Saturday, February 19, 2022

Saturday's Critters #427

 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!


There are times I visit my archives for critter photos. These are from Feb 2017.  A few of my favorite things..my favorite birds seen in various Florida parks. 


1. The Roseate Spoonbills were seen in various parks like Circle B, Merritt Island NWR and Ding Darling NWR. 




2. The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were seen every day in our Lakeland neighborhood. These ducks are one of my favorites, they are so darn cute. 




3. A group of White Pelicans were seen corralling their food at the Viera Wetlands. 





4. The Anhinga could be seen all around Florida. 





5. The Limpkin has one of the craziest and distinct sounds I have ever heard, they are very loud too. 





6. This Yellow-crowned Night Heron seen with a crab, was seen at the Ding Darling NWR. 





7. The Purple Gallinule is seen all around Florida too,  a detail that help me id this bird is the sky blue frontal shield above the red and yellow bill.  We saw them every day in our Lakeland neighborhood and the nearby parks.




8.  Our Lakeland backyard, was a nice spot to see various birds like these 3 Sandhill Cranes. 



Every day of our stay in Florida, from Oct to March 2017 was like a vacation day. We visited parks and beaches, lots of great restaurants and enjoyed the beautiful weather. 


9.  Extra, Extra read all about it! Our grandson Wyatt had a very happy 1st birthday on 2-15.  







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Thanks to all my visitors and for your past and present comments. Stop back to see any replies to your comments. I appreciate everyone who loves and respects wildlife. Thank you for linking up a critter post.



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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!

125 comments:

  1. Florida birds are wonderful. I love your photos. I wish we had been able to go back to those spots this year, but the new pandemic variant caused us to cancel our trip. Great baby pics too!

    It's great to hear from you in your comments on my posts.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae, it is always nice to see you linking up.
      Florida birds are wonderful. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Congrats on the birthday - what a cutie!! Also that's an excellent shot of the spoonbills with the pink reflection in the watter. Just lovely!

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    1. Thank you Lydia!
      It is nice to see you link up and I appreciate the comment.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Eileen - the color on the Whistling Ducks is fascinating. Super shot of the Heron with the crab! And belated Happy Birthday to Wyatt!

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    1. Thank you Angie! The Whistling Ducks are one of my many favorite birds.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  4. The R. Spoonbills with their pink feathers look very pretty. I wonder how the Heron is going to eat the crab. Happy birthday to your grandson Wyatt. So cute and adorable. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Nancy! I appreciate your link and comment.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  5. Nice shots of lovely birds! So difficult to choose my favorites, but the Anhinga, the Yellow-crowned Night Heron and the Purple Gallinule come atop. How cute Wyatt is!! Belated, Happy Birthday from me, too. I’m envious of your long stay in warm Florida. I’m looking forward to spring.

    Yoko

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    1. Thank you Yoko!
      We did enjoy our stay in Florida, the birding is great.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  6. Hari OM
    Oh my word, loved every one of these photos today, so clear and near!!! And congrats to the young fellow &*> YAM xx

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  7. Again some birds that I have never seen before! Love the Roseate Spoonbills the most. Happy Birthday, Wyatt.

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    1. Thank you Angie! I love the Spoonbills too, they are lovely.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  8. Wow; What a gorgeous line-up of birdies♬ I love sweet pink-color bird "Roseate Spoonbillsthe". And surprised at the gorgeous line-up with others as well. Both my husband and I most impressed by the Yellow-crowned Night Heron seen with a crab among others.
    And "happy 1st birthday to your grandson; Loved to see all the sweet pictures of him ♡♡♡
    Have a lovely Weekend and Thank you very much for your kindness for your followers, Lots of love Miyako;

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    1. Thank you Miyako!
      The Spoonbills are beautiful.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  9. Hello Eileen,
    The birds in Florida are of many different species. The Roseate Spoonbills are very beautiful. Happy Birthday to your grandson!
    Take care, and have a Happy Weekend!

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    1. Thank you Marit! Florida has lots of beautiful birds.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  10. Hi Eileen,
    What great photos these are.
    The Roseate Spoonbills are my favorite.
    Would you mind posting my link??
    Have a nice weekend.
    Your grandson is a sweetheart and happy birthday.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma! The Spoonbills are one of my favorites too.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  11. so many birds I would love to see again. :) Your image of the Anhinga is so beautiful. Would be worth to hang on your wall. Maybe next to the sweet young ones you have now :)
    Take care!

