Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Birds of a feather

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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.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge - Birds of a feather - swallows in their nest
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Birds of a feather – swallows in their nest

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.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge - Birds of a feather - a swallow's nest
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Birds of a feather – a swallow’s nest

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.

Mourning dove sitting on its nest and eggs
Mourning dove sitting on its nest and eggs

Here’s a West African crane taking a nap. What a cool hairdo!

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge - Birds of a feather - West African crane
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Birds of a feather – West African crane

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.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge - Birds of a feather - Flamingo and duck
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Birds of a feather – Flamingo and duck

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…

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge - Birds of a feather - Blue heron
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Birds of a feather – Blue heron

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.

Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge - Birds of a feather - Green heron
Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Birds of a feather – Green heron

Sunday Post: Peaceful

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Today I’m participating in Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post photo challenge. This week’s theme is Peaceful. As always, you can click on each image below for a larger view.

I find many aspects of nature very peaceful: the landscapes, the components (water always has a calming effect on me), the smells, the colors and the living creatures (except the predator type!).

For this particular post, I have chosen to feature animals that tend to display a peaceful behavior. Mourning doves are my first pick. I see many of them every day and I hear them cooing to each other, especially during the mating season. There’s something very peaceful about the sounds of doves cooing, don’t you think?

Sunday Post: Peaceful mourning doves
Sunday Post: Peaceful mourning doves

I took my next photo at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. These beautiful gerenuk antelopes were laying down in the tall grass. Their long necks and heads make them look like telescopes, don’t they? I love how they’re enjoying a peaceful sunbathing moment at the park.

Sunday Post: Peaceful generuk antelopes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Sunday Post: Peaceful generuk antelopes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

I took the last photo featured below during the same trip, just down the path from the gerenuk antelopes. That’s where I spotted a couple of West African cranes. They too had decided to give a rest to their long legs and lay down on the ground for a little nap. West African cranes have the best hairdo, don’t they?

Sunday Post: Peaceful West African cranes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Sunday Post: Peaceful West African cranes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

I hope these photos brought you a little peace today. What do you find most peaceful in your life?