Drifting on Still Water~

Lovely swans, beautifully captured! The black swan is exceptionally striking, with that reddish beak. Black and red – my favourite colour combination!
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“But now they drift on the still water,
Mysterious, beautiful,” WB Yeats

Swans swim,

in synchronized,


silhouettes.


Mama delicately rolls her precious eggs,


to keep them evenly warm,

and plucks her feathers to tuck them in.

Black swan,

slides in singular grace,


while Narcissus is bewitched by his own reflection.
Cheers to you from European swans in springtime~

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Saker Falcon~

Falcons and other raptors are fascinating birds. Predatory and beautiful!
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Saker Falcons live in Austria, Eastern Europe and Asia, including Russia.

They are considered an endangered bird due to rapid population declines in their Asian breeding grounds.

They are a large falcon species,
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that prey mostly on rodents and other birds.

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Sakers often hunt horizontally like Kestrels, not vertically like Peregrines.
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I watched a Saker swoop down on an unsuspecting pigeon, but my presence, in response to the pigeon cries, called off the hunt!
Cheers to you from the remarkable and endangered Saker Falcons~
(Note: These photos were taken in raptor reserves in Europe)

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Curious Kestrels~

Kestrels are beautiful birds – the smallest members of the hawk / falcon family!
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Are rare for me to find.


This pair was mating on the rooftops in Alsace France.


Kestrels are a type of falcon that live all over the world.


These were photographed in Canada and France.

Kestrels will hunt and nest in populated areas if prey is available.


They don’t bother building their own nests, preferring to steal other bird nests!


They often hover in mid-air over prey, before dropping to consume them.

Cheers to you from the quite handsome French & Canadian Kestrels~

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Blumen Baden~

Cindy went tip-toeing through the tulips and shared these lovely photos. Beautiful!
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Baden-Baden’s spring bloom is just beginning.

The tulips on the Lichtenthaler Alle,

a strolling avenue and park,

that follows the River Oos,

are beginning their splendid spring bloom.


The park,

created in the 19th century,

is a wonderland of exotic plants and flowers.

Cheers to you from Baden-Baden’s glorious alle~

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Mandarians in Baden-Baden~

Beautiful Mandarin ducks – lovely to see!
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These guys weren’t part of my plan for the day!


I was going to show you Baden-Baden,

but the Mandarins got in my way!

Why are Mandarin Ducks swimming wild in Germany you may well wonder?


Although Mandarin Duck populations are dwindling in their native Russia and Asia, some escapees from captivity are breeding in the wild in Germany and The UK. I happened upon these guys today on the Oos River in Baden-Baden Germany.


So, it is cheers to you, and Happy Spring, from the gorgeous Mandarins in Baden-Baden Germany~

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FEEDING DONE………NAP TIME

You know that spring has sprung when Nature’s little ones make their appearance. These are some lovely, tranquil photos of a mother bear with her cub.

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HOW TO GET A HUMMER TO LAND ON YOUR FINGER

I don’t use a feeder as large as this, but I have had the pleasure of hummers landing on the feeder while I was hanging it, and have held one in my hand twice. Such charming, lovely little critters!
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I’ve noticed that the Hummers go into a feeding frenzy near sunset.I suspect they do it at sunrise too but I’m too lazy to find that out?

I wondered If I could get one them to land on my finger? Hummers have to be one of the most skittish creatures out there! The slightest movement can make them take off in a blur!

So I tried to think of a way I could get one these beautiful creatures to land on my finger?Holding ones arm out is difficult after a few minutes.So you need a brace for your arm.I used a monopod but you can use a tripod or a pole.

I’ve noticed over the last few nights that they go into a feeding frenzy around 7:45pm.So I set up some lights for filming earlier & waited.

Once I saw them starting to “flock”I turned on the camera & placed…

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Kotor Montenegro~

Some lovely scenery for Monday – thank you for sharing these lovely photos of your travels, Cindy!
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If ‘beauty is truth,


and truth beauty,’


both can be most perfectly seen,


in age,

and innocence.


Kotor Montenegro possesses both the beauty of age,

and the appeal of innocence.


It seems unspoiled by the modern world.

Staying here one feels removed from the stress and strife of our messy contemporary lives.


Cheers to you from beautiful Kotor Montenegro~

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Flown Away~

Springtime calls for migration…even amongst we human beings! Cindy is visiting Greece and points further East – I can’t wait to see photos of her destinations!
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Yep, we just did it again. It seems as as normal as staying home.There is so much to miss leaving The Holler.

The year round Holler hummers are brave in an non-conformist way, they choose not to migrate thousands of miles across the Gulf of Mexico, but to stay year round with us at The Holler, despite winter temps that frequently fall well below freezing and could easily kill them.

Other migrating travelers visit us seasonally.


There are four hummers that lived at The Holler year-round this year. These are two of them. They rely on our feeders and bugs to keep them alive year round.

Now we have flown off before the full complement of spring unfolds, missing all The Holler spring has to offer. Don’t worry, family remain at The Holler while we are away, to take care of all our critters including the birds.


I look forward…

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Spring Fever~

Spring is springing…it is just around the corner! These flowers are as eager for Ostara as I am. Beautiful!
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Thousands

of ranunculus


bloom in early spring.

Capturing light.


Creating hope.

Bringing happiness,

on fragile petals.


Spring cheers to you,


from the Carlsbad Ranunculus fields~

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