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I’m participating in LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s Challenge is: Birds of a Feather!
I’ll start with a couple of photos I took yesterday of my neighbor’s house, right under their roof. We have tons of swallows (swifts if you don’t live in the U.S.) in San Diego and it’s nesting season right now. This swallow couple started building their mud nest just this week and they’ve been busy finishing it up to lay their eggs.
Here’s another shot of just one of the parents. I can’t wait to see little chicks in there. I love watching the swallows hunting for insects every evening. It’s amazing to see so many of them moving so fast through in the air without flying into one another.
Talking about nests, here’s a dove sitting on its eggs. We have tons of mourning doves here too. I love listening to their soft cooing in the quiet of the morning.
Here’s a West African crane taking a nap. What a cool hairdo!
I can’t help but laugh when I look at the next photo, where the duck is acting like he’s a flamingo, although his legs are about two feet too short. I guess he’s the real ugly duckling.
This great blue heron below was a freeloader at the San Diego Zoo, eyeing the small fish in the crocodile pond. I wonder if the crocodiles were eyeing him too…
Talking about herons, my last photo is of a green heron, which is a lot smaller than the great blue heron. A good looking little guy I should add.
I love that you spot those little things, like the images of the swallows. I’m sure I’d walk right by them and not notice a thing. 🙂
Well, you could probably walk right by a dove’s nest because they’re very quiet in there (they’re silly enough to make their nests in very accessible places by prey). But swallows are very chatty and constantly fly in and out of their nests, so they’re easier to spot. I could see there was something sticking out of there but I had to grab the camera and zoom in all the way to see them.
Oh, the African crane is so showy, it eclipses everybody. 🙂 But each winged one is a darling.
Thank you, cranes do like to show off!
Great birds shots, Milka. The Morning Dove is lovely and the flamingo shot did make me smile!
Thanks, Jane, I’m happy to make you smile. 🙂