Pretty Blue

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Electric Blue – Gatorland – March 2015

“Even Monkeys fall out of trees” – Japanese Proverb

His breeding plumage blue is fading, maybe I’ll get better pics next year. You can get a flavor for how dramitic the color change is, his beak is usually dark to yellow.

Quote found in the book The Zen of Creativity by John Daido Loori.

Random Birds

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Cormorant – Gatorland – March 2015

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Emu – Gatorland – March 2015

“Usually we don’t even look at anything at all” – Chogyam Trungpa

Although these guys seem to be looking at you!

Of course the emu is captive, the cormorant was nesting in the rookery.

Quote found in the book The Zen of Creativity by John Daido Loori.

Triumph – Photo 101

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Triumph – Gatorland – March 2015

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Wrestlers – Gatorland – March 2015

If I had to guess that Great is feeling pretty triumphant. As for the two gators – not really sure if it’s triumph, domination, or if he’s stuck.

Photo 101 has been great fun, where do we go from here? I’ve thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the like minded bloggers and gaining a glimpse into their world. THANK YOU. I have noticed several bloggers are embarked on other photo challenges, etc. Please let me know about them – I would love to participate.

Special thanks to the Blogging U. folks for putting this together.

Babies

Great Egret

Baby Great Egret – Gatorland – March 2015

Great Egret

Waiting for Mom – Gatorland – March 2015

“I shut my eyes in order to see: – Paul Gauguin

Gatorland in Orlando has a wonderful rookery. And while it may not seem logical, gators and nesting birds have a symbiotic relationship. Nests are made in the trees above swimming gators. The birds lose an occasional egg or two, and in turn get protection from the rest of the creatures.

Quote found in the book The Zen of Creativity by John Daido Loori.

Rivals

Great Egrets

Rivals – Gatorland – March 2015

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Great Egret – Orlando Wetlands Park – March 2015

“He that falls in love with himself has no rivals.” Benjamin Franklin

Both these pictures show great egrets with some indication of breeding plumage. Note the green feathers around the face. I’m starting to see a pattern here – like the ibis it’s facial feathers that attract. Hmm, perhaps we men should be growing beards.

Quote found at https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/rivals