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

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  12. Hello Eileen, :=) Fantastic sightings and photos.The Limpkin is unknown to me, I believe I have not seen this bird on any nature block before, it is an unusual looking bird. The beautiful Roseate Spoonbills with pink reflections is a lovely capture, as is the Anhinga, almost like a painting. The Yellow-Crowned Night Heron with the crab is a delightful image, as are the cute ducks. I enjoyed seeing each and every one of your 2017 photos. Now to this year,....adorable pictures of your Grandson Wyatt, and also lovely photo of your son and daughter in law. It doesn't seem possible, that Wyatt is already one year old. Happy Birthday Wyatt!

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    1. Thank you Sonjia! I was lucky to see the heron pick up the crab.
      Wyatt's first year flew by!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  13. This is a beautiful collection of birds. I enjoyed looking at the pictures. Thanks for sharing.
    Wishing a Happy Birthday to your grandson Wyatt!
    Have a great weekend!

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

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  14. Happy Birthday to Wyatt!
    Great bird photos!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you Lea, for your comment and the birthday wishes.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  15. Tão lindas tuas fotos de todos os bichos! E parabéns pelo niver do netinho que já completou 1 ninho!
    Linda colagem fizeste com cada mês dele!
    Felicidades sempre! beijos, tudo de bom,chica

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  16. Great collection of birds, Eileen. I admire them all!
    Thanks for hosting this critter party. Have a great one.

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  17. Thanks for sharing images of pretty birds - almost all do not live in my area of the world. :)
    Happy belated birthday to Wyatt!
    He looks comfy and happy.
    Wishing you a good time with him!

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    1. Thank you Luisella!
      Wyatt is a very happy boy!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  18. Indeed a nice lot of birds. Great to see and congrats with your grant son.

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    1. Thank you for your visit and comment.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  19. Love the Spoonbills, such an unique bird that I have never seen. Wyatt is 1, boy how times flies. Happy belated Birthday to the little man. Have a great weekend Eileen and thanks for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Bill! The year did fly by!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  20. ...a fabulous collection of critters, but Wyatt is by far the star of the show. Thanks for hosting, take care and stay well.

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    1. Thank you Tom! We think Wyatt is a star too.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  21. oh heartfelt thanks and so many for sharing these spectacular bird images dear Eileen ,i love birds so much !!!

    i admire how brilliantly you capture these beauties wow and they are in abundance where you live i assume what a gift to have them around ,
    your grandson is really cute indeed happy birthday to angle and may he see so many ahead with his sweet parents amen!

    more blessings to you and yours!

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    1. Thank you Baili!
      Watching the birds is one of my simple pleasures.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  22. A great review of some iconic Florida birds. I hope you guys are raising your grandson as a little naturalist. Lily can already recognize and identify several species and knows their call/song. At that age children absorb it all so easily.

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    1. Thank you David! Lily is a smart little girl.
      Have a great weekend.

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  23. Happy Birthday Wyatt. How time flies Eileen. I never did get to Florida, nearest was Mexico and Dominican Republic where I saw some of those birds. And yes, I remember seeing Limpkins nesting in nearby trees and the noises they made. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for the linky again.

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    1. Thank you Phil! You should take a trip to Florida, the birding there is awesome!
      Have a great weekend!

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  24. Delightful photos as always, Eileen. Aren't the spoonbills quite amazing?
    Happy birthday to your grandson, many happy returns of the day to him!

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    1. Thank you Nick! The Spoonbills are amazing!
      Take care, enjoy your day and week ahead.

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  25. PS: Thank you for hosting, Eileen! Enjoy your weekend.

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

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  26. Congrats on the birthday, Wyatt is too beautiful!
    I see that in Florida there are a lot of different wonderful birds. Thank for sharing the photos.
    I am at the lake and we are waiting for the arrival of the Canadian ducks.
    Have a great week end.

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment.
      We do love our grandson Wyatt, he is adorable.
      I hope you see some great birds and ducks at the lake.
      Have a great weekend!

