Profiles in feathers

     While on one of our overnights respites to Orlando, the Editor and I were walking around one of the Disney attractions. An artist was busy cutting out profiles/black silhouettes of tourists for framing. I had on my signature Greek fishing hat. My profile is now etched for eternity in our bedroom. I am sure someday it will end up in a landfill but for now it remains, the black outlined image of a man, a husband, a mustached sailor, and yet a mystery to even myself at times.

     I have been collecting profile shots of my feathered friends too. Now all I need is a glance at their profiles and I recognize them immediately. I am amazed at the intricate details that can be seen in the types and colors of feathers on the various species. Owl feathers have wispy tips that silence the sound of this bird of prey in flight and focus even the slightest noise to their sensitive ears. Some birds like the adult Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills have lost most of their head feathers due to the bacteria in the muddy creeks which migrate up the beaks and devour the feathers. The cardinals display intricate design in the feathers. Raptor profiles are very impressive looking. The sharp beaks and piercing eyes captivate the viewer.

     I hope you enjoy these profiles. I looked out the window yesterday and saw one that made my heart leap for joy. A sure sign of spring arrived. There was that familiar shape, the white strip under the eyes and Yellow plume on the crown of the head. Yes, “George”, the Yellow-crowned Night and his family have returned to the Broward. It was the same week last year that he arrived, just like clockwork. Blessings. Harry

It's Springtime...George the Yellow-crowned Night heron is back with his family!

It's Springtime...George the Yellow-crowned Night heron is back with his family!

My name isn't George,,,I am a Canada Goose you silly goose!

My name isn't George,,,I am a Canada Goose you silly goose!

Bad hair feather day for a Snowy Egret

Goose Goose....DUCK! I am a mottled duck female!

Goose Goose....DUCK! I am a mottled duck female!

I'm a diving duck called a Hooded Merganser

Female Red Cardinal,,note the intricate feather patterns

Female Red Cardinal,,note the intricate feather patterns

You need a Long lens to get my long beak said the Juvenile White Ibis

You need a Long lens to get my long beak said the Juvenile White Ibis

White Ibis (mature) profile...ole Blue Eyes

Great Egret Profile,,my neck is so long I got to scrunch it to get in the picture

I am the Editor's favorite...Pied-billed Grebe, another diving duck

I am the Editor's favorite...Pied-billed Grebe, another diving duck

I'm unique to Florida..I am the Florida Scrub Jay

Ok, I'm a Turkey...Turkey Vulture that is

Tricolored Heron Profile

He who laughs last is a Laughing Gull

I got the cute award..Royal Tern hatchling

I got the cute award..Royal Tern hatchling

I get the ugly award..I am a Wood Stork..don't recommend my barber...

 Tricolored Heron chick

 Tricolored Heron chick

Who do you think you are? I am the Great Horned Owl

Who do you think you are? I am the Great Horned Owl

Barred Owl,,note the way the feathers focus sound to the ears with the eye mask

Barred Owl,,note the way the feathers focus sound to the ears with the eye mask

Broward Bob, the Little Blue Heron

Red Shouldered Hawk making a loud squawk

Artistic rendition of an Anhinga male profile

Swallow-tailed Kite

Great Blue Heron

Boat Tailed Grackle female profile

Snail Kite with Escargot hook

Snail Kite with Escargot hook

Black-crowned Night Heron...note the nictitating membrane

Royal Tern Profile

American Great Bald Eagle...King of the sky

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