Something red

“RED” (Anything red,…)

Thursday Challenge is a place for photographic fun and learning. A theme is announced on this site each week. You may either take a new photograph related in some way to the theme or select one that you have taken previously.  If you wish to see all the red takes or join yourself, click here.

Autumn leaves on South Padre Island

Autumn leaves on South Padre Island

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Thanks to host Dale of spunwithtears

Wild Bird Wednesday -131

More from the December visit to South Padre Island, USA.  This island is located at the very southern most tip of Texas.  We visited nearby Brownsville to allow my husband to see if he could locate a buddy from his Army days.  No luck on the buddy but we did get to go through an immigration check point that was several miles within the border.  We had not crossed to border into Mexico.  Kinda strange to be asked if we are US citizens on a highway inside the US.  Sign of the times.

I have done my best to identify the birds but, please, let me know if any are misidentified.  Still working on focus with fast moving objects.  Birds are fast moving objects.

spotted sandpiper, South Padre Island

spotted sandpiper, South Padre Island

spotted sandpiper, South Padre Island

spotted sandpiper, South Padre Island

As I am a senior citizen the term old coot is now a common description of myself.  I do think this American Coot has its own kind of simple beauty.

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IMGP3874141203Avid birders will post the common moorhen.  I have not spent much time in the areas the common moorhen live so it was fun to see the antics of this breeding adult try to get the weed off of its back.

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After dunking and dunking several times the poor bird just gave up and started swimming.

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Finally the lovely common moorhen was able to rid itself of the weed.  Well, it basically just slipped off its back.

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Nearby was a moorhen displaying non-breeding coloring according to the Silbey Field Guide.  Well, the best I can tell.

common moorhen non breeding

To close today’s visit the last birds I will share are the mottled duck and Northern Pintail .  These birds were not close and lots of movement so I apologize in advance for the quality.

mottled duck male adult

Mottled Duck, with the yellow beak and eye markings per Silbey Field guide, anyway.

Northern Pintail

Northern Pintail

And here is a group doing some preening.  You might see a reflection of some of next weeks post in this last photo of the Northern Pintail.

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Make sure you visit all the wonderful birders over at Wild Bird Wednesday

Thanks to host Stewart M.

Thursday Challenge: TOYS” (Children’s toys, Playing,…)

Thursday Challenge is a place for photographic fun and learning. A theme is announced on this site each week. You may either take a new photograph related in some way to the theme or select one that you have taken previously.  That is the simple assignment from Dale this week.

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The doll is a respectable 58 years old this year.  The crocheted creche group is about 30 years old.  All have been played with many times.  Submitting for the Thursday Challenge.  Make sure you go visit all the folks that have shared their toys over at the Thursday Challenge.

Thanks to host Dale of spunwithtears

Wild Bird Wednesday – 130

So glad to be settling back in to a semi-normal routine.  I have missed my birding blog friends.  Our son’s girl friend’s dad is an avid birder!  I certainly enjoyed visiting with him at Thanksgiving.  Then he presented me with The Sibley Field Guide To Birds as a gift.  Yesterday and today I have been searching the book for the birds photographed on our early December trip to the Texas coast.  I would like to share a few with you.

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©  Janice Adcock

I was not certain if this was a plastic bag or a bird at first.  Had to use some zooming to determine.

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Snowy Egret ©  Janice Adcock

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Walkways and bird blinds for observation. ©  Janice Adcock

This lovely reddish egret was not the least bit happy about the wind causing such a bad hair day!

Reddish egret having a windy hair day.  And not happy about it, thank you!

Reddish egret ©  Janice Adcock

 Then I just was way too close for comfort!

Reddish egret in flight

Reddish egret in flight ©  Janice Adcock

Great Blue Herons were foraging, resting and flying about the birding area.

Waiting for a meal or just trying to stay warm?

Waiting for a meal or just trying to stay warm? ©  Janice Adcock

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron ©  Janice Adcock

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron ©  Janice Adcock

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Great Blue Heron ©  Janice Adcock

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron ©  Janice Adcock

Further along the walkway this bird was foraging in the grasses.

Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Heron  ©  Janice Adcock

Thanks for stopping by to catch up for a bit.  Do go see all the lovely birds at Wild Bird Wednesday

Thanks to host Stewart M.