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I spotted several small flocks of American White Ibises in the last two weeks.  Here are some of the views of the big white wading (and lawn) birds!  Ibis like rooting around in freshly mown lawns to seek out insects, worms, and grubs.  They also will wade in shallow water to get aquatic snails or other small water insects to eat.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger photo.  Enjoy!

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This adult American White Ibis was seen perched briefly in the Pine Tree across the street from my home on Monday, June 29, 2015.  The smart bird sought the protection of the Pine when it heard a peal of thunder!  The Ibis had likely recently been in the rainfall retention basin below that very tree, and hunting for insects or worms,  before the booming began.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Yesterday afternoon I spotted what is likely an immature Cooper’s Hawk.  I think this bird has been around the neighborhood for a few months now.  We had a tremendous thunderstorm earlier in the morning so there is now a bit of water in the basin across the street from my home.  This bird was first seen on the lawn at the side of the basin and then in a low tree at the far end of that same basin.  After a brief minute, the hawk flew away.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

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I saw a flock of American White Ibises in a small park along the shoreline of a very small lake a few days ago.  Now, seeing Ibises near a lake or in a park here in Florida is really, no big deal.  I was absolutely thrilled, to spot another small group of Ibises hunting for bugs in the grass at the side of our now dry, rainfall retention pond here on my own street!  By the way, the Ibises that have brown streaks are older juveniles which are in the process of turning from cocoa brown to mostly all white!

There was also a unique back story to the Ibises being on my block here.  I had heard a commotion among the throng of Crows and went outside to see what was going on.  I spotted not only the Ibis flock, but there was a Turkey Vulture trying to get a drink of water from the little pool of rainwater left in the basin at that time!  It has been very hot here so I can imagine that the vulture just put up with the white birds, the black birds, and yes, that crazy lady with her camera!  A few moments later, the vulture flew off to parts unknown.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

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A Tri-colored Heron

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This Tri-colored Heron was preening its feathers on a scorching Florida afternoon.  I spotted the large wading bird on the shoreline of a small lake.  This bird looked and acted hot.  It also had rained quite a lot just before I arrived at the park where the lake is located.  I took the pictures on two occasions spread by several minutes as I walked around the park and back.

There were several different ducks, a few cormorants, and a egret or two along the sandy shores of the lake.  That is a pink fungus seen on the driftwood-like stump next to the heron.  Everything seems bright and colorful here in Florida!  I took the pictures on June 22, 2015.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger view of the picture.  Enjoy!

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This Red-bellied Woodpecker was hunting for insects, likely Ants, in the crevices of a low wooden rail fence at a small park I visited on Monday afternoon.  The birds and animals at this park, probably see people all the time, which is why the bird was so close to where the parking lot and people were on this occasion.

This bird was not in any way concerned about anything other than catching its meal!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger photograph.  Enjoy!

Northern Cardinal Cheer!

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This pair of nesting Northern Cardinals is such a happy addition to the neighborhood!  I love watching both the strikingly red male and the light rusty-tan colored female flit around the trees here.  They are getting their nest in order with the hen carrying small leaves, twigs, and soft spider webs to line the nest.  I love hearing the male sing, too!  Quite cheery!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger photo.  Enjoy!

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