Saturday, September 25, 2021

Saturday's Critters # 406

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 am way behind sharing photos from our walks and outings. These images are from our last visit and walk at the North Point State Park in Baltimore County, Maryland. We like hiking on the Black Marsh Trail, it takes us past some wetlands and wildlife sightings. We walk the loop trail just far enough to see the Chesapeake Bay then we backtracked. 


1. My sightings from our walk, Slider Turtle, Little Blue Heron, Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Double-crested Cormorants, Belted Kingfisher, Swallow, Great Blue Heron, Darter Dragonfly, Red-shouldered Hawk and the Swamp or Rose Mallows


2. The Little Blue Heron is one bird I can usually find at this park, Usually I can see juveniles, the Mottled and the adult Little Blue Heron. On this visit we only saw one adult Little Blue Heron, which is ok I am happy seeing just one. 

 Below you can see the bicolored bill, the blue body with the maroon head and neck. they are about 24 inches in length.




3. Little Blue Heron with it's catch.  



4. I am pretty sure, in other words guessing the birds below are the Northern Rough-winged Swallows. 


5. I tried for a closer look at this Swallow. These swallows do not have the shiny look on their feathers that show up on a Tree Swallow. 


6. A pretty look at a Great Blue Heron seen from the trail.




7.  The Red-eared Slider is the most common Slider turtle seen in Maryland. 


8. A Red-shouldered Hawk looked to be on the hunt, looking down at something we couldn't see. 


9. Looking out at the Chesapeake Bay, I could see a "gulp" of Double-crested Cormorants. The word "Gulp" is a name used to describe a group of Cormorants. 



Not a critter, but a  cute photo of my grandson enjoying his first sunrise at the beach.




I hope you enjoyed my birds and photos from our walk at the North Point State Park, it is one of my favorite Maryland State Parks.  

I am also linking up to Anni's blog party found here I'd Rather B Birding   Anni always has some beautiful birds to be seen on her blog, check it out!



Here is my linky:

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

130 comments:

  1. Love the big heron and the grandson, so cute.

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    1. Thank you Diane!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  2. Great selection of critters Eileen especially the Little Blue heron however my favourite shot is of your very happy grandson. I am laughing to myself when you say you are behind in showing us your photos. I am ALwAYS far behind as I often take my camera on my walks and come back with many shots and in 1 day's walk, could have enough shots for a week's posts!! Thanks for hosting, stay safe and have a great week ahead.

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    1. Thank you Margaret!
      It is good to have so many extra photos to share and for blog posts.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  3. I did enjoyed watching all the critters in the post. The dragonflies and Little Blue Heron with its catch are among my favorites. Your cute grandson stole the show!

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      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  4. Beautiful photos of critters from your visit and walks. The best photo is of your cute grandson. He enjoys his first sunrise at the beach. Have a beautiful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Nancy!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  5. Your grandson is cute and lovely. 😉
    Among the nice collection of critters today I pick the Swallows as my favourite.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Luisella!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  6. Taking a walk in such a beautiful nature must be very pleasant and relaxing. The birds are lovely!

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    1. Thank you Angie!
      Spending time with nature is a relaxing time for me.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  7. Hello Eileen,
    The Little Blue Heron is so cute. They are very pretty. Your grandson is also very beautiful!
    Take care, and enjoy your day.
    Happy Weekend!

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    1. Thank you Marit!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  8. Your grandson's photo, with that beautiful smile, is priceless!
    The last time that I saw some cormorants here was a couple of years ago.
    Have a good week end.

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      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  9. Hi Eileen,
    What a beautiful series of photos and collage this is.
    Your grandson is really a sweetheart to see.
    Would you mind posting my link, I can't.
    I wish you a very nice weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  10. Hello Eileen,
    Wonderful pictures. Great how you have photograph that blue heron.
    And what a lovely kid. You could be proud with your grandson. So cute!! Nice picture!!

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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    1. Thank you Marco, for the comment and visit.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  11. ...Eileen, you have a wonderful collection and you saved the best for last. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Tom!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  12. The bicolored bill really is an elegant bird. Lovely photos, least not the last one :)

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  13. You see a lot of critters on your walks.

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    1. Thank you Marianne!
      I am always on the lookout for critters.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  14. I live and learn, Eileen. I did not know that the collective term for a group of cormorants was a gulp. They certainly do gulp down fish!

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    1. Thank you David!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  15. Such a sweet happy baby and beautiful background. That looks like a wonderful birding location. (The light collars on the swallows suggest they may be Cliff Swallows. I could be wrong).

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    1. Thank you Ken!
      I am still not sure about the swallows.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  16. Wonderful photos, Eileen. I love the little blue heron and the turtle. Have a great day and weekend. Thanks for hostine.

