Thursday, November 22, 2018

Crops & Clips: This week's clicks

A cold front delivered windy cold weather to south Florida. It got down to 58 degrees F (14.4 degrees Celsius) one morning. Although there was no danger of frostbite, I had to wear a jacket!

A trifecta of long-legged waders greeted us on November 19-- a Great Egret with Tricolored and Little Blue Herons adorned the top of a tree:

Great Egret Tricolored and Little Blue Herons 20181119

Earlier that morning, just at sunrise, I had encountered a large male Bobcat along the gravel path:

Bobcat COREL HDR filter 01-20181119

Bunting and Bobcat on the same morning walk-- what could be better? The plumage of a female Painted Bunting blended so well with the foliage that I had trouble seeing her in the viewfinder:

Painted Bunting 01-20181119

After the front passed on November 18 there were fair skies and still water before sunrise:

Pine Bank before sunrise 20181118

This is the view from the lakeside marsh as the sun touched the pine bank on the opposite shore:

Lakeside marsh after sunrise 230181118

The clouds were mirrored on the surface of the lake:

Cloud reflections 20181118

I briefly caught sight of a migrating immature Rose-breasted Grosbeak:

Rose-breasted Grosbeak immature 20181118

Male Boat-tailed Grackles congregated in a treetop:

Boat-tailed Grackles 20181117

In the rookery, the Yellow-crowned Night-Herons were developing golden crowns in preparation for the breeding season. Unfortunately, many trees which were blown into the canal by Hurricane Irma need to be cut and removed this week. I hope that some trees are spared for the herons:

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 20181114

A Great Egret perched in perfect morning side-light:

Great Egret 02-20181114

An acrobatic female Black-throated Blue Warbler plucked tiny insects from Ligustrum flowers:

Black-throated Blue Warbler female 01-20181114

At the local Bald Eagle nest, the pair had been gathering sticks and then took a break, roosting together on a nearby Australian Pine. The larger female (Jewel) is on the left. Her mate (Pride) looked her way...

Bald Eagles Jewel and Pride 03-20181117

...and began calling and spreading his wings:

Bald Eagles Jewel and Pride 04-20181117

Bald Eagles Jewel and Pride 05-20181117

Jewel's calls turned the performance into a duet:

Bald Eagles Jewel and Pride 07-20181117

Successful copulation followed:

Bald Eagles Jewel and Pride 09-20181117

Eagles Pride and Jewel matiing 01-20181117

Eagles Pride and Jewel matiing 03-20181117

Eagles Pride and Jewel matiing 04-20181117

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Linking to Misty's  CAMERA CRITTERS,

Linking to Eileen's SATURDAY'S CRITTERS,

Linking to SKYWATCH FRIDAY by Yogi, Sylvia and Sandy


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  1. Wonderful clicks

    Happy Thanksgiving, neighbor

  2. Fantastic report! The eagles are magnificent. Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Oh wow, what great shots of the Eagles and thanks for sharing them with us. Enjoy what is left of the week, Diane

  4. Outstanding clouds and their reflections!! Kudos!

  5. I love that shot of the bobcat, and beautiful sky shots. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. You really see everything on your walks - gorgeous wild cat, beautiful birds, and even bird sex

  7. What a collection of images you have. I have never seen a bobcat in the wild.

  8. I hope you had a great thanksgiving Day Kenneth. I flt I was out on this walk with you today and seeing all the things that u saw and photographed was wonderful. Great series of images of the Eagles. Have a great weekend.

  9. Hello, love the beautiful sky and scenic shot. The waders are awesome. Love the pretty Bunting and Grosbeak. The eagle series is amazing, great captures. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend! PS, thanks always for the comment on blog.

  10. It's been wonderful to have the cooler temps. I've been out a lot but not sure I want to see a Bobcat! It would be exciting though! We had 100s of Robins in our backyard and on the golf course on Thanksgiving morning! That was neat! Enjoy your weekend!

  11. Beautiful clicks. I've never seen the Yellow-crowned Night Heron or the Black-throated Blue Warbler. You get such perfect shots! Love the egret and the Eagles.

  12. O, alle you photos are beautiful. Thak you so much. My son (14) also enjoyed them.

  13. Beautiful reflections and amazing eagle shots!
    You'd probably have to wear a hat, scarf and gloves here. It's supposed to dip down to 50F over night. ;-)

  14. What amazing photos! You really captured every moment ;-)
    The cloud photo is particularly stunning.

  15. My goodness, what a lovely variety of scenery and critters!

  16. That is some loving Eagles


  17. Your photos are exquisite. What luck to capture the eagles mating.

  18. The cold and rain moved in here as well around Thanksgiving! So appreciate that we at All Seasons get to see landscapes of Florida not many know of. Awesome to see the whole process of the copulation of the eagles- what a duet! The little Grossbeak looks so cute. Many thanks for all these details, Ken. It makes your posts so interesting and educational!

  19. Thanks for being so patient with me while I was on a holiday break! I LOVE having you share your blog with us at I'd Rather B Birdin'!

    I do so love your eagles!


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