautiful photos. The shot of the kingfisher is great. I could never catch a photo of one....very skittish they are.

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  42. Very nice ! I love the kingfisher !

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

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  43. Love your bird photos. Love to know more about how you got them. :-)

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    1. Thanks for visiting and for the comment.
      Most of the photos were taken right from my car while at the wildlife refuge.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  44. Yes, I see the goose. These are wonderful photos of a wonderful place.

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  45. Wow ! Your photos are wonderful!
    Take care of yourself dear friend!
    Happy Sunday !

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    1. Thank you Ela!
      Take care, enjoy your day. Have a great new week!

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    1. Thank you so much!
      Take care, enjoy your day.
      Have a great new week!

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  47. Hello Eileen,
    What a nice birds you have saw in that nice nature area.
    That kingfisher is very special, so nice!!

    Greetings, Marco

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  48. Thanks for linking in with us! You're always appreciated!!

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  49. Que gran foto la bandada volando, me encanta. También la 8 y la 10 son muy buenas.
    Gracias Eileen por estar siempre.
    Os deseo un buen domingo. Cuidaros.
    Un abrazo.

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  50. Hi Eileen, your photos are very beautiful, I like the most photo 6 and eleven. You live in a nice country. Happy sunday. Greetings Caroline

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    1. Thank you Caroline!
      Take care, enjoy your day.
      Have a great new week!

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  51. Those orange bills would be hard to miss! Love the eagle.

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    1. Thanks Rose!
      Take care, enjoy your day.
      Have a great new week!

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  52. Wonderful selection of photos.
    I especially loved the 10th with the reflection of the Egrets in the water.
    Have a nice Sunday and a great week.
    Hugs

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  53. Y'all saw all kinds of great birds and the bonus of the ponies...hope you have a great week coming up...we have some rain today but followed by cool weather. Im looking forward to more migrants coming this way.

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    1. Thank you Sondra!
      Enjoy the birding!
      Take care, enjoy your day.
      Have a great new week!

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  54. Hello Eileen, I loved seeing your nuthatches and white ibis. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this meme. I have tried to link up (I see you have the original linky set up again) but it prohibits me from linking up. Please can you link me or let me know how to do this. I actually have a real wild -life bird story to share. Not just my ubiquitous cows, cats and blooms! Have a great day.Jo

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  55. Very nice place and beautiful pics... Have a great week and be safe...

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  56. Hello again Eileen, I get this message when I try to link up: Link URL must begin with 'http://'
    Not sure how to overcome it.

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  57. Great shot of the birds in flight! Super interesting pattern of the birds. Took me a minute but I finally found the goose in the last shot. Loved seeing the ponies. Hope your new week is off to a wonderful start!

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  58. Nice to see the oystercatchers (ours are black) and kingfisher. Have a good weekend.

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  59. i love any trips around Virginia or really any where new. i think the virus thing ... yes we need to be careful but it is so impossible to stay home all the time. kayaking. getting out and just being some where fun is awesome!! ( ;
    great shots. what fun.

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  60. Found the goose! Loved all your photos. Have a great week, Eileen. Mxx

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  61. Hey...these are great as usual, Eileen. Kingfishers amaze me!!...jp

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  62. Those Ibis are really beautiful. I've never seen one in person.

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  63. Such wonderful photos! Love the Eagles and the Kingfisher!

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  64. I'll be weeing those sights and birds very soon in Florida.

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  65. Hello Eileen, beautiful pictures, I love the eagles.

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