Turtle Love & Some Birds

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought that "will you be my Valentine?" would be a good caption for these two turtles I saw the other day.

One of the specialties of the Rio Grande Valley is the Green Jay. Here, three contemplate the slim pickings at a feeder.

The biggest dove here is the White-tipped Dove, here shown beside a House Sparrow.

This male Green Kingfisher is quite the dude.

The Great Kiskadee is a beautiful but noisy flycatcher.

This Couch’s/Tropical Kingbird was quiet so he’s tough to identify.

The lighting for this Neotropic Cormorant is not good so you can’t see his bright eye. His long tail is the clue. His Double-crested cousins have much shorter tails (in relation to their bodies.)

We are still awed by the colors and diversity of the species we see and hear. It’s never "Just another Green Jay" day for us. Good birding.

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2 Responses to Turtle Love & Some Birds

  1. Heather Campbell says:

    Wow! on the green kingfisher. However did you manage to get a shot from above?

  2. Ginny Alfano says:

    I am absolutely blown away by all the beautiful birds you are seeing in the Rio Grande Valley. I suddenly realize how small my world really is – I have NEVER seen one of those birds! When my husband retires, we really need to take a few trips to see birds like that. The turtles are priceless with their legs and feet sticking straight out in total ecstasy – a really sweet photo 🙂 .

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