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Old 01-06-2019, 01:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default The Birds and the Bees

Let me tell you about the birds:



and the bees:



and the iguanas in the trees:



that I saw when I visited my parents in Florida over the holidays this year.

Once again, we strolled around the local wetlands for about an hour each morning, taking pictures. If you're interested, please scroll down and have a look. I'll post more of my snapshots below.

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Here are some shots of Great Blue Herons in flight:







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Here are a few more shots of bees (which I took in areas where there were no birds)







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Just outstanding photo's, good eye for the subject.

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Default And More Iguanas

There are more iguanas than in previous years. Being herbivores, they don't bother the birds, and the iguanas have no natural predators. I'm told that unless there's a cold snap (which kills the iguanas), the wetlands managers periodically shoot several of them.




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Great shots Eric. Thanks for sharing!
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Default Chicks...

Most of the great blue herons have only just begun to make nests, but one pair already has two chicks:





...and sometimes, they look downright demented:



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Fantastic!
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Default ...and Ducks...

I saw mottled ducks, moscovy ducks, and blue-wing teals, as well as these black-bellied whistling ducks:



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Default ... and Geese

On my last visit to the wetlands, I saw a pair of Egyptian Geese. The male is in front, and the female is behind him. Shortly after I took this photo, they flew away.

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