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Family squabbles…

Not my family squabbles though, my family is blessedly free from squabbles.  Nope, this was the bluebirds having an issue over something yesterday.  I myself have been laying low, trying to finish a sewing project that I knew before I even started it that it would drive me nuts before I finished it, and I was right.  And while I was home sewing I figured I could make a pot of turkey soup, after all I was home., but that’s a mess all it’s own with no counter space or dishwasher.  And I’d been reading a book that had lots of old recipes in it, one of which was pop-overs, and I remembered we’d made pop-overs in junior high school home ec class, and they were good!  So I looked in my old Fanny Farmer cookbook and made those too, only they didn’t pop over!  Add glancing out the window as I work and noticing the bluebirds are back, so I pick up the camera which I’ve left at the ready, but I’m just in time for one bird to kick the other one out the door, so to speak.  these are my first pictures from yesterday, finishing with the feature photo, and then the one alone, but only for a moment, and they both were gone.

I’m in a frenzy to finish the sewing project so I can clean this tiny place up because my dearest friend is coming soon.  I don’t have to clean for her of course, but this little place is cute when it’s cleaned up, and besides, she might want to sit down and not sit on a pin cushion, which I did the other day.  Life will be perfect next week when this place is put back together and I will be taking my friend to visit the eagles, and owls, and sunsets galore!  Probably not sunrises though, because I am happy on my own in my little house, but it will be such a treat to enjoy my morning coffee with a friend…02-17-20squabble1

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Setting up housekeeping…

You definitely need to take anything I say about birds with a grain of salt.  I make a lot of assumptions and then find out that I’ve got it all wrong.  Several mornings in a row I noticed that by opening the blinds on the side window I’d caused a bird to fly out of the birdhouse.  And I thought that that bird was the Downey woodpecker who would immediately go to the palm tree where I could and did get his picture. 02-11-20woodpecker Not the bluebirds I’d hoped for thought, after all I’d read that the bluebirds were picky about how big the opening to their home is, for protection really, and that if you encourage them to nest in a box you’ve provided then you need to be prepared to have meal worms in your fridge for them.  That was pretty much what did the trick for me and made me decide that I didn’t want them to nest in my yard quite that badly.  But this little birdhouse has a history of having bluebirds in it, and although it meets none of the criteria I’ve read for bluebird houses they have nested in it before.  So I’d see a single woodpecker paying attention to it, and a single bluebird hanging around also, and thought that perhaps we had an odd couple in the neighborhood.  But yesterday there was much coming and going from the birdhouse, and it seems that a pair of bluebirds are at least trying to make it home.  I was shooting from inside the house, between the blinds, and through a very dirty window, which I have since cleaned.  I love when a photo op comes to you, so to speak.  I hope this works out and we get to see them raise a family.  I’ll try not to disturb them too much.02-11-20blurbord102-11-20blurbord202-11-20blurbord302-11-20blurbord402-11-20blurbord5Today I am better prepared to get both birds in focus in the same photo.  This ability escaped me yesterday…02-11-20bluebirds1

Aha, they came back!  Such sweet little birds…

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Two heads…

Two heads are better than one, or so they say.  But in this case they aren’t prettier.  It was a beautiful day today so while I was out I checked the rookery, just in case.  All was fairly quiet, and I answered some questions from a few people who were amazed to see this place.  Birds were flying in and out, mostly with twigs and branches to feather their nests, (I’m rolling my own eyes here).  But for the most part birds are on the nests with their partners standing by.  Period.  Not a lot of action.  But these two were snuggling up together, I thought it was kind of cute.  I might have been a little jealous…

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The next best thing…

The next best choice from the point of view of not having to travel for the sunset, is Hudson Beach.  Probably 3 miles up Rt. 19.  And it has the advantage of a couple of different angles to bring elements into your photos.  And If I wanted to I could sit at Sam’s Beach Bar and take my pictures while I have a beer.  What more could I want?02-10-20HBsunset502-10-20HBsunset402-10-20HBsunset302-10-20HBsunset202-10-20HBsunset1

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Keeping watch…

I met a new-to-me photographer at the rookery the other day.  Stuart, who doesn’t put his photos on Facebook but does have them in a gallery in Dunedin.  When I saw him standing on his ladder with his lens trained on the birds I got excited that maybe some chicks had begun to hatch, but no such luck.  He pointed out the same egret nest with eggs, and now I realize it’s not just me, neither of us saw any other eggs present.  He was interesting to talk to, and said that he saw a spoonbill at this rookery the other day.  It may just have been passing through since it didn’t stop for pictures, but now I”ll be on the lookout for them just in case.  I asked if he’d seen the alligator there and he had, two of them he said.  They’ll be around once there are chicks present, he said, circling below in case someone falls out of the nest.  Real life is definitely not a Disney movie.

Stuart’s specialty is birds in flight, which is really tough most of the time.  And he doesn’t like wood storks, which made me laugh because that is the majority of the birds at this rookery.  He mostly likes the Great Blue Herons so I told him he needs to take a trip to the Venice rookery to see them nesting in large numbers.  It’s fun to exchange information with another photographer who spends most of his days out taking pictures.  Even if  only because it makes you feel less like an odd ball.02-08-20woodstorkwet02-08-20woodstorks102-08-20woodstorkwet02-08-20mirrormirror02-08-20egrets

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Homegrown sunset…

It feels a little like cheating, to go out for the sunset in my own neighborhood, instead of driving to more scenic spots for the sunset I mean.  But the reflections were pretty so I was glad I came out, even if it was 20 degrees colder than the night before and I didn’t think the colors would get much prettier than the feature photo. 02-07-20homesunsetreflections

I retreated to the car to get warm, and that’s when I noticed the color in the sky to the east.  And the flocks of birds that were racing across the sky, heading south.02-07-20homesunsetbirds.jpg

And the clouds must have parted because now I was seeing the moon.02-07-20homesunsetmoon.jpg02-07-20homesunsetreflect2.jpg

I know better than to give up on the sunset too soon, but for some reason I left shortly after I took the above picture, and in the time it took to drive a few blocks to my house this happened.02-07-20homesunsetstreet.jpg02-07-20homesunsetstreet2.jpg

The sky to the east was still spectacular.02-07-20homesunsetstreet3.jpg

I guess I feel like I should have something ‘better’ in my photos than a simple mobile home park.  Maybe that’s why it feels like cheating if I don’t drive 45 minutes to find just the right spot.  But Mother Nature doesn’t discriminate, fancy or humble she puts on the same show for us all.