Feathered Derrières for Sue’s Word A Week Challenge

This week, Sue has chosen the word “Behind” for her challenge, so I decided to give you a few behinds, discreetly covered by feathers. As always you can click on the pics to enlarge.

The Wood Stork has a short black tail poking out beneath his beautiful snow-white feathers.

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The gorgeous Spoonbill is modeling the very latest in rose pink ruffles.

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The Anhinga is just hanging out to dry.

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The Tricolored Heron is displaying his very best slate-blue feathered back view.

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Mr GBH really has quite a resplendent behind.

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Last but by no means least, is an audacious display of mooning by a very cheeky duck.  Bottoms up!

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To see more behind pics, just click here.

Relaxing at Wakodahatchee Wetlands……a feast for the eyes.

A couple of days ago, we took some time off from the painting and decorating at home, and spent a relaxing couple of hours at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands nature reserve, just a couple of miles up the road.

One of the first sights we came upon was a tree absolutely crowded with roosting Double-Crested Cormorants.

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It was a very warm sunny day, and this Anhinga was really amusing to watch, as it panted to keep itself cool.

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A little further along, we saw another, drying its wings in the sun.

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The White Ibis was foraging around in the reeds for snacks,

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as was the Great Egret.

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This Reddish Egret seemed to have a lot to say for himself.

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We caught a glimpse of shocking pink, and it was non other than a gorgeous Roseate Spoonbill.

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The Tri-coloured Heron was in the middle of a preening session.

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If I could do this, I could scratch my own back. What a contortionist! 🙂

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Finally, he was ready for his photo shoot.

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This pair of Mottled Ducks were just hanging out,

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whilst the Common Gallinule was having a swim party with the kids.

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The real highlight was spotting a huge Alligator, having an afternoon siesta. We trod very softly across the bridge, as we didn’t want to wake him.

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Little did he know, but only a couple of metres away, there was a fat tasty morsel just waiting to be snapped up.

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As we were nearing the end of our walk, we saw a Painted Turtle. I read up about it, and was amazed to find that these turtles have been around for 15 million years. It just goes to show that it’s possible to survive for a very long time if you have a hard shell, and can relax like this.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our nature walk together.  Have a great weekend.

This post is in answer to Ailsa’s Travel Theme, Relaxing. To see more entries, just click on the link.