One of my all-time fave lil dudes, the mega colorful Mr Northern Cardinal. Snapped between downpours @ Lake Lynn, Raleigh, North Carolina.
(Standard) American Wood Duck, snapped @ Lake Jordan, Apex, NC. The chocolate and silver leucistic variants, snapped @ Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Scotland Neck, NC.
Toss a few peanuts on a tree stump, erect a bird bath, and hey, we're talking a feathered friend for life. Actually, two, since Mr. + Mrs. Blue Jay know nadda 'bout divorce.
Behold, the gorgeous ❤️ Scarlet Macaw, ❤️ formally deemed "endangered"😱 on February 25th of this year. In its public notification that date, the federal government explained.
This one hurts, because it taught me the true meaning of extinct. Only 150 of these golden gems exist, only in captivity. But global efforts continue to reawaken these treasured treats in the wild.
Yesterday, my peripheral vision caught Lil Zorro. I stopped, plopped in a chair near the window, and focused on Nature's show. My spirit, doused in visual Valium, danced. Today I am grateful for refusing to overlook the usual.