Floridian trio ~ Mama Anhinga and her tots
Veteran boaters call the Anhinga “snakebird” because it swims submerged with only its neck and head undulating above the waterline like a serpent. The lack of waterproof plumage enables it to travel effortlessly underwater in search of fish, but for every advantage there is also a hitch. When soaked to the skin, the Anhinga looses body heat and must find a nearby perch to warm itself after feeding. With spread wings and fan-shaped tail feathers drying in the sun, the Anhinga earns its other nickname, “water turkey.”
I’ve got a lot to learn about these birds, but I do know this. Anhinga Motherhood isn’t for sissies.
Fall is my favorite season, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.
Hilarious, that David Letterman.
So is New Yorker artist Edward Koren on this 1988 cover.
I won’t be seeing most of my feathered friends for a while. Before they return, I have lots of Fall house cleaning to do.
Cleaning out birdhouses isn’t without surprises.
They’re filled with an assortment of grasses, twigs, leaves, feathers, and mosses and wildlife too small to see.
Mine are designed for Sialia sialis, the Eastern bluebird. Males and females arrive in spring, investigate two or three houses, and then the male steps back and lets the female decide where they will nest.
This summer, my blue beauties were driven out by tree swallows and house sparrows and wrens.
These birds never clean out the rubbish left by previous residents.
While they’re busy listening to their personal cassette players and falling from trees,
some of us have work to do.
Jen H. says the challenge this week is to share monochromatic images.
Be calculating and creative in choosing your subject and focal point; resist the urge to simply take a photo of something with a single color range. In a monochromatic image, a distinct point of focus, or focal point, is also a necessity.
So, here are my plumy pals.