Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge this week is “white or off-white.”
Lisa Coleman’s Bird Weekly challenge this week is common birds in your area at this time of year.
We have both “residents” and “visitors” at the Moorings. The herons drop by on an almost daily basis – one never knows when or if they will be visiting while walking around the grounds. The other day, we saw this white heron wading in East Pond.
Today on our walk, we saw this gray heron in almost the same spot. The gray heron we have seen before is bigger than this one, so I think it must be younger and perhaps new in town!
Ducks and swans are permanent residents (the swans leave in the winter and are brought back in early spring). Alas, no cygnets this year – second year in a row! But there are lots of duck families and recently a large group of Canada geese with their half-grown broods came for a swim on East Pond.
There is a red-wing blackbird always scolding us with his tsks and sharp calls. He flies from tree to tree, following us as we circle the pond.
There is always th
There is always the ubiquitous robin!
Lisa Coleman’s Bird Weekly challenge this week is more than one species of bird in a photo.
Canada goose, mute swan, and mallard pair (Arlington Heights, IL – USA)
These are the most common species to see in our ponds. The swans and ducks are welcome, but the Canada geese are always “crashing” and they make a mess of our walkways!!
Heron, swan and ducks (Arlington Heights)
This gray heron is a daily visitor to our ponds. He wades in the tall grasses and looks for fish – a few days ago we saw him catching and eating a fish, but alas! We didn’t have our cameras with us!
Vultures and marabou stork (Tanzania)
These scavengers clean the bones from a kill that the hunter has already abandoned. We often saw a sort of scavenger hierarchy, waiting in line for their turn: hyena, jackal, vulture, stork – all eyeing the carcass as a lion made a meal of its kill.
Snowy Egret and Gray Heron (Aswan, Egypt)
We had few opportunities to photograph wildlife in Egypt – most of our days were spent at ancient Egyptian temples and ruins. But our last day in Aswan, we spent part of a morning on a leisurely boat ride to look for wildlife. Mostly we saw birds – this egret and heron, cormorants, and a few unidentified small birds.
Continuing with things I love for Paula’s February Love challenge, here are my days 14 and 15.
Feb. 14: I love…Dale. Valentine’s Day is a special day for me, because it is my husband’s birthday! I married my valentine 25 years ago, and we’ve been together for almost 30 years total! For our 25th anniversary (last November) we had planned to take a round trip cruise from the Caribbean to the Amazon, but of course it was cancelled due to Covid. We will go in 2022 instead. Years ago, I bit Dale with my travel bug and now he loves it as much as I do!
He can be very sentimental at times, much more so than I. He loves joking with puns, but he has used some of them so many times that other family members have to tell him to stop! Dale is a former high school history teacher in the inner city of Chicago, and retired after 33 years. Since then, he’s had more time for his favorite pursuit – golf! In the winter – especially this pandemic winter – he gets bored!
Dale turned 77 yesterday, and a few unexpected health problems have arisen lately. Still, we hope to enjoy as many more years together as we can!
Feb. 15: I love…animals. I have already written about my love for cats, but we took a safari in Tanzania in 2018 that was the most unique and memorable trip of my life so far! During this pandemic, we are homebound, but we are lucky to live on a beautiful campus with two small lakes. Every spring and summer, I enjoy watching the swans, ducks, and other fowl that visit our lakes. I’ve also made friends with a couple of the dogs who I see on my walks (when the weather’s warm enough!).
Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is birds. Cee says: Remember your photos needs to be black and white, desaturated, sepia (brown tones) or selective color.
Lisa Coleman of Our Eyes Open‘s Bird Weekly photo challenge this week asks us to post long-legged birds.
Lisa Coleman at Our Eyes Open has a photo challenge, Bird Weekly. This week’s topic is “birds with orange or yellow legs.”
Around here are lots of mallard ducks.
I couldn’t resist posting this one – the ducklings are so cute!
Sea gulls have yellow legs (and yellow beaks too!) like this one at Mont St.-Michel, France.
Tanzania is rich in bird species.
Lisa Coleman has a new photo challenge called Bird Weekly. Each week is a different topic: this week it is Black & White or Sepia, and it is my first time participating.
Our main source of entertainment in the last several months at our senior community has been our resident birds. Two pairs of swans are brought to campus every March and are taken back in October. They are supposed to scare away the Canada geese – in this they have been a total failure!! We also have ducks, geese and a heron who drops in every day.
I am forever trying to get good shots of our water bird population. Lately, I’ve gotten several good photos on “West Lake” here at our senior community, so I’m showing them off here on Jez’s Water Water Everywhere #35 challenge.
After living in an increasingly crowded suburb for 30 years, last year Dale and I moved to Arlington Heights, where we live in a senior community with a large campus – lots of pretty flowers, landscaping, and a community garden area. We have two “lakes” (that’s what they’re called here but to me they are more like ponds) with a pair of swans on each lake. I take a walk around campus every day and there’s always something or someone to see. There’s plenty of other wildlife here too.