It's been a soggy few days here in the Coastal Bend! And tho it keeps me indoors most of the time, I ventured out early Friday morning with the camera in hand to take a look-see at things in the yard. I was greeted by this hummer that seems to remain here instead of the usual migration a couple of months ago. Experts tell us to quit feeding them after the migration season. That, I can't figure out...those that decide to stick around for one reason or another need to be fed - and with the drought there is not too much in the nectar found in flowers... And as long as they continue to come to the feeder, I'm keepin' it filled!! I say "Why not"?
The flowers are, as the commercial says "Lovin' It!"
...and the sky is nearly a luminous glow in the dark blue as the light of day peeks through the ominous clouds at the hour of sunrise!!
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It's beginning to dry out some from the near week of sporadic misty air and rains. I'm thankful for the moisture and happy as a lark to have a bit of sun coming out. Everything is greening up nicely. It's been way too long a spell of Autumn like lawns and watering restrictions not helping our turf at all. Around here, it should be lush and green year 'round [lawns for sure]...but not the last three years. I'm enjoying the more norm. Anyway, being cooped up indoors during the hot rainy days, I posted how boredom overtook me and I brought out my sketch pad. Sketching an osprey. And I mentioned I began a new drawing of a spoonbill. I finished that one in record time. LOL
Here it is:
...in this week's comments someone asked about their pink color. Actually, the roseate spoonbill is hatched 'grayish white' and it's their main diet of seafood, crustaceans, and the like; that of carotenoid rich organisms like shrimp that eventually turns their feathers pink. The more they eat, the pinker they get. Just like the flamingos. A bit of the spoonbill history for the USA --especially the ROSEATE: During the Victorian Era, they were slaughtered to near extinction because of the demand of their pink feathers for women's fans and hats in the 1800s...now, they are protected [as many birds are] and making a strong comeback, yet, I've read that today, threats to roseate spoonbill populations will come as a result of habitat loss.