Week #32 challenge is Birds with brown feathers. This can be a splash of brown or brown all over! Many “girl” birds are brown whereas their more colorful boyfriend flashes his “Liberace” colors!
Seems like everyone had fun with the “out of the box” challenge. There were some great moon shots!
The feature image of a Roseate Spoonbill was taken at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge a couple of weeks ago.
Dabbling ducks is what came to mind when I set this challenge. They frequent ponds and shallow water for tasty vegetation. Among these ducks are American Black Duck, American Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, Mallard, Mottled Duck, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler and Wood Duck.
The Cinnamon Teal was seen south of Jacksonville near Cape Canaveral at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge (2 1/2 hour drive one way). The Canvasback was spotted in the pond adjacent to the St. Marks Lighthouse at the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge near Tallahassee, Florida (3 hour drive one way) which is west of Jacksonville.
Tweety was in full photography mode while posing upon the driftwood sculpture that Frank had built in one of the flower gardens. Tweety was so photogenic and gave us many days of pleasure photography him.
As the sun went down, our moods went up! A beautiful sunset over a body of water always does the trick. This fabulous sunset created a euphoria to end a great day of birding at Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Red-bellied Woodpeckers are so acrobatic they could be in the circus. As they forage around for insects in trees as seen in the top photo captured at St. Marks Wildlife Refuge near Tallahassee, Florida.
What a challenging year 2020 was in many respects. I began my year with a birding blog on January 5, 2020 called “Today is for the Birds” with great excitement because I had just written my first guest blog with Jacksonville Business Connections through my job titled “Unlock the Bird Lover in You for 2020”. Little did I know that it wouldn’t last.
Week #30 challenge is Birds starting with a “C”. As long as one of the words in the title starts with a “C” it is good to go. Like Double-crested Cormorant which could also work for the “D” challenge in a few weeks.
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