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Baby Anole on Tuesday

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This baby brown anole was climbing around on the outside of the screen door today–getting an early start at claiming that territory.

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It was a very small, very young anole–these photos are larger than life-size.

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When I took the camera outside the back door, the tiny anole sat calmly on the screen.

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The little anole did keep an eye on me.

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But it didn’t seem frightened and never did run away until I went back into the house.

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I’m sorry about not getting posts done every day lately. We’re still dealing with family illness here, so I’ll just post as I can.

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Saturday Photos

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Palm frond in the sunshine.

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Looking up into the palm trees.

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Gloriosa lily buds.

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The curl at the tip of a gloriosa lily leaf. The tip curls around whatever it touches, clinging as the plant grows taller. This leaf has a thread of something attached to it–maybe part of a tiny spider web.

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One of my favorite warm weather sights–a tiny baby anole. I’ve only seen a few babies so far this year. This little anole had its eyes shut as I took the photo.

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Baby anole climbing on the fence.

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Bluebird on Friday

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A small bird on a wire–the blue coloring coming in on its tail and wings give its identity away.

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It’s a bluebird, probably a juvenile.

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Bluebird looking to the right.

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The bluebird turned toward the camera.

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Killdeer on Tuesday

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A few shots of a Killdeer performing its broken wing display. This bird puts on an act to distract predators, acting injured and appearing to be easy prey. The predator leaves the nest and babies alone, and pursues the “injured” bird. In this case the Killdeer perceived me as a predator and was trying to lead me away from the young birds.

The rusty tail is spread wide here, with wings held up.

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Left wing pulled in and leaning to the right.Killdeer20170610_236

Shifting position a little.

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Almost flat in the grass here.

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We had a medical emergency here last Tuesday evening. My husband was ill and I had to take him to the emergency room, where we ended up spending most of the night. He was admitted to the hospital and stayed there for a few days until he was doing better. He’s home now but still needs assistance. So my photography time is more limited right now, and I’m glad to have some photos on hand that I haven’t posted yet–like these Killdeer pictures. (I did post one “broken wing” Killdeer picture a week or two ago, but it wasn’t one of these.)

A Few for Monday

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The juvenile ospreys have left their nests, and the nests are currently empty, with no ospreys hanging around. Here’s one of my last sightings of the young osprey in the first nest, poking its head up from the huge pile of branches on the light pole.

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This is an adult osprey with yellow eyes, sitting by itself on another utility pole–maybe enjoying its freedom from the responsibilities of raising its young.

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The osprey noticed me and camera.

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I haven’t seen anymore Killdeer babies, but here’s an adult.

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Two for Sunday

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Just two for today–the Brown Thrasher that Max and I saw while out for a walk. The bit of fluff showing on its back on the left makes me wonder if it’s a young bird.

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The thrasher is looking more intense in this photo!

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Saturday Assortment

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Gloriosa lilies first today. Here are a group of lily plants growing up against my side of the fence. (My next door neighbor has lilies on her side of the fence too, but hers haven’t grown as much as mine yet.) The lily plants cling to the fence and they’ll eventually cover the area with flowers. This year one giant lily plant came up–it’s taller than I am already and still growing!

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The big anole in the area around the gate has become very used to me and the camera, and he sits nicely for photos.

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Displaying his dewlap here.

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Over on the side of the house I spotted a couple of anoles. This one is a little female.

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And another male showing off.

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Anole peeking over the top of the fence.

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Vine stretching up over the fence toward the sky.

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And last for today is Max, cuddling up with a soft fleece throw.

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