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  27. Dear Eileen,
    The Roseate Spoonbills are so beautiful. And the Anhinga looks so majestic in your photo! A wonderful shot of the Yellow-crowned Night Heron with the crab! And so many other beautiful bird photos! I am especially happy to see your grandson Wyatt again. He has developed splendidly - happy birthday to him! (I'm always so sorry that my daughter and her boyfriend don't want me to show my grandson Jamie's face on the internet... But I have to go through that...)
    All the best and have a nice weekend,
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2022/02/italien-reisebericht-relax-tag.html

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    1. Thank you Traude!
      I understand you must follow your daughter's wishes on keeping your grandson's photos off the internet.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  28. I love the birds but your little cutie wins the day! Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Marie! Wyatt is a cutie!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  29. I'm so glad you were able to spend some time visiting our beautiful state. I especially like the first shot, I've lived here my entire life and have never been close enough to Roseate Spoonbills to get a decent shot.

    A very happy birthday to you sweet little Wyatt, he's adorable!

    Have a great weekend! :)

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    1. Thank you Martha!
      The Spoonbills are beautiful to see.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  30. What a great collection of 2017 birds/ducks/cranes et al. I wondered how the crane ate the crab...hope he didn't swallow it whole! Ouch! Oh what a great year of photos of your grandson...he's precious! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Barbara!
      I think the heron's bill is able to break up the crab's shell.
      Have a great weekend!

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  31. Sorry, I misspoke, it was a heron eating the crab!!

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  32. Wyatt is tooo precious for words! the collage is perfect, watching him grow. I am wondering what he thinks of his baby brother. is Wyatt walking? all the birds are excellent today. Spoonbills are so beautiful, the first time I saw one in the preserve I was shocked at how pretty they are.

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    1. Thanks Sandra! The Spoonbills are beautiful, such a pretty color pink.
      I think Wyatt will be walking any day now, he does walk while holding onto things.
      Happy weekend to you!

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  33. Lovely captures! Best birthday wishes to Wyatt!

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment and birthday wishes.
      Have a great day!

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  34. aren't our archives wonderful, i have been trying to organize mine for years, one day i will get there!! all of these big birds are wonderful, i especially enjoyed seeing the purple gallinule!!!

    but my favorite, wyatt...he will win over any bird or animal any time!!! he is adorable!! thanks for hosting eileen, have a great weekend!!

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I try to keep my archived photos organized, I could do better. LOL!
      Wyatt is adorable, we will see him later today at his birthday party.
      Have a great weekend.

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  35. All such fabulous birds, Eileen! I liked seeing the Whistling Ducks which I always liked seeing on the blog that Tex had and she used to feed them all the time.

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    1. Thank you RedPat! I remember Tex's blog and I always enjoyed seeing her Whistling Ducks and photos.
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  36. I saw Whistling Ducks at nearby our neighborhood several months ago....
    they are cute....

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    1. Thank you Tanza! I miss seeing the whistling ducks.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  37. I love the Roseate Spoonbills, adorable Eileen. And the Limpkin, fantastic.

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    1. Thank you Bob! The Spoonbills are beautiful.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  38. Adorable photos of your family and Happy Birthday Wyatt!!! Enjoyed your bird collection also, a wonderful variety to be sure. I'm hoping the Spoonbills will be coming back to Huntley Meadows again this year, fingers crossed. Have a great weekend Eileen and thanks for all these great photos!

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    1. Thank you Denise! It would be nice to see the Spoonbills return this year.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  39. Good to see some of the birds we see in spring and summer. The Sand Hill Cranes migrate through Nebraska and South Dakota a half million strong, and the White Pelicans spend summers on the lakes around here. Glad they can enjoy the warmth around you.

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    1. Thank you for your visit and comment.
      The Cranes and Pelicans are two of my favorite birds.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  40. Your grandson Wyatt is a cutie. Such a fine child he is.
    I remember seeing my first anhinga in New Orleans at Audobon Park. Strangest bird that I have seen in a while. Very gothic.
    Your sandhill cranes are beautiful and all your other photos are great as well.
    Thank you for hosting!!

