Thursday, February 4, 2021

Crops & Clips: Flashback to February 2018

I combed the photo archives taken three years back and searched for images which reflected favorite memes: critters of all kinds (especially birds), skies and clouds, reflections, flowers and fences, as well as scenes which speak for themselves. We spent the entire month of February, 2018 at our home in Florida and processed 409  images. 

On February 1, as we entered the Wounded Wetlands we encountered a confrontation between a Northern Mockingbird and an American Kestrel which had stolen its perch. The mockingbird actually succeeded in chasing off the kestrel:

The kestrel retreated to a cluster of Royal Palm fruits:

In the rookery, badly damaged by Hurricane Irma, a single Yellow-crowned Night-Heron roosted on one leg:

Nearby, a Green Heron:

The local Bald Eagle male (Pride) tended to his 19th known progeny (" P Piney 19"):  

With three birders from New Jersey whom I got to know on the Internet, I visited Shark Valley in Everglades National Park. A Black-crowned Night-Heron posed nicely:

The park was rich in bird life. From the trail along the canal we watched waterbirds preying on the plentiful fish:

This female Anhinga speared an exotic catfish and swallowed it whole:

A Great Blue Heron caught and ate a Walking Catfish:

An American Alligator basked along the canal:

Out on our Wounded Woodlands, a Bobcat watched an unaware young lady on a bicycle, followed by her dog:

She stopped to use her cell phone, but the Bobcat was now more interested in what I was doing:

A Red-shouldered Hawk balanced in the wind:

Egyptian Geese flew over:

Two Egyptian Geese near the barrier rail fence along the Road to Nowhere:

A pair of Mottled Ducks reflected on the calm surface of the lake:

Monarch butterfly on Lantana:

A boy and his dog in a kayak on a fog-shrouded morning:

Just after sunrise on February 12:

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Linking to:

Fences Around the World

Nature Thursday

Skywatch Friday

Weekend Reflections

Saturday's Critters


Camera Critters

All Seasons

Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday)

Natasha Musing

Our World Tuesday


Please visit the links to all these posts to see some excellent photos on display


  1. Your photos remind me of how much I miss Florida. Thanks for sharing them.

  2. A great, interesting and wonderful post with the memories of 2018!
    Thanks for showing us at the "Nature Thursday!"
    best regards

  3. The kestrel is such a handsome bird. Love the shot of the kayak in the mist, and beautiful sky captures!

  4. Wow! what a series. Loved each and every entry

  5. I do not think my comment went through Kenneth so here goes again. You have indeed spoiled us once again with your wonderful photography. Love the Herons, the beautiful reflections adn those geese in flight are fabulous. I alos love the moody foggy image. it is very atmospheric. Have a great weekend

  6. Greetings and Salutations! Those last three images took my breath away.

  7. Hello,
    Awesome capture of the Kestrel. I love all the herons and the geese flying over. Cool sighting of the Bobcat. I remember seeing a lot of gators in the Everglades. Pretty sky images. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

  8. Wow amazing pictures. Really well done!

  9. truly amazing shots. loved each one of them.

  10. The bird closeups are always so amazingly beautiful, Kenneth, but of course the sunrise was stunning as well. It was amazing to see those shorebirds devour their prey as I have only een blue herons with much smaller captures.

  11. Love that close-up of the Egyptian geese in flight! Of course all your photos are treasures.

    Thanks so much for having us at I'd Rather B Birdin' share in your area of the bird kingdom.

  12. Hi Kenneth! :) What an amazing photo of the female Anhinga with a fish! The eyes of the Egyptian Geese are mesmerizing...and that alligator, yikes! :) The sky photos are beautiful! You're so talented, I love visiting your blog! :)

  13. I kept picking new favorites as I scrolled down. Excellent photos!

  14. Beautiful capture of Butterfly hovering on Lantana bush. It would be my pleasure if you share you post on my link up party Garden Affair where you can share pertaining to gardening, nature and wildlife

  15. A marvelous series of photos!
    Thank you for joining us this week at

  16. Love the photos of birds in flight and the capture of the ducks and their reflections is just amazing!! Thank you and have a great week!

  17. You should work for National Geographic!

  18. Would love to see a Bobcat - truth be told I'd be pretty happy to see most of what's in the post!

    Hope all is well.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  19. The first Anhinga ready to swallow the catfish is an amazing capture, Ken. And the Anhinga is such a beautifully colored bird! These skies are so uplifting - beautiful! Looking through your archives paid off for All Seasons! Many thanks, Jesh

  20. At first I thought that the kestrel was perched on an Agave plant but thank you for showing the zoomed out version brother Kenneth, it was so up high! Love the heron photos being in Action! Stay safe and happy brother

  21. I always intend to pick a favorite but, by the time I get through them all, I just can't decide!

    I'm so glad to see you at 'My Corner of the World' this week!


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