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Come A Little Bit Closer October 14, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor, Nature.

The best thing about our villa is that it backs up to a nature preserve.

With a profusion of birds of a feather flying in to flock together.

Wood storks, herons, egrets, ibis . . . and the occasional roseate spoonbill.

Did you see him . . . the lone spoonbill?  No?  How about now?

It helps if you look at the reflections in the water . . . see the pink.  There!

Can you see him now?

OK . . . I’m going to reward you for playing along.   No binoculars required.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Have you noticed the “Worth A Fly By” widget I added to SLTW’s sidebar?  

It’s a mini billboard on the cyber highway with automatic updates which   display and highlight posts we’ve enjoyed on cyber excursions.  Thanks WP!


1. Karen J - October 14, 2012

Very fun! That’s out your back door – how cool!

Happy Sunday 🙂

nrhatch - October 14, 2012

Thanks, Karen! It’s a delight to walk out on the back deck each morning and see what’s around . . . it could be otters, osprey, turtles, pelicans, cormorants, raccoons, anhingas, woodpeckers, ducks, geese, hawks, and/or flying fish.

The ever-changing kaleidoscope is always a treat. 😀

2. Crowing Crone Joss - October 14, 2012

what a view and how lovely that your truly enjoy it and make it part of your world.

nrhatch - October 14, 2012

it’s a special place, for sure.

BTW: Sorry I wasn’t here when you arrived, but I was over at your place enjoying your posts. 😀

Crowing Crone Joss - October 14, 2012

a swap visit, that’s what we had!!

nrhatch - October 14, 2012

Yes! It’s like a swap meet . . . only better.
No one heads home with more clutter.

3. Tammy - October 14, 2012

Great photos. Headed out on a hike to search for some of our own avian varieties.

nrhatch - October 14, 2012

Oh, I hope you spy some beauties!
Maybe a roadrunner or two?

**Beep Beep**

4. CMSmith - October 14, 2012

Beautiful birds. Thanks for the tip on the Fly by widget. I’ll have to give it a try when I’m back home with my computer. I have limited success trying things like that with my iPad.

nrhatch - October 14, 2012

Look for the widget that says, “Posts I like.” You can display as a list or a grid.

5. kateshrewsday - October 14, 2012

What a divine view, Nancy….and I love the spoonbill. Now there’s one who walks to the beat of his own drum.

nrhatch - October 14, 2012

It does!

BTW: Your illusion post would be on the “Fly By” roster . . . but WP will not let me LIKE your posts. I’ve even logged out and logged back in to no avail. 😦

kateshrewsday - October 14, 2012

How weird! I’ll go and upbraid the happiness engineers!! Thanks…

nrhatch - October 14, 2012

Let me know if there’s something I need to do from my end, Kate.

6. Tom (Aquatom1968) - October 14, 2012

That is a great view!

nrhatch - October 14, 2012

It’s a pleasure to wander out there and see what’s happening. Thanks for stopping by.

7. sufilight - October 14, 2012

Glad I didn’t use my binoculars and played along; it was a visual treat. 🙂

nrhatch - October 14, 2012

Yay! Glad you enjoyed, Marie. 😀

8. barb19 - October 14, 2012

You have the perfect view from you deck and I’m envious!
Is it unusual to see a spoonbill there? I saw one on my walk round the lake the other day – we get lots of water birds there but never ever seen a spoonbill before; he looked rather bewildered, like he was lost or something; wish I’d had my camera with me.

nrhatch - October 14, 2012

It is not unusual to see a couple of spoonbills a week on our lagoon . . . although they like other lakes in the neighborhood better. One day, we had 20-25 spoonbills hanging about directly opposite us. If only I had a decent telephoto lens. 😀

Maybe your little guy was lost . . . of course, they always look a bit bewildered. I think it’s the spoon-shaped bill that makes them look quizical.

9. aawwa - October 14, 2012

What a wonderful view!

nrhatch - October 14, 2012

Thanks, aawwa. The view sold us on this place.

10. jannatwrites - October 14, 2012

You have an awesome view! Our backyard view is of a two-story house. (I’m sure they thoroughly enjoy the view into our house when I bother to open the shades :))

I hadn’t noticed your new widget, but I have to say it looks nice on your side bar 🙂

nrhatch - October 14, 2012

Keep the shades drawn or the neighbors will spy on you as you sneak into the kitchen at night for ice cream. 😉

I saw the widget on a few other blogs ~ it’s fun to see what it pulls in. An ever changing kaleidoscope. Your balloons and chain saw post popped up there for a bit yesterday.

11. Booksphotographsandartwork - October 14, 2012

I like the long legged ones in the back, they are so funny. Of course the pink ones are nice too.

nrhatch - October 14, 2012

Those are the wood storks. In the air, wood storks are gorgeous. On the ground, they are comical.

As they walk on the grass, heads down, one following another, they resemble a line of Groucho Marx look-a-likes parading across a narrow stage, hands clasped behind their backs, rapidly walking to and fro.

All that’s missing is the cigar.

Booksphotographsandartwork - October 17, 2012

Oh now that would make a funny painting!

nrhatch - October 18, 2012

With or without the cigar! 😀

12. Patricia - October 14, 2012

Beautiful backyard you have there.

nrhatch - October 14, 2012

Thanks, Patricia. We were thrilled to find this place. The whole neighborhood is lovely, but I love backing up to the preserve.

13. Three Well Beings - October 14, 2012

How wonderful to be so close to the nature preserve! I would be most at home there! 🙂 The spoonbill is gorgeous! I’ve never seen one before. Great photos, Nancy! And the “Worth a Flyby” widget is really cool! 🙂

nrhatch - October 14, 2012

If ever you head cross-country, keep the Gulf Coast of FL in mind. It’s spectacular . . . and I’d love to meet you.

The new widget is a FUN way to highlight posts I’ve enjoyed. Posts don’t stay up there for long because I follow so many wonderful blogs.

14. Pocket Perspectives - October 14, 2012

Oh, what a beautiful sight…and from your deck? wow! And a bonus…it’s a nature preserve!
I like that fly by widget! I keep trying to simplify my side bar…and then I find some intriguing possibility like that fly by and off I go…adding something new! 😀

nrhatch - October 14, 2012

This area is chock full of nature preserves ~ Robinson, Neal, Emerson Point, Grassy Point, and Perico. Good for wildlife and good for wildlife lovers . . . like us.

I also added the “Top Clicks” widget . . . but I’m not sure it’s a “keeper.” In fact, I think I’m going to toss it right NOW.

15. colonialist - October 15, 2012

Definitely what Rosy ate – I mean, definitely roseate! A lovely shade, actually. And what a birdwatchers’ paradise to live in!

nrhatch - October 15, 2012

It is just that, Col! It’s hard to be out and about around here without bumping into a few of our feathered friends.

16. sweetdaysundertheoaks - October 16, 2012

Love your view! In more ways than one.. 🙂

nrhatch - October 16, 2012

Thanks, Pix. Love your comment . . . every which way but loose. 😀

17. Perfecting Motherhood - October 18, 2012

A roseate spoonbill, very cool! I’ve only seen a drawing of one in my kid’s book on animal habitats. I know they live in swamps but that’s about it.

nrhatch - October 18, 2012

They love being around water . . . so this area is perfect for them. And for me!

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