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    1. Thank you Alan!
      The Anhinga is a cool looking bird.
      Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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    1. Thank you Anne!
      Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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  42. Wyatt is a handsome and bright-eyed one-year old! Love the spoonbills and the other birds.

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    1. Thank you Ken! I do love the Spoonbills!
      Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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  43. Oh my goodness! Your grandson is so cute!

    I love all of these photos!

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    1. Thank you Vicki!
      Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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  44. All wonderful photos - favorite is the Anhinga which I never even heard of.
    Happy Birthday to Wyatt - hard to believe he is one already.

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    1. Thank you Karen!
      Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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  45. The baby is growing by leaps and bounds! What a lot of love he enjoys...makes me feel so good to see his happy smiles! LOVE the Spoonbills...they are my favorite FL bird and we saw rarely see them in the wild! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Diane!
      Wyatt does have a cute smile, he is a happy baby.
      Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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  46. Happy Birthday to Wyatt, My son just had a birthday last week, Beware, Aquarians are very stubborn, LoL, I really want to go back to FL and hit all the great spots I missed...Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Sondra!
      There are so many places I loved in Florida, maybe even some we missed seeing.
      Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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  47. Hello Eileen
    What a lovely post, so enjoyable to see all of the birds, I do like the Roseate Spoonbills and a lovely reflection in the picture too.
    Isn't Wyatt adorable and his first year has flown by. Thank you for sharing his lovely photographs. Belated birthday wishes to him.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan!
      Yes, Wyatt's first year flew by.
      Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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  48. There really is a lot of opportunities to enjoy nature here in this state! Wyatt is a doll!

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    1. Thank you Sallie!
      Florida is a great state for birding.
      Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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  49. I am most impressed by that Yellow-crowned Night Heron. Thanks for hosting. And happy birthday to sweet Wyatt!

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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  50. Roseate Spoonbills! The name is almost as fantastic as the birds! Great photos.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you Amalia!
      Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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  51. Happy Birthday to Wyatt! He is so cute...hard to believe he is a year old. I had to go listen to the Limpkin...they make a sound that would have to grow on you. But maybe if one had grown up hearing it, it might be a welcome sound. I sure enjoyed your photos...seeing all these have made me think I would actually enjoy a visit to Florida. It has never been high on my bucket list.

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    1. Thanks Roe! If you like watching birds, you would love Florida. The birds seem very used to being close to people there, which makes taking bird photos fun. Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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  52. Amazing photos of all these interesting birds, Eileen. A very happy 1st birthday to Wyatt!!

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    1. Thank you Ellen! Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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  53. Happy Birthday, Wyatt and wonderful series of photos of our feathered friends ~ Xo

    Wishing you a happy day ~

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thank you Carol!
      Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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  54. Yes, Happy Birthday, Wyatt! The bird photos are beyond fabulous. After reading Florida blogs, I have regrets that I never visited when I was younger. I had no idea about he bird and wildlife there before.

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    1. Thank you Inger!
      Yes, Florida is a great place for seeing wildlife.
      Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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  55. Loads of birds I've never seen. I especially love those spoonbills!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie!
      I love the Spoonbills too.
      Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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  56. Muchas felicidades para Wyatt, se ve precioso. Las fotos de los pájaros me encantan. Feliz semana.

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    1. Thank you Teresa!
      Take care, enjoy your day and week ahead.

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  57. I've been away from blogging for a while but hoping to catch up with critters again soon. Lovely photos. Happy Birthday Wyatt!

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    1. Thank you KB!
      Take care, enjoy your day and week ahead.

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  58. Beautiful post and pics.
    Happy Birthday greetings to Wyatt , God Bless.
    Have a nice week ahead.

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      Take care, enjoy your day and week ahead.

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  59. The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are one of my favorites as well, and they always remind me of the ranch, Theresa. The Lakeland you mention appears to be an excellent location for bird observation. And you made a lovely collage of your gorgeous grandchild, and I wish him a very happy birthday and many more happy days ahead.

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    1. Thank you Jeevan!
      I always loved seeing Teresa's Whistling Ducks. She is missed.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  60. Sandhill Cranes look so beautiful...
    excellent shots

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  61. Thank you for your comment!
    Take care, enjoy your day!

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  62. Don't they grow fast? the bird photos are amazing such a variety.

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