As we set out for our morning walk into the wetlands a half hour before sunrise, the SKY as seen from the back yard of our home is colorful. It even shows some green (December 5, 2012):
It is just an abandoned utility easement, but the rising sun touches its far reaches, adding depth and vibrant color to the humble scene:
Roseate Spoonbills have extended their stay on the lake:
A spoonbill forages with a White Ibis and a Great Egret...
...as well as with an immature Little Blue Heron:
The flock of American White Pelicans returns:
A Snowy Egret seems unhappy about the presence of an immature Little Blue Heron, drives it away, and then lifts off, its "golden slippers" trailing behind...
...as a Tricolored Heron arrives to take their place:
A Belted Kingfisher flies over the assembly, its rattling call echoing:
A soaring Short-tailed Hawk is on the lookout for small birds:
An immature Little Blue Heron occupies the "Enchanted Island" stump, providing a nice REFLECTION on December 9:
Another Little Blue Heron, in adult plumage, takes flight:
Not even half way through, I completed my search for all required memes with this image of a Cooper's Hawk occupying a FENCE, on December 12:
There is no shortage of CRITTERS in my December archives, but I cannot pass by this MACRO view of a Northern Mockingbird on a fence post next to our home:
Earlier in the month, on December 5, I obtained MACRO shots of two butterflies-- a Soldier...
...and a White Peacock:
In the back yard, two White Ibises hurry by, photo-bombing a Great Blue Heron:
The ibises "cross swords":
On December 27, the local female Bald Eagle is low in the nest, incubating:
The month's not over yet! Near Everglades National Park, on December 30, I catch a Vermillion Flycatcher on a barbed wire FENCE:
So, we close out the year with another visit to the eagle nest. Both adults are now spending much time peering down into the nest, suggesting that the first egg is hatching:
Success! I have now found photos to match each of these memes for all 12 months in 2012!.
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Linking to Misty's CAMERA CRITTERS,
Linking to Eileen's SATURDAY'S CRITTERS,
Linking to GOOD FENCES by Tex (Theresa).
Linking to WEEKEND REFLECTIONS by James
Linking to BirdD'Pot by Anni
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday by Stewart
Linking to I Heart Macro by Laura
Please visit the links to all these memes to see some excellent photos on display