Thursday, February 3, 2022

Crops & Clips: Flashback to February, 2019

Each month I enjoy looking back over my archived photos, taken three years previously, to remember how things were then and what I now am missing this month in our new Connecticut  home.  As usual, I 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 at home in south Florida. 

On February 2, a male Northern Cardinal posed amid sun-dappled foliage:

A Palm Warbler struggled with a very large caterpillar:

This Great Egret  was just landing in the wet prairie:

A male Pileated Woodpecker was drumming on a utility pole:

A Ruby-throated Hummingbird claimed this blooming Firebush (Hamelia patens) as its own and drove off any visitors:

The larger male of this pair of Mottled Ducks, in the foreground, has darker plumage and a bright greenish-yellow bill. That of the female is more orange and smudged with dark areas.

This Black-and-White Warbler is a male, as evidenced by bolder marking with dark mask and cheeks:

On February 9 at the local Bald Eagle nest, one of the two eaglets begs from the male parent (Pride) while the female (Jewel) is feeding the other:

The Wood Storks had returned for their third breeding season at  the Orange Road Rookery in Weston, Florida:

A Loggerhead Shrike permitted a fairly close approach. They can be skittish:

Killdeer in a grassy roadside spot::

Virginia Opossum crossed the path up ahead:

This large Green Iguana turns orange during breeding season:

A male Yellow-throated Warbler shows off his namesake field mark:

Monarch Butterfly on Bidens alba. Remarkably, this tiny flower is the greatest wild source of nectar in Florida (Cultivated citrus is #1 overall):

The eaglet picked up a lump of sod from the nest lining. The adult male seemed displeased and retrieved it:


An adult Yellow-bellied Sapsucker tended its sap wells on our back yard Mahogany tree:

Cattle Egret with Longhorn calf. Cattle have since been removed from this pasture and it is being turned into a parking lot for boats and RVs:

Nuptial  display of Yellow-crowned Night-Heron:

This one was looking for sticks. He found one and presented it to his mate at the nest:


 

Halloween Pennant:

Clouds and their reflections framed this view of the canal:


The setting Snow Moon was twice reflected on the still surface of the lake:


Linking to:



Skywatch Friday

Weekend Reflections

Saturday's Critters

BirdD'Pot

All Seasons

Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday)

Natasha Musing

Our World Tuesday

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

  1. What lovely photos you have to tuck into.
    I have trouble looking at photos of our previous home (the cottage, for 50 years), it's tough such change.

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  2. Hard to pick just one or even two..Wonderful series of beautiful photographs..Love the Heron coming in for a landing, the hummer,and the night Herons..and as always ..the sunsets..Thanks for sharing!! Stay warm..January was awful..

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  3. Always enjoyable to see the look backs you present, Kenneth.

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  4. Just beautiful! Ken, I love your pictures. I had to smile about the cattle egret. I know these birds from Andalusia, but have never seen them together with cows. The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron is a gorgeous bird!
    Have a nice weekend. Elke / Frankfurt-Germany

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  5. You have some great archives!! I love the last two shots, especially the very last.

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  6. What an unusual and beautiful sky shot. Wonderful cloud layers on the top and bottom of the photo. Great capture!

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  7. Thank you so much for your excellent bird photos. Never tire of seeing the eagles, and their family.

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  8. You have so many fine shots that I don't know what to say. I particularly admire the eagles and the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.

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  9. Hello Ken,
    Your photos and birds are all gorgeous, it is too hard to pick a favorite. I loved them all. It is cool to see the Night Heron displaying the lovely feathers. Great critters and lovely skies. The reflection on the canal and the moon shot are beautiful. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your new week ahead. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

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  10. Thanks for sharing this week at I'd Rather B Birdin'!

    Extraordinary archive photos. Of course my favorite would have to be the YC Heron in courting stance as I've not seen that in real time!!

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  11. Yet another outstanding series of flashback photographs, Ken!

    That sequence of the Yellow-crowned Night Heron is simply marvelous!

    Looking at your images makes me wish I was in Florida - oh, wait.

    Take good care!

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  12. As long as you have a good medical team, you are safe without any worries! You must miss the eagle pair. Are you getting used to the constant cold there, or are your daily walks on hold? Emille

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  13. Wow! The night heron looks absolutely ready for a hot date! GREAT shots, all of them!
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2022/02/alter-egos.html

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  14. You have an outstanding collection of photos from which to choose.

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  15. Marvelous photos! It is hard to pick a favorite.

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  16. Such beautiful memories from those Florida days. I have to say, you presented the most spectacular photos while living there. Connecticut is such an adjustment from those days when nature lived so spectacularly almost on your doorstep. Nature lives spectacularly in Connecticut also, so I'm sure you'll warm up to the differences when spring shows its lovely face.

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  17. Fantastic creatures, as I always find here!

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

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