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    1. Thank you Bill!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  17. What an adorable grandson you have! The sunrise suits him. Haha … we are all critters in this world sharing the same need for a healthy environment to thrive. I’m grateful for legs but wouldn’t it be neat if we also had wings to fly like the birds in your photos. :)

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    1. Thank you for the comment and link today!
      It would be neat to be able to fly like a bird.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  18. Buen avistamiento de aves. He podido disfrutar de cada una de las especies de tus fotografías, pero la que más me ha gustado es la simpatía del niño pequeño de la última foto.

    Que teng un feliz fin de semana.

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      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  19. Uma caminhada que deu belas fotografias.
    Gostei de ver o ar feliz do neto.
    Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    Livros-Autografados

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  20. Que lindas dotos dos bichos, mas o netinho rouba a cena. Lindo, fofinho, simpático, sorridente! Um amor! beijos, tudo de bom,chica

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    1. Thank you Chica!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  21. You've had some wonderful sightings. And I think you could call that last little guy a critter -- a human critter, and a darling one at that!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie!
      I appreciate the comment and link!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  22. I'm way behind, as well. So good having things to post, though. Thanks for hosting and posting your beautiful birds!

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    1. Thank you Jenn!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  23. Lovely photos, Eileen. Those herons are magnificent. Enjoy your time with your adorable little grandson!

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    1. Thank you Nick!
      We are always happy to spend time with our grandson.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  24. The little blue heron is one of our favs! Always so beautiful and has neat poses for the camera. Your little grandson sure is precious! What a happy life he has ahead of him! Blessings to him. Hugs, Diane

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    1. Thank you Diane!
      the Little Blue Heron is one of my favorite birds.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  25. Sorry Eileen but I screwed up doing my link and put last weeks pic on first by mistake. I'm not sure if you can fix that.
    I love seeing the turtles in the wild.

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    1. Thank you RedPat!
      I fixed the wrong entry, no problem.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  26. Dear friend! Photos you shared are as usual amazing! Slider Turtle looks really different. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  27. I love that Little Blue Heron Eileen. It's one we don't get here in the UK, so really nice to see your pictures.

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    1. Thank you Adam!
      The Little Blue Heron is a beauty!
      Have a great weekend!

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  28. Hi Eileen...loved seeing your birds from your walk, and especially learning about a gulp of Cormorants! I wonder if a group of Anhingas gets the same phrase, since they also like to dry their wings after diving for fish! Hope you have a lovely weekend, and thanks for comments on my blog!

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    1. Thank you Barbara, I appreciate your visit and comments.
      A group of anhinga or cormorants may be called a colony too.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  29. We usually see regulars when we go to an are but what really makes the trip is the different things we see.

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    1. Hello Red,
      Thank you for the comment.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  30. a treasure trove of sightings, all so pretty!! i saw a lot of turtles in the beginning of the summer, none now. you got a nice image of it!! the herons are so stately, the little blue heron is beautiful with it's catch of the day!!

    your grandson is adorable, what a cute baby!! have a great weekend eileen, and many thanks for hosting!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie!
      We had a nice day with lots of great nature sightings.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  31. Your grandson is absolutely adorable what a beautiful picture of him okay. That little blue heron is 24 in of beauty.

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    1. Thank you Sandra! The Little Blue is a beauty!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  32. Hello Eileen,:=) As always a delightful selection of photos. I have never seen that type of swallow before, They look tiny and cute. I also didn't know that a group of Cormorants are referred to as a Gulp. Good capture of the Red Shouldered Hawk and Love the Blue Heron captures, and your descriptive narrative. Last but not least, your grandson is adorable, he looks so happy and with the sunrise in the background your photo is picture perfect.

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    1. Hello Sonjia, thank you for the comment and link this week.
      I think our grandson enjoyed his little beach vacation.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  33. Hi Eileen! Happy saturday! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Ranten!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  34. Beautiful photos, Eileen. Autumn is a great time for bird watching around here.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you Amalia!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  35. I love all your bird photos, but your grandson takes the prize. What a lovely ending to this fantastic photo journey along the Black Marsh Trail.

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    1. Hello Inger,
      Thank you for the comment and visit.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  36. that´s an interesting Swallow. I like what I see. Are they as swift as the other species?

    Your grandson is a real sweety :)

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    1. Thank you Monica!
      He is a sweetie!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  37. Dear Eileen, that's the first I ever hear of a Rough-winged Swallow. I loved the images and your description of the Little Blue Heron. Interesting collective noun for cormorants. A gulp. And of course, your grandbaby is too precious. Thanks for sharing and also for hosting this meme I have added mine. Have a great week. Jo

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    1. Thank you Jo!
      I am always happy to see you linking up, I enjoyed your Ibis nest images.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  38. Oh, my, your grandson is so adorable...such a little sweetie!

    Love all the birds you get to see.

