Saturday, September 12, 2015

Floral and four-footed critters

Hi everyone. I've been away for a few days...

Grant and I loaded the bike and on Tuesday morning rode down the East Coast. We stayed over with Grant's brother, Chilly and sister-in-law, Shelly. Chilly has bought himself a Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster . Grant went down to help him fit forward controls (foot rests) and a few other accouterments. 

While the men played around with this toy on the patio, Shelly took me to a bird hide a few minutes ride from her home. There I met the most knowledgeable birder and excellent bird photographer whom I'd only ever seen on e-mails.  (I'll post more about our outing on Wednesday)

The hide overlooks a wide expanse of water dammed there by the SAPPI paper mill nearby. So a wonderful opportunity to photograph water birds, ducks, waders and more. 
 You have to take my word for it...
...that this is... Egyptian Goose! 
And this is...

...Yellow-billed Duck! 

When we arrived home on Thursday, the Amaryllis I'd posted about last Saturday 
was in full bloom
Chappie had found a box stacked inside a box and actually managed to squash her large frame into it! 
She always poses when she sees me !
Madame Casual
AKA The Paw!
Here in my office the first blooms of the Spathiphyllum had opened

I'm linking to Saturday Critters with Eileen here

Here's wishing you all a wonderful Saturday! 


  1. adorable kitty. :) love those ducks and their butts, too!

  2. Hee you had me laughing with the ducks bums. They are pretty when they surface. Your pot plants look so healthy and the cat too.

  3. Hi Jo, I enjoyed all your photos. The ducks with their rear ends in the air look funny. I seldom see them like this but it looks like you managed to catch a few of them dipping their heads in water. No doubt eating. I love the photos of chappie. She looks like she is enjoying herself and the new blossom on your plant is very beautiful. What a pleasant surprise for you when you returned from travels.xx

  4. WOW! That sounds like a trip trip you and Grant had an it was marvellous that you got some biring ddone. ALL great shots of the Ducks, tow of which I knew from Malawi. Now my favourite shot in today's post is the Peekaboo one. Gorgeous. Have a lovely weekend Jo.

  5. i actually giggled out loud when I saw the Chappie photos. the paw is purrfect and love the peaking through the cracks. my first ever of a yellowbilled duck and the Egyptian goose. they are beautiful and i love the bottoms up view.... great post, welcome back

  6. Hello Jo, I love the bottoms up duck shots. The Egyptian Goose is pretty. And your Chappie looks cute playing in the box! I love your Amaryllis, it is beautiful. Wonderful photos! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

  7. Nice shots - cats are so funny!

  8. You have a fun series here. :)
    Love the striped flowers. :)

  9. It's good to see an authentic Egyptian Goose. I say that because there's a feral population in the UK as well as occasional escapees from wildfowl collections. This means that any that turn up somewhere out of the ordinary are looked upon with suspicion by birders who like truly wild birds for their lists.


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