Thursday, July 28, 2011

Birds and Smiles

Today I share with you a variety of bird pictures.
I hope you enjoy them at least half as much as I enjoyed getting them.

A few weeks ago when my sister,Becky, and I were out just looking around ,these American White Pelicans came soaring over.
I never get tired of seeing these large birds,soar so effortlessly in the sky.


I showed one other picture of a Black Tern,on a previous post, who was unhappy at my presence.
Here is another one,or maybe the same bird,giving me that evil look.


As I watched these birds I realized quickly why the distress.
Here you can see a Tern sitting on what I presume to be a nest.
I was quite excited to have found this nest,because I had read that they are usually well hidden.I guess there is always an exception,as this was right beside the road.


A little further up the road,this Eastern Kingbird was ready to serve lunch.Yummy!
OK,so I,personally, would rather have a burger,but I'm sure the waiting young Kingbirds will have enjoyed the meal.


On a different day,while I was out alone,I captured this Eastern Bluebird doing a wing wave.The female was just out of the picture,so,this was perhaps a signal to her.
Or maybe he was waving good-bye to me,in hopes that I would leave.

Birds are so fascinating to observe.I am thankful to have had these opportunities to capture these images.


Today I was reminded of a saying my Dad had,so that is my thought for today:
Of all the things you wear,
Your smile is the most important.


Back when I was teenager (that's a long time ago) I would get very upset when Dad used this saying,as I complained about not having anything to wear,or that my hair was not behaving just right.
Today I understand what he meant and agree with this statement.

31 comments:

  1. Ruth, wonderful shots! I have watched those pelicans fy
    Lying and I think they are the only bird that flies for the pure joy of flying! They soar in great circles in the sky!

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  2. Dads are often wiser than we give them credit for. Beautiful bird pictures, Ruth, especially the black tern giving you the evil eye.

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  3. Fabulous photos, Ruth, and I like your captions too. We've got 2 sets of kingbirds that have set up home in our eavestroughs - so far so good as the summer has been extremely dry. I think your dad was quite wise.

    Thank you for your support. I hope you're finding some peace too.

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  4. These are great pictures. I agree that the Tern was giving you the evil eye. I like the bluebird's wing wave as well.

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  5. Great catch of the Dragon Fly for the bird and for you. :) Also the waving bird is pretty cute.

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  6. Wonderful shots - and I agree with you. I would rather have a burger. :)

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  7. These are great photos, Ruth. The king bird shot is amazing. We have kingbirds around here, but usually I hear them rather than see them. We also get an occasional white pelican wander down from up further north. The brown pelicans have made such a great comeback from the 70's an 80's that the white pelicans don't get a look in.

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  8. Your shots are beautiful Betsy. I especially like the little Kingfisher with the dragonfly, it's so delicate. And the little bluebird made me laugh, too....how cute!! Diane

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  9. Wonderful shots, Ruth! Love that little Kingbird with its prize.

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  10. I think your dad was a very smart man!! Lovely pictures. How on earth did you get that bird eating a dragonfly, such a rare find! I have never seen a real pelican!

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  11. Ruth, What wonderful captures--love the one where he "snagged" a bug! Great shots!!! Have a wonderful weekend. Mickie :)

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  12. i SO agree with your father. :)

    and these photos are just awesome! i love all the birds you get to see. the kingbird with the dragonfly lunch is awesome! :)

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  13. The photos put a smile on my face as I enjoyed them and your thoughts. What a treat to see God's beautiful creation from your camera lens.

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  14. I still marvel at all the wonderful birds you find in MANITOBA of all places, LOL! These are such great shots Ruth! God's awesome creation! Have a blessed week-end - keep smiling - makes everyone wonder you're up to, lol!

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  15. I always love your bird pictures, Ruth!

    You know what?! I think Terns are in a perpetual state of ANGRY. Every time I see one, he or she is all uptight about me even being in the same ACRE as the nest, or whatever it is they're protecting. I mean, yeah I am sure they deal with predators but get over it! haha!

    I have been attacked by arctic terns before. Don't like them, they scare me! I'm sure you could tell. ;o)

    Your quote about the smile is one of the ideals that I hope to achieve every single day! I am happy to report that it almost always works. Smiling makes me feel better, even (especially) when I don't feel like I'm smiling on the inside!

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  16. You treat us to some of the best bird shows ever.

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  17. HI Ruth...loved this post...especially liked the Kingbirds catch...nice photo!!
    I thought it was Bye Bye Blackbird not Blue Bird..by the way that was before my time lol.
    Wearing a smile ..love that!!

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  18. Those pelicans really are magnificent birds. They were on our local lake for a time this year and were a first for me.

    Like your Dad's saying!

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  19. these are just awesome ruth!! you are getting really good at those flight shots!!

    i'm with you on the juicey burger!!!

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  20. Ruth, the pictures are wonderful! What a fabulous shot of the kingfisher!

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  21. These are some fantastic photos of pelicans flying...beautiful!

    I really like the pic of the bluebird waving one wing. I've never seen that before.

    And finally, I love your dad's quote. What a wonderful memory of your father!

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  22. I loove these bird photos. Great Post Ruth.

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  23. White Pelicans and Black Terns; very impressive birds!

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  24. You take such wonderful photos ... and your Dad's saying is a good reminder.

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  25. Love the pelicans! I shot my first ones this summer. Amazing how graceful they are.

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  26. Seeing the first photo, I kind of remember Jonathan Livingstone Seagull... Lovely photos!

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  27. Ruth your bird shots here are WoNdErFuL!!!!

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  28. Ah, the wisdom of the ages. Great bird shots. I love getting good photos of birds to, but it seems the only decent ones I get are of Seagulls. Well . . . I won't give up.

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  29. You gave me a smile today :-) I like the wing wave and the "lunch" shot. (I'll take a burger, too) How neat that you found the tern nest. You take really good flying shots....I can't ever get them focused until it is too late.

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  30. Beautiful photos...I'm catching up with my blog visits...or at least trying to!

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  31. Great photos! I don't think I have ever seen a kingbird capture a dragonfly before!

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