Last week Dan and I actually got to do a little birdwatching. My back has been improving, but not healed. After 12 therapy sessions, I felt brave enough to see what was going on at Lake Morton. It is in Lakeland, Florida and you can park across the street from the lake. Easy walk for me.
Needless to say, I was excited about getting out birdwatching, but the birds had other ideas. There were very few birds other than the normal residents hanging around for a hand out. Guess the winter birds haven’t arrived yet. That top pictures show the lack of birds on the lake.
“If you happen to come upon a bird’s nest along the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young; you shall certainly let the mother go, but the young you may take for yourself, in order that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days.” (Deuteronomy 22:6-7 NASB)
Aflac is not the name of this domestic Peking/Mallard Duck. She is pretty though she is a hybrid. She was busy working on her nest and you can see some of the things she was adding below.
Other interesting birds were some immature White Ibises, an immature Limpkin and some Wood Ducks. Like I said, it was rather quiet.
Any day we can go birdwatching is always enjoyable. There is usually something that is there to see. Life is not made up of big events all the time, just the everyday normal sights. When we do get to see special birds or whatever, then that makes them extra nice.
Here is a video of that Wood Duck and his mate bouncing around in the water. Trust you don’t get seasick. They seem to have been created to handle floating and bobbing well.
The water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. (Genesis 7:18 NASB)
Thanks for sharing your water birds Lee, glad to here of improvement in your back, it is so hard for us when we are not able to get about, especially for us active birders!. It is interesting to see how different your Wood Duck is to ours. May the Lord grant you full recovery:-)
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Thanks, Aussiebirder. I’ll have to look your Wood Ducks up and see the difference. As for the back, I actually didn’t get the best of news this week from my Dr. Seems every 10-15 yrs. the next vertebra will slip. I went 9 yrs before this one slipped. I have Spondylolisthesis. Rods are holding my S1-L5. This one is L4. In time L3 will slide. Only advantage I have is I’m 72 and there aren’t that many 10-15 yrs left. :)
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