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SUNDAY BIRDS
self | April 22, 2012 | swampsniper

Posted on 04/22/2012 3:47:15 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER

More from the rookery.

GREAT EGRETS AND WOOD STORK

GEAT EGRET


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: bird; florida; photo

1 posted on 04/22/2012 3:47:16 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
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pinglist


2 posted on 04/22/2012 3:48:33 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Beautiful! Put me on the ping list, please.


3 posted on 04/22/2012 4:09:31 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Oh my gosh! You’ve already gone out, took these pictures, and posted them? They are beautiful. (I’m still in my PJs.)

Good Sunday morn to you.


4 posted on 04/22/2012 4:16:04 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Not today, couple of weeks ago.


5 posted on 04/22/2012 4:31:32 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: expat1000

Done!


6 posted on 04/22/2012 4:32:00 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Beautiful birds! Thanks for posting these.


7 posted on 04/22/2012 4:38:01 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Ping, please. Thanx!


8 posted on 04/22/2012 4:47:22 AM PDT by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

What a treat to see. Thanks!


9 posted on 04/22/2012 4:55:01 AM PDT by Pat4ever
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Whew! I feel much better now. I’m dressed for church and ready to leave now, but you got me going, at least.


10 posted on 04/22/2012 5:12:11 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Great Shots!


11 posted on 04/22/2012 5:19:45 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Beautiful! Thank you.


12 posted on 04/22/2012 5:32:22 AM PDT by Dinah Lord
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

So beautiful. How far is the rookery from your place, and how did you come upon it, if it is not nearby?!

May God continue to bless and keep you.
Tatt


13 posted on 04/22/2012 6:43:27 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thanks for the ping SWAMPSNIPER. Enjoyed.


14 posted on 04/22/2012 6:58:35 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

T^hank you! Beautiful shots.


15 posted on 04/22/2012 7:04:01 AM PDT by squarebarb
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Beautiful. I lived in Florida for a few years and it really is gorgeous once you get away from the tourist traps and suburbs, although I never did get used to the snakes and gators.


16 posted on 04/22/2012 7:10:50 AM PDT by Celtic Cross (The brain is the weapon; everything else is just accessories. --FReeper Joe Brower)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Love, love that second shot. Perfect exposure and composition.


17 posted on 04/22/2012 7:13:13 AM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: thesearethetimes...
I'm about 15 miles from it, this rookery is over the gator bayou at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. They are wild birds, and they didn't start nesting there until the gator farm added the swamp exhibit. At that time the gator farm folks realized just how much good they had done and they've improved the exhibit every year. The birds feed in the swamps, bays and marshes all over this area. Some birds, the storks and roseate Spoonbills, were in trouble and very seldom seen in this area. I believe that the gator farm gave them the foothold they needed to regain breeding viability.

There are some real tourist traps around here but the gator farm is solid gold, one of the best zoological parks to be found.

You can find rookeries almost anywhere that gators are plentiful and there are enough good sized trees.

The birds instinctively know that the gators will keep tree climbing predators away from their nests.

People who gripe about gators don't realize just how vital they are to many other species.

18 posted on 04/22/2012 7:23:44 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Celtic Cross

You just weren’t properly introduced!


19 posted on 04/22/2012 7:27:02 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thank you and God bless you for using your gift of vision from God to share these gorgeous images with us as we give Glory to God this day for all good things.


20 posted on 04/22/2012 7:50:42 AM PDT by TEXOKIE
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21 posted on 04/22/2012 7:54:02 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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Just Beautiful!!! Thank you, SWAMPSNIPER


22 posted on 04/22/2012 9:06:11 AM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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You spoil me, Swampsniper! Beautiful pictures... thank you for such beauty on this rainy, dreary day. Hugs, Mom


23 posted on 04/22/2012 10:55:44 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thank you!! Beautiful as always.


24 posted on 04/22/2012 12:05:19 PM PDT by berdie
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Beautiful...so clear and delicate like the finest lace.

Just breathtakingly lovely picture. Thank You.


25 posted on 04/22/2012 8:35:00 PM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Okay SS. Stop taking such excellent photos. You're giving me an inferiority complex. And that will make me do something stupid to compensate. Like buy another ........ Fender© Guitar :-)

My Camera gear is all set, thanks to you and the info and knowledge on Digital SLRs you've shared. I just need some of that weather 'up here' called SPRING!

BTW, You know I'm just kidding you. Love all your photos. I especially like the bottom one. That little bit of green by his eye and beak 'makes it'.


I have two main hobbies; Photography and playing my electric guitars. Which one I do depends on the weather. Plus I'm 'X Times' better at Photography as I've been at it way longer. [FReeping doesn't count as a hobby, that's an addiction]

26 posted on 04/23/2012 5:10:03 AM PDT by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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The green lore indicates full breeding readiness, all the hormones are hot to trot. The lore and feet on Snowy Egrets turn crimson. I’ve seen birds display breeding activity where the color change wasn’t obvious but not often. They might have been immature birds just going through the motions.


27 posted on 04/23/2012 5:41:22 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Lovely!


28 posted on 04/23/2012 12:50:48 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (I have a very firm grasp on reality! I can reach out and strangle it any time!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Catching up. Beautiful! Thank you.


29 posted on 04/23/2012 5:57:30 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Sorry for the late reply... but that the alligator factor is something I never considered, but it is so obvious!

We live on the marsh up here, and the bad news is we have no rookeries within sight, but I guess the good news is that we CURRENTLY have no gators nearby, (we did have a gatormom on a back corner a few years back - for a few weeks, we heard the distinct “peeping” of gatorbabies!) And last year, we did have a near 5 footer take a break by our backyard fountain, before passing on through : |

Life with nature is ALWAYS an adventure, and we really appreciate your documenting it in such beautiful pictures :)

May God bless and keep you and yours.
Tatt


30 posted on 04/25/2012 6:53:41 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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