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    1. Thank you Rose!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  39. Great capture of the birds and other species from your marsh walk. Here many marshlands are destroyed by dumping garbage to turn it into residential plots. But still, the birds continue to visit those places, and many die in the polluted environment as well. I'm glad to see fresh marshes there where birds enjoy the purity of nature.
    Btw. Your grandson is cute. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Hello Jeevan, thank you for the comment and visit.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  40. Always wonderful (for us LOL) when you can capture actual prey in their beaks. Never knew what a group of cormorants was, thanks for that tidbit. Water is such a wonderful draw for different critters. But the best of all was your photo of that gorgeous boy!

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    1. Thank you Jocelyn! I found the Gulp of Cormorants on google. Our grandson is adorable.
      Take care, enjoy your day and happy weekend!

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  41. I love herons and swallows, such pretty birds and such efficient fishers. Turtles are always a favourite too. Wish there were some here.

    Your little sweetie is adorable and growing so quickly!

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  42. Absolutely pictures Eileen, different kind of Herons, and the Tree Swallow, beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Bob!
      It is always nice to see a post from you! Take care, enjoy your weekend.

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      Have a happy new week!

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  44. Hi Eileen, You found some really cool birds on your walk around It's always fun to watch the wading birds hunt, I really like the grandson's first Beach Trip Sunset photo sooo sweet. Don't you wish they could stay that age....Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Sondra! I do enjoy watching the birds on the hunt for food.
      The kiddies do grow quickly. Have a great weekend!

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  45. Always love your photos Eileen - but your grandson would have to take the prize for being the cutest :)

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      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  46. Your adorable grandson has to take the top honours today, with the Blue Heron coming a close second place. They are indeed magnificent birds.

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    1. Thank you Jean! I hope you are feeling well.
      We do love all grandson! The Little Blue Heron is a beauty!
      Have a great new week!

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  47. Love the turtle.
    What a great picture of your grandson. Looks like a happy baby! :)

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    1. Thank you Karen!
      Have a happy day and a great new week!

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      Wyatt is a cutie!
      Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  49. Of course, you KNOW your grandson is the BEST of them all...at least that's in my opinion...LOL...jp

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    1. Thank you JP!
      Yes, we think are grandson is the best too.
      Have a happy day and a great new week!

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    1. Thank you William! I love the herons too.
      Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  51. Hello Eileen
    I did enjoy seeing all the critters on your post...
    BUT the star is your Grandson, what a lovely photograph, he is so cute.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan!
      Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  52. As always, I find myself smiling and loving each and every one of your photos - Especially the last one of your grandson, whatta cutie!!

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    1. Thank you Kim!
      Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  53. Beautiful greens and birds! Grandson is adorable.

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  54. The birds are fantastic Eileen. But that photo of your grandson on the beach definitely steals the show today!!

    Thanks for linking in this week!

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    1. Thank you Anni!
      Our grandson Wyatt is No.1
      Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  55. Precioso está vuestoo nieto. Un abrazo para él.
    Buen domingo Eileen.
    Un abrazo.

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  56. Good morning Eileen! Your first photo is exceptional, and just to the right on the timber or whatever it appears to me a small yellow shaped heart probably a flower? Your grandson is adorable what a sweet photo. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Karen! I had to go back and look closer at the Yellow heart, you have a good eye. I missed it!
      I hope your weekend has been great, wishing you a happy new week!

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  57. Great photo of you sweet grandson ~ a always a lovely array of nature photos ~ so professional looking ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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      Have a happy Sunday and a great new week!

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  58. Lovely photos and wander with you - I'm there with the Slider Turtle sunbathing in spirit!
    Have a lovely week Eileen.
    Wren x

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    1. Thank you Wren!
      I enjoy the turtles and all the wildlife.
      Have a great week!

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  59. Hi Eileen ☺ Thanks so much for your dear comment on my blog last week. Love the herons. ♥♥

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    1. Thank you Rain! I appreciate the visit and comment.
      Take care, have a happy new week!

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  60. Oh your grandson is adorable Eileen, such a sweet little smile. I enjoyed all your photos as always. Thanks for sharing your grandson with us too. Happy days to all of you :)

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    1. Thank you Denise!
      We think our grandson is adorable too.
      Have a great new week!

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  61. Love the cute Little Blue Heron.

    Your grandson is adorable, Eileen.

    Happy Tuesday!

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    1. Hello Veronica! Thank you for the comment!
      Have a great day and week ahead.

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  62. I love the three photos of Blue Heron, especially with its reflection on the water. Your grandson made me smile – how adorable! Enjoy your season.

    Yoko

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    1. Thank you Yoko! Have a happy day and a great week ahead.

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  63. Eileen - well, it's a no-brainer! The best photo of all is your grandson! Adorable!

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    1. Thank you Angie!
      I agree, our grandson is adorable.
      Have a great day, happy weekend!

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  64. Todas las fotografías son bonitas, pero especialmente tu nieto es el mejor. Un abrazo.

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