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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Feathers & Fury~

The majestic beauty of the Harris Hawk, perfectly captured by Cindy! Thank you, as always, for sharing these treasures…sheer perfection!
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Talons & fluff.
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Soft yet deadly.
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Raptors are built,
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to rule the skies!
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Cheers to you from the high-flying Harris Hawks~

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Holler Blues~

I love jay birds…the smallest members of the family Corvidae. Cindy captured this friendly little guy perfectly!
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All Holler critters are ecstatic drought is done!
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California Scrub Jay is normally quite shy.
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But winter drought seed shortages,
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draw him close for Holler hand-outs!
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Giving us an up-close glimpse,
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of happy winter blues!
Cheers to you from The Holler’s joyful jays~

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THE ROYAL COUPLE

Majestic and regal…quite the stunners!
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Wave Chasers~

Some fun photos of sandpipers strutting their stuff in the surf…thank you, Cindy!
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Sandpipers play,

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chasing waves.
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They catch lunch,
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on the run.

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For sandpipers,

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life is always a beach!
Cheers to you from the lucky sandpipers at Moro Bay California~

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California Dreamin~

Some lovely sunny scenery…perfect for this Monday, don’t you think?
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Sunday is dog day afternoon in Moro Bay California in winter time!
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Squirrels come from all across America for their annual beach convention in Cambria California.
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Peli can cage fish from the fishermen,
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and is on the lookout for handouts.
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Vain egret keeps her feathers looking lovely.

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Oystercatcher snoozes in the sun,

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while pied billed grebe scouts the sea for supper.
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Winter sunset sends you cheers from Oxnard California~

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PERFECT

This is why human beings can never be, and will never be, perfect…Mother Nature has already mastered perfection. We can only gaze, awestruck, and capture these moments.
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Roar~

I’m betting that the sound is impressive…Cindy captures the moment perfectly with her photography and verse!
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When thousands of snow geese,
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rise,

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they roar!

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Like massive waterfalls,

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they deafen all sound,

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but for the beating thrum of thousands of wings.
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They blanket the sky,
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blocking the sun,
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with blinding white,

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generating their own spectacular light!

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Cheers to you from the wintering snow geese at The Salton Sea~

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Owled Again~

I love owls…I have yet to see one in the wild, though! I’ve seen more bats than owls – these nocturnal birds are elusive, and remarkably silent. Wonderful photos!
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Burrowing Owl populations in San Diego County have been sharply depleted by extensive development and are at risk for local extinction.
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In San Diego they are a protected species under the Multi-Species Protection Act, and are protected by state and federal wildlife agencies.
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The Living Coast Discovery Center in The San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge is breeding these remarkable little owls and visitors can get up close and personal with these very curious creatures which is an incredible experience.
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In the wild Burrowing Owls live mostly in squirrel and gopher burrows, often sharing space with their furry room mates.
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The most reliable place to view Borrowing Owls in the wild in Southern California is at The Sony Bono Nature Preserve at The Salton Sea.
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Artificial burrows have been set up here where you can watch the owls and their nests in the wild which is quite fascinating!
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Salton Sea Shorebirds~

Some beautiful photos of wintering waterfowl – thanks for sharing, Cindy!
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Snowy Egret hunting for dinner,

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plunges his beak,
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and pulls out a fish!
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Night Herons, White Faced Ibis, Snowy Egrets and Great White Herons, block my path!

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424 different bird species have been identified at The Salton Sea, including this handsome Snowy Egret with striped stocking legs.
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The placid Black Bellied Plover eats bugs in the sand,
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while White Pelicans lumber off as I near.
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They soon skid back,
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flashing irked looks my way!
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Great Blue Herons watch as if saying, β€œI’m a very big bird, you better be careful, if you come my way!”
Cheers to you from the wintering shorebirds at The Salton Sea~

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