Out Parked by a Pileated Woodpecker

We’ve all been through it. Find a parking space, all clear, all yours. Prepare to move in, and some wild guy rushes in ahead of you. But today, on Sanibel, some one rushed in right over me.  Landed right in front of my car. About three feet from my bumper.

Not wanting to trigger parking space rage, I stay in the car and document the offense through my windshield.  But not satisfied with the quality of my evidence..WPiliatedWindshield3 Pretty soon he becomes careless and flaunts his dominance.  I quietly put down my window to get a few mug shots through the small space between the car body and the driver’s mirror.

WPiliatedHairFire WPiliatedLClose WPiliatedRCute After a while he flies, but lands close enough for a shot of him going about his business as if nothing had happened. WPiliatedVIf you encounter this wild guy give him plenty of space. He could peck the heck out you.

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What is on the dock this morning

We get so many great birds on our dock: eagles, great blue, green, tricolor and little blue herons, eagles, osprey, ducks, yellow crown night herons, and an occasional kestrel.

It is always fun to walk out first thing in the morning, to see who is visiting today.

Guess who dropped in

Well it isn’t a kestrel.

Making myself beautiful

Sprucing up for the photo shoot.

Is this my good side?

Is this my good side?

Or is the right profile better?

Or is the right profile better?

 

Why is he looking at me with a glint in his eye?

Why is he looking at me with a glint in his eye?

 

 

I see you, too.

I see you, too.

When vultures fly over me, I usually shake my fist and yell, “Not Yet!” But they are leaders in the art of locally sourced food, and it is nice to spend some quality time together once in awhile.

Redhead

Charlie Brown had his Little Red-Haired Girl.  We were fortunate to have this lovely redhead male visit for several days, a rarity for our backyard.

Resting in Circles

Resting in Circles

Stately Pose

Stately Pose

Rise Up

Rise Up

Staring Contest

Staring Contest

Field Goal

Field Goal

Cliche

Cliche

You can learn a lot more by searching the internet. I found this article especially enjoyable: http://www.audubon.org/birds-of-america/red-headed-duck.

At Home with the American White Ibis

I haven’t been out and about as much as I would like lately, so it is good I can find so much entertainment at home. We live on a lake, which is actually an 11-acre retention pond. Fortunately a lot of wildlife stops by.

This week, the most entertaining guests was a small group of American white ibises. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

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To learn more about the American white ibis, please visit: http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/white-ibis

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset Gathering at the Causeway

Every month or so, a group of us gather at the Sanibel causeway for sharing, caring, sunsets and fellowship. Click on any image to see a larger version.


We are members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, http://www.uucfm.org/.
Photos (c) John Swank.

Dynamic Dock Day: Part 1, Otters

We love having wildlife visit our dock in South Fort Myers. We have had a variety of critters over the years, but Sunday was special. First up were four otters, who were not at all concerned we were nearby.

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Have another minute? Here is a video of the otters in action

For Elaine’s fun blog including a narrative of this wonderful event see http://www.ewswank.wordpress.com.
Part 2 coming soon.