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ROOKERY BIRDS
self | June 10, 2012 | swampsniper

Posted on 06/10/2012 7:34:22 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER

More from my Easter Day shoot.

The Roseate Spoonbills have gone from scarce to fairly common in recent years. This one was gathering Red cedar for nest material.

The little Snowy Egret was very carefully checking out eggs.

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

1 posted on 06/10/2012 7:34:27 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
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2 posted on 06/10/2012 7:36:28 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Even though I live in Fl, I enjoy your pics. Thanks!!


3 posted on 06/10/2012 7:38:18 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Beautiful, as always. How is your new eye? Still enjoying it? /silly questions. When is your next appointment? /not a silly question


4 posted on 06/10/2012 7:38:32 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Great shots, as always! :-)


5 posted on 06/10/2012 7:38:42 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: Jemian
I've got surgery set for the 19th, I can hardly wait.

With my right eye working 100% the left eye is an obvious drag.

I took the right lens out of my glasses but things are still unbalanced.

6 posted on 06/10/2012 7:42:06 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Outstanding photos. Love em.
Im recovering right now from surgey on my right eye for a detached retina. been 10 days and showing improvement every day. good luck to you Sir


7 posted on 06/10/2012 7:45:53 AM PDT by TLEIBY308 (Keep yer powder dry and watch yer top Knot.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thanks for starting off our Sunday so beautifully SWAMPSNIPER.


8 posted on 06/10/2012 7:56:39 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

Great start to the Sunday. Thanks, Swampsniper.


9 posted on 06/10/2012 8:13:54 AM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Amazingly beautiful creatures. Thanks for posting.


10 posted on 06/10/2012 8:15:19 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thank you for this gift of beauty, Swampy. The blush colored bird is my favorite. Are the eyes a pinkish red as well? Such a beautiful color. Hugs, Mom


11 posted on 06/10/2012 8:26:42 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: momtothree

Red eyes are standard equipment on some birds, with others the eyes change color in breeding season. It’s a deep ruby red, really intense.


12 posted on 06/10/2012 8:37:05 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

The bird is just beautiful. I have to laugh because I showed the picture to my six year old. She swears the bird is getting a sunburn. LOL!!


13 posted on 06/10/2012 8:44:36 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

More thanks to you, my FRiend!


14 posted on 06/10/2012 8:49:18 AM PDT by TEXOKIE
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To: momtothree
They get the pink color from iodine in the crustaceans they eat, same as Flamingos. On a poor diet they fade to white.

The Spoonbills and Flamingos feed by straining small crustaceans out of the mud. The beaks are highly specialized for it.

15 posted on 06/10/2012 8:50:31 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Lovely! Beautifulness! Looks like *tending the nest* is testament to *a woman’s work is never done.* :)


16 posted on 06/10/2012 8:51:09 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: momtothree
Red, and blue eyes.

Coopers Hawk Cooper's Hawk  Accipiter cooperii

Yellow Crowned night heron Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea

roseate spoonbill Roseate Spoonbill,  Platalea ajaja

white ibis, blue eyes White Ibis,   Eudocimus albus, Snowy Egret

17 posted on 06/10/2012 8:54:29 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: TLEIBY308
Went through the same surgery on my right eye two months ago.

I waiting too long after the detachment for surgery, and I didn't do a great job of staying on my belly during recovery.

I ended up buying a massage chair to sit in and do computer work. Well worth it.

Improvements are slow but continuous. Stay on your belly. Sleep a lot. Take care of yourself.

18 posted on 06/10/2012 9:16:06 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I love your pics! They are simply amazing. Thank you so much.


19 posted on 06/10/2012 9:48:59 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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20 posted on 06/10/2012 10:32:09 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Beautiful pictures as always!
The info on the birds,,,to quote Dr.Spock “Fascinating!”.


21 posted on 06/10/2012 12:55:39 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (My Governor's a JEDI, Wisconsin for the WIN!!!! June 5, 2012)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Hi Swampsniper,

Thank you SO MUCH for these great photos and so many others in the past! I always enjoy them.

Continued prayers for your second eye to come out as successful as the first (or even more so!).

God Bless you, Sir, and may He grant you enjoy many, many wonderful years with your improved vision.

And please keep sending us pics!!

Best FRegards,
Dayglored

22 posted on 06/10/2012 2:33:27 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Again, thank you!


23 posted on 06/10/2012 3:24:56 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Gorgeous and awe-inspiring, as always, FRiend.


24 posted on 06/10/2012 3:28:50 PM PDT by txhurl (Scott Walker is my President.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

So much dignified looking intelligence in the Roseate Spoonbill’s eyes. Amazing creatures!


25 posted on 06/10/2012 4:27:27 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Fantastic photos!

Sending prayers for your next surgery!


26 posted on 06/10/2012 6:03:36 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
You mentioned eye color. Cattle egrets undergo a change in eye color. Normally a cattle egret's eyes and beak are yellow even when the bird starts building nests and its chest, back, and crown feathers have turned from white to brown. Then, when it is the optimum time for breeding, its eyes turn red (whose eyes don't turn red at that time?). The lores turn purple, and the beak is red and yellow.

Here is a cattle egret in the brown feather, yellow beak, and yellow eyes phase. This one is from Lake Martin in Louisiana, and it is holding a stick insect. It played with the insect a long time, then finally dropped it in the grass and walked off. Does anyone know what kind of stick insect this is? Any help would be appreciated.

Here is a picture of a cattle egret in the brown feather, red eyes, purple lores, and red and yellow beak phase. This was taken at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm a few weeks ago.


27 posted on 06/10/2012 7:08:08 PM PDT by rustbucket
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thank You! They are better than ever. I imagine having eye surgery has made your outings fun again.


28 posted on 06/12/2012 7:33:18 AM PDT by Just A Reader
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To: JoeProBono

Where is the worm coming from?!!!


29 posted on 06/12/2012 7:35:22 AM PDT by Just A Reader
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