Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving

 Our back yard birds kept me busy. Some perched close by, as did this Northern Mockingbird, atop the "For Sale" signpost:

A Double-crested Cormorant climbed up on the goose decoy which serves as a float for the intake of our irrigation system...

...and spread its wings to dry:

The next day its turquoise-blue eyes glistened in the sunlight:

The immature Yellow-bellied Sapsucker made numerous visits to tend the sap wells on the trunk of our Mahogany tree:

Far across the lake, I obtained distant shots of three heron species in one frame, a Snowy Egret with Little Blue and Tricolored Herons:

A Great Egret flew in near the Snowy Egret:

I almost overlooked a Green Heron perched among the other waders:

Thankfully, I was feeling good and visited Chapel Trail for a second time this week. We had to kill time as our home was being inspected prior to sale. It was rainy and the light was very poor.  I captured fleeting images of only two species...

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher:

White-eyed Vireo:

An afternoon shower produced a nice rainbow over our lake: 

Clouds moved away to the east, over the ocean...

...and reflected the setting sun:

Just before Thanksgiving Day I received a copy of this wonderful documentary on Bald Eagles and other birds of prey in the USA. It was produced as part of a popular wildlife series for the Arab World. I was interviewed to feature our local eagle nest (beginning around 7:00 minutes). Though it does not have English subtitles, it has very informative segments (in English) on urban eagles, the place of eagles in Native American culture, Florida Audubon EagleWatch, the American Eagle Foundation and also falconry. The series attracts millions of viewers.

If you have trouble viewing it, please visit this link:

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Linking to:

Garden Affair

Skywatch Friday

Weekend Reflections

Saturday's 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. the birds are lovely but you always grab my attention with the skies - a rainbow, sunset, reflections - all so beautiful

  2. ...the Double-crested Cormorant on the goose decoy is a hoot. I hope that your are enjoying your Thanksgiving.

  3. The cormorant on the decoy should win an award! Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Your sunset photos at the end are wonderful.
    The cormorant on the goose decoy made me take a double take.
    I hope your house sale goes well.

  5. I was amused by the cormorant on the decoy. The video is interesting. I enjoyed seeing your part in it.

  6. Beautiful sunsets.Wonderful pictures..Love the Cormorant on the decoy with its wings spread..Great shot...Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving..

  7. Hello Ken,
    I am glad you are feeling good and getting outside. Love the Cormorant shots, the Tricolored, Little Blue with the Egret is awesome. Pretty closeups of the Gnatcatcher and the Vireo. The rainbow images are lovely. I hope the rest of the house sale and move go smoothly. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend! PS, thank you for leaving me a comment!

  8. I'm so glad you felt good enough to get out on the trails some this week. I know you love to get up close to the birds. Love seeing the rainbow and beautiful cloud formations. Hope everything goes well with the sale of your house. I am keeping you in my prayers.

  9. Beautiful cumulus and rainbow. We have a great blue heron up at the float cabin. He comes by to fish from our floating log boom around our water lots. I always see lots of small fish hiding in the shadows. - Margy

  10. Beautiful bird shots , The rainbow is looking stunning. Thanks for sharing with Garden Affair.

  11. Hi Kenneth! Lovely photos, I love that Cormorant. And what a beautiful rainbow!!

  12. The shots of the cormorant on the goose decoy gave me giggles and smiles! Thanks for making my day. Thanks also for joining us this week at

  13. Wow, there is so much to see in your back yard! Wonderful birds and names.

    Thanks for sharing your link at My Corner of the World this week!


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