I'll start us off with this one. These were taken from a bird blind in North Carolina. The owner of the property feeds the birds all sorts of wonderful treats and they come very close to the blind and perch on all sorts of beautiful perches he has. So, they were almost captive, but not quite.
Yes a Blanding's Turtle Lily, he just happened to pop his head up for a yawn actually. I figured since we don't have a wildlife caption thread... Id just throw it in here...couldn't help myself lol. To finish the caption in whole...if you caught a fish to small to keep for dinner you would have to toss it back in the water...the Turlte is suggesting I toss the small fish to him, and he is fully confident he would "catch it" in his mouth.lol
Burd, that's a rare catch...not the fish but the pix of the Turtle, lol. I get to watch the pros. on tournaments (perhaps), they quickly toss those little fish back into the water without admiring them. Pooouyeee!!!
Burd, I love the little goslings! They are so cute. I didn't have a clue what the other critter was. Glad you and Lily cleared that up. What a great catch! There was a Black-crowned Night Heron that would hang out on the end of my Sister's dock in Galveston when we were fishing. He knew he'd get all the little ones and he never missed. It was fun watching him scarf down those fish.
LOL! You actually made a vulture look cute. Hope he isn't eating that roof. I don't know about Turkey Vultures, but I read somewhere that Black Vultures are eating some type of roof material in several areas of the US and rubber tires in a park in Florida.
We've been feeding our 2nd Mama Robin mealworms since about June 15th which has helped her have 2 healthy fledglings that have survivedin her 2nd brood...Yay! Her 1st brood she only had one surviving fledgling/juvie...so feeding her mealworms which she fed 1/2 of them to her hatchlings/babies and when they got older she would come back and take away beakfuls of mealworms for the soon to be fledglings. Well, dad has been taking care of their youngest fledgling...now juvie and Mama has been showing the older one where to get the free mealworms.
Mama usually perches on the edge of the container when she eats...well, Jr has other ideas...LOL
Tehehehehe, I'm glad my coffee is brewing and not here at the PC desk. lol. Good ones Burd. Burn, I love that one of your song sparrow sniffing at its 'armpits' as well. lol,lol. What a way to start a morning. I love every minute of it, please keep them coming.
Margaret, We were on a phototour in Florence and Tuscany. This shot was in Florence of the Arno River facing away from the Ponte Vecchio. There are not many birds in Italy, but I found a few willing subjects. :)