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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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Friday Sunset

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A fiery sky at sunset this evening.

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Palm trees on the right, in front of the streaks of red/orange.

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Tall pine trees silhouetted against the sunset sky.

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Tiny Toads on Thursday

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We suddenly have tiny toads hopping everywhere in the yard. All the rain we’ve had lately may have had something to do with their appearance! The toads are so small that when I first saw one, I thought it was an insect or spider. I scooped up a couple of them and took a few photos.

Two tiny toads near the end of a ruler. The bigger toad is probably 1/2 inch long; the smaller one maybe around 1/3 of an inch.

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The two toads by the ruler again. The white specks on them are grains of sand from the area where I found them.

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Tiny toad with a penny.

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