Now, on to the pictures for Friday Foto Friends! And when you are finished here with me, you can hop on over to visit Deb and our other friends at Breathing In Grace -Friday Foto Friends and see what they've been up to lately!
Since I am still so sleepy, I won't bore you with a lot of talk...(! Ha ), and just get on with the picture show: This first batch is from our lovely boat ride that we took earlier in the week with our neighbors. Our ride started at the Salt Springs Run, which led into Lake George, which then led into the St. John's River, and then back again. I have many more pictures than these, but if you are one of my Facebook friends you have already seen them. So here are a few of my favorites of some of the many beautiful water birds we saw along the way:
The first three pictures are pretty amazing. These two Giant Blue Herons were building their nest in the tip top of a very tall tree. The male heron was flying back and forth between two trees, gathering twigs and branches to build the nest. The female patiently waited in the nest for him to bring the supplies so that she could arrange them into a cozy nest for her upcoming family:
This next one is a pelican, sitting up on a post, watching and waiting for a fish to catch...Notice that he has a band on his foot...so apparently someone is watching him!!!
Here is another Giant Blue Heron, with his feathers blowing in the breeze, blending in with the Spanish Moss in the trees that is also blowing in the breeze:
This is a Muscovy Duck ( Click HERE For more info on this) I thought he was very pretty, but I didn't know they were considered a "nuisance"....He seemed pretty calm and peaceful sitting here on the bank of the river, minding his own business...
This is a Bald Eagle, which kept flying around above us, and finally landed in a tree so that I could get this picture! Thank you, Mr. Eagle! You are lovely!!!
So now, back to my back yard:
This huge Pileated Woodpecker was having his breakfast in our courtyard one early morning:
This tree is a dead holly tree, and all that is left of it is this trunk that the woodpeckers truly delight in pecking. Must be some really good bugs in there. We should cut it down before he pecks all the way through it, but I love seeing him come and enjoy himself.
Isn't he magnificent?
And here is the proud male Ruby Throat: (I'm sorry these are bit fuzzy, as it was dusk, and not good light...plus they are still a little shy around me and won't sit still for long)
I love watching these little beauties. I have two different feeders, each up close to my windows so I can observe them from inside the house. Once they get a little more settled in I will be able to get better pictures of them.
This feeder is in the Secret Garden, so I can watch them while sitting in the garden as well as from inside the house! So lovely!!!!
And this last picture doesn't have anything to do with birds, but I know many of you were disappointed with me that the little freeze we had a couple of weeks ago killed my wisteria blossoms....Well, here's a picture to show you that all was certainly not lost! Every day new luscious blooms appear! It's almost as if the freeze was good for them!!!
So this concludes the tour of the week...I guess you could say this was a week "for